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Founder and CEO of Heart of Texas Foundation

to speak at Concordia on Wednesday, October 9

Grove Norwood, founders and CEO for Heart of Texas Foundation, Inc. will be on campus Wednesday, October 9 to share his inspiring message about forgiveness and reconciliation.  Heart of Texas Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organizations whose mission is to help bring a culture of safety, forgiveness and reconciliation to the prison system of Texas.

Grove will lead chapel services at 10:30 am in the chapel in Building A and will lead a presentation following the service at 11 am.  This event is free and open to the community.

About Norwood:

Norwood is a native Texan, a former USAF fighter pilot, having flown jet fighters in the USA and Europe/NATO. He is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, having flown over 400 missions as a “Bird Dog” pilot, directing air strikes as a Forward Air Controller (FAC).

A former businessman and small business owner, he was called to enter a full time commitment to The Heart of Texas Foundation in 2009, as the “The Heart of Texas” documentary began its impact in prisons in Texas and the United States.

The Heart of Texas Foundation was born out of a tragedy which resulted in God’s grace exploding in a small Texas town just west of Houston. An award winning documentary titled “The Heart of Texas” now shares this incredible but true story with the world.

When the movie found its way into prisons in Texas and other states, a major discovery was made—its impact on incarcerated men and women is profound. This impact continues to grow as prisoners experience its powerful message. Prison officials show the film again and again.

“The Heart of Texas” documentary has reached people, churches and prisons around the world.

As a result of prisoners’ viewing of the movie, the State of Texas decided to have the movie shown in all of the more than 100 Texas prisons. In addition, the Texas prison system asked Grove personally to go into all the prisons in Texas and present his personal message to inmates—male, female, and teenagers.

Then, in an historic move, The Heart of Texas Foundation became the catalyst in the establishment of Texas’ first 4-year, fully accredited Theological Seminary to be located inside a maximum security prison—the Darrington maximum security men’s Penitentiary in Rosharon, Texas. The students are men with life sentences or extremely long sentences who will, after graduation, be sent as newly appointed “Field Ministers” to other prisons in Texas to minister on the Chaplains’ staffs. Over time, the Seminary will deliver hundreds of these inmate “missionaries” to prisons all over the state of Texas.

The student body is scheduled to grow in size each year, and doubled its enrollment at the end of its very first semester. Now in its third academic year, enrollment is up to 116 students, with another 40 scheduled to be admitted in 2014. The Heart of Texas Foundation and its donors are committed to provide the private funding to keep the Seminary doors open.

Posted by melinda.brasher@concordia.edu • Oct. 08, 2013

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