Our mission: To reach the least of these with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through praise and worship, the preaching of God’s Word and a powerful prison testimony.
Inside the Razorwire: Sing for the King Ministries, first and foremost, ministers in prisons. They provide weekly services for Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City and Kansas City Reentry Center in Kansas City; monthly they lead services at Boonville Correctional Center in Boonville, MO, Maryville Treatment Center in Maryville, MO and Jefferson City Correctional Center, the maximum security prison, in Jefferson City. They visit Moberly Correctional Center, Farmington Correctional Center, Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Correctional, Cremer Therapeutic Community Center and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center quarterly and other prisons throughout the year. Along with these services, they participate in prison baptism services and memorial services. Sing for the King also schedules prison concerts at various prisons with bands willing to give their time and talents.
Outside the Razorwire: Since beginning this ministry in mid-2016, Sing for the King has had many opportunities to do ministry outside prison walls. From homeless shelters, rescue missions, revivals, conferences, celebrate recovery meetings and more, Sing for the King has had the honor to share the Gospel and minister to those who have been affected by incarceration whether in their own family or life.
Johnny Allen is a walking testimony for prison ministry. During his incarceration at a maximum security prison Johnny surrendered his life to Jesus. After his release Johnny felt called to give away what he had been given, the life-changing power of the Gospel. He has been testifying in prisons for the past several years and is living proof that men in prison can experience real change through the power of Jesus Christ. Johnny is currently working for City Union Mission empowering men to rebuild their lives in Christ.
Listen to Johnny’s Story:
Christy Hoagland is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Christy started writing music in 2016 using God’s Word. She began leading these songs in prisons and at other venues and was overwhelmed at the impact they were making in the lives of offenders and others. She is donating a copy of her newly released album to every institution in Missouri to encourage offenders and point them to Jesus and the Bible. Christy has a Certificate in Worship Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and along with leading worship in prisons leads worship at conferences, church events, and revivals. She relishes every opportunity to sing for her King and is in awe of Him every day for using her in worship and prison ministry.
James Hoagland is a licensed, ordained minister that has a passion for prison ministry. He has studied at Liberty University and served in many pastoral roles with youth, children, & families. James preaches God’s Word in prisons and at revivals, churches, shelters and other services and events.
James and Christy have been married for over 26 years and have two wonderful, grown boys – Cameron (wife, Danii) and Christian (wife, Sydney) and granddaughter, Faye.
“Sing for the King Ministries recently began leading our 3rd Sunday evening CG main worship service, and have immediately become our most popular worship leaders/preachers. They are really easy to work with…they have servant hearts…and their worship leadership and preaching is phenomenal! Christy Hoagland is a fabulous worship leader and soloist! James is a great preacher and Johnny Allen identifies with the offenders in a very real way!! If you want your offenders to meet with Jesus, I recommend that you invite Sing for the King Ministries to conduct a worship service or concert!” – Chaplain, JCCC (February 2017)
“Just wanted to thank James, Christy, and Johnny for bringing love, hope, and Jesus into Algoa prison. You helped me change from the inside out through your services and I am happy to say that I live for Jesus Christ. I just got released and I plan to carry the message hope on the outside of the fence. Thanks again for saving my life. Love you guys! I am redeemed! Your Christian friend.” – Offender T.
“I want you guys to know ya’ll saved my life by sharing the message of Christ with me in a way I never heard it before. Special thanks to Johnny for letting me know I don’t have to settle for a ”wasted” life. Amen!” – Offender A.
“Your ministry has brought me closer to God and saved my life. Thank you.” – Offender E.
“I have come to know Jesus Christ on a personal level through Sing for the King Ministries, they changed my life forever.” – Offender T.
“I just want to say thank you for all the time you gave us…you all are truly blessed and filled with the Spirit. You all helped me get back to where I needed to be with God.” – Offender P.
“They encouraged and helped strengthen my personal relationship with the Lord. I’m forever grateful that they allow God to use them for “HIS” glory!!!! – Offender E.
“I was so blessed to have Sing for the King come in to Algoa Correctional and bring amazingly great worship and ministry! I can still hear the songs wherever I go and really know how to worship the Lord through song wherever I am at! I’ll never forget!” – Offender N.
“I found Jesus on April 14, 2016 at Algoa Correctional and was baptized on July 20, 2016. Upon release from prison, the bad people I used to hang around showed up. I kept quoting resist the devil and he will flee from you and after a few weeks those people disappeared and my ministry took off full blast, I am now actually involved in a church. I thank God that He saved me, seven years of incarceration, seven different times…I faced death many times, but Jesus Christ set me free and today I praise Him, praise Him, Hallelujah! I pray that everyone that walks out of prison will walk out of there with the armor of God and carry their Bible, their sword and know that Jesus Christ is beside them. Thank you James, Johnny, and Christy.” – Offender L.
“Still clean! Still praising our Lord and finding freedom! Thank you all for your service and carrying the Word of God! It changed my life! Thank you, thank you! God bless!” – Offender E.
“I came to chapel every Friday night. James, Christy and Johnny, you helped me grow my faith and relationship with God.” – Offender E.
“Sing for the King Ministries ushers the Holy Spirit into prisons like no other! Powerful!
I found the King there in 2015. Been a free man in love with God ever since. Over two years of true freedom.” – Offender L.
“I just got released from M.C.C. you guys are making a big impact on the guys at the prison, praise the most High GOD!” – Offender M.
“I want to thank you for all you have done for our son. He has such hope for his future thanks to God and people like you. Thank you so much and God Bless You!” – Parents of Offender T.
“I wanted to reach out to you with a sincere thanks for the music and words of Christian inspiration while at Algoa. I was released 10 months ago, all good here and I want you to know that I pray often for you three and the men of Algoa. Please…Continue the good work and know that you are doing meaningful work in the lives of many.” – Offender K.