Dismas International

Dismas International is a death row ministry initiative named after St. Dismas, who was the penitent thief crucified next to Jesus, and is the patron saint of condemned criminals. We provide spiritual support and penfriends for men and women on death row.

35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:35-36)

The vision of Dismas International is establishing a network of people willing to pray for inmates on death row, and providing them with names of inmates to pray for, especially those whose executions are imminent, those who are especially suffering, and those who have requested prayer.

Prayer is also encouraged for friends and family of those on death row. And also for those who have lost loved ones to crimes that have resulted in men and women being convicted and sentenced to death.

We also distribute death penalty news and information, facilitate penfriends for death row inmates, and engage in some advocacy on death penalty issues. But our primary focus is prayer and spiritual support.

DismasInternational operates through social media. Please 'like' the Dismas International Facebook page if you want to post or be kept informed of prayer requests and the latest death penalty news. Please also like the Voices for death row inmates Facebook page, as we work closely with each other.

And before anybody asks, yes of course we care about the victims of crime, and we support anything that can be done to support them. But we feel strongly about extending compassion to the most unloved and most outcast in society. And there are few in society that are more unloved and more outcast than those who are in prison. Especially those who are on death row.

Dismas International is a completely separate organisation to Dismas Project Inc, which is a USA-based prison ministry that has been operating for over 20 years. But we fully support their work, and we encourage you to support them as well.

Dismas International was founded in 2014.



The following inmates in the USA currently have executions scheduled during 2019.

28 February - Billie Wayne Coble (Texas)

28 March - Patrick Murphy (Texas)

11 April - Mark Allen Robertson (Texas)

24 April - John William King (Texas)

2 May - Dexter Johnson (Texas)

16 May - Donnie Edward Johnson (Tennessee)

29 May - Cleveland Jackson (Ohio)

10 July - Kareem M. Jackson (Ohio)

14 August - Gregory Lott (Ohio)

15 August - Stephen Michael West (Tennessee)

4 September - Billy Jack Crutsinger (Texas)

12 September Warren K. Henness (Ohio)

10 October - Charles Walton Wright (Tennessee)

17 October - Angelo Fears (Ohio)

5 December - Lee Hall Jr. (Tennessee)

11 December - James Hanna (Ohio)

Please pray for them, their friends and family, and the friends and family of the victims of the crimes that have resulted in them being sentenced to death.

See this longer list of executions scheduled in the USA if you want some other names of people to pray for.


Contact us

Go to the Dismas International Facebook page and send us a message.

Follow the founder of Dismas International on Twitter at https://twitter.com/darrylward if you want to keep up with the latest death penalty news.

Encountering Christ on Death Row tells the story of how he became involved with death row ministry.

Read Twelve reasons why I oppose the death penalty.

This page was last updated on Wednesday 20 February 2019.