Chaplain Gene Presley
I facilitate every week in 3 prisons.After just moving to Tallahassee in 2015 and being allowed the privilege of joining GEMS in 2016, I was able to expanded to other prisons in the Tallahassee area. Unlike many of the GEMS Chaplains, I have never lived in a prison. When I first began going into prison with Kiaros at Century CI in 2008 , I heard the stories of the incarcerated men and realized those were my stories.. A young life of verbal and physical abuse, government housing, 5 different elementary schools. We moved every time the rent came due while running from bill collectors. When I first went to school, I thought English was a foreign language as I only knew the curse words used toward me. In trouble and first arrested at 15 years old and in adult jail, four more indiscretions before age 30 and I realized the only way to fill the empty hole in me that I was trying to fill up with other things was through Jesus.
Gene joined the GEMS team in 2016!
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