La Crosse Jail Ministry

Our Mission:

To provide an opportunity and create an environment for inmates that awakens, renews, and stimulates their spiritual life; thereby promoting behavioral change, social reintegration, and personal well-being.

Position Announcement: Chaplain

The La Crosse Jail Ministry Board is initiating a search for a full-time or part-time chaplain.  The chaplain provides pastoral care to women and men incarcerated in the La Crosse County Jail and, when requested, to their families and to correctional facility staff.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Successful completion of ministry training, e.g., bachelor’s degree, certification, or clinical pastoral education
  • Ordained or commissioned to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority
  • Faith group endorsement

Desired Qualifications

  • Masters’ degree in theology from accredited institution or equivalent
  • Ministry or chaplaincy experience in a jail or prison setting


  • Commensurate with experience
  • Three weeks personal time off
  • Additional time for continuing education

For a detailed position description or additional information about the position, contact Harvey Witzenburg, Search Committee Chair,, or call (608) 385-5422.

Candidates should submit:

  • Letter of application, detailing interest in and qualifications for the position,
  • Resume,
  • Names and telephone numbers of three professional references,
  • A letter of recommendation,
  • Faith group endorsement from religious authority.

E-mail application materials to:  Harvey Witzenburg, Search Committee Chair, at

Screening will begin on November 2, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

La Crosse Jail Ministry