Men of Valor is a local prison ministry that serves 150 inmates at three local prisons. Inmates are encouraged with the hope of the Gospel, welcomed into the family of God, and trained in the Biblical principles of manhood. Additionally, Men of Valor ministers to the wives and children of these inmates. Nationally 70% of the men who are released from prison will return. However, for the inmates who complete Men of Valor's 6-month program inside the prison and 12-month program outside the prison the recidivism rate is below 15%. It has been Eddie Hutton's joy to be involved with Men of Valor for more than 11 years. He has served on the board of directors and he leads a class for inmates on Thursdays.
Like Eddie, John Avery has been involved with Men of Valor for many years, dating all the way back to 2000. In fact, John served as chairman of the board for several years. John has served as a mentor to Vincent Johnson since 2000. After Vinnie was released in 2005, John worked with him while he secured a job that he held until 2017 when the business owner retired. During that time, Vinnie started his own moving company which has been very successful. Vinnie has four grown children.