1. Prayers: Pray that youth we minister to will continue to embrace and grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus
  2. Pray for wisdom for our staff to make Godly decisions allowing for maximum program growth and youth coming to Christ.
  3. Pray that our grant requests are fruitful for the ministry.
  4. Pray for our donor base to grow as God leads
  5. Pray for the staff of Dan Street, Indian River and Cuyahoga Hills

Giving and Serving (pray for guidance from God in where He leads you to serve)

  1. Making lunch for the youth who work on the farm.
  2. Teaching Bible studies
  3. Helping with our various outreaches
  4. Mentoring the youth


Organizational Changes:
Thank you Jim Rios!

Jim Rios, who has served as our Director of Ministry since 2011 and has run the True North Landscaping ministry/business, is moving on to new ventures in the private sector. Jim did an amazing job of balancing the demands of the landscaping ministry for 9 months of the year, while keeping up with
training, overseeing our mentoring program, leading our teams of ministry volunteers in the detention facilities, leading special projects like True North Discipleship House, doing development work such as speaking at churches and local small groups, and overseeing our annual Christmas Wise Guy Bag initiative. While we will miss having Jim lead these ministries, the good news is that Jim has decided to join our Board and will continue to work as a volunteer. Thank you, Jim for all you’ve done for True North, and we look forward to all the Lord is going to continue to do through you as a Board member and volunteer!

Thank you Pat Keating!

Pat Keating has served as our Chairman for the past 10 years. Pat led our Board meetings with tremendous skill, Godly wisdom, and enjoyable wit. His knowledge of legal issues was a much-valued asset to the ministry. Pat’s commitment to True North has been outstanding in many ways. We will miss your leadership and input to this ministry, Pat. Thank you for your outstanding service and support!

Welcome New Board Members:

Bill Heitman:

Bill has served as a volunteer in our Sunday morning Dan Street ministry for over five years. Bill is an executive with Ashland Corporation and has served as a Deacon for many years at Christ Community Chapel. Bill has extensive experience in youth ministry and Bible studies and brings a lot of passion, experience and leadership skill to our board. He and his wife Joanne reside in

Michael Ray:

Michael has been a True North volunteer at Dan Street for many years. He has led many young people to pray to accept the Lord as Savior through his dramatic personal testimony. He is a member of Stow Missionary and Christian Alliance Church where he is a Sunday School Teacher for teenagers. He is a lifelong resident of Akron.

Mailing address: 3465 S. Arlington Rd., E-174, Akron 44312Compass Center: 1060 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd., Akron 44312Phone: (330)

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Since 2002, True North Ministry has liberated imprisoned youth who not only are confined behind bars but who have also been confined by their life’s circumstances. We focus on the young men and women incarcerated in or paroled through the State and County correctional facilities. Currently, over 150 volunteers disciple and equip imprisoned youth with Christian-based programming. We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.