Streams of Life Prison Ministry

In the Beginning…

In spring of 2002, Jim Newsom, Director of Rivers of Living Water Ministries, invited Del to assist him in several Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions. Jim was traveling and ministering extensively throughout the country, and this created a need for assistance in the weekly Bible studies at the prisons he ministered to. In summer of 2003 Jim relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. His desire was to have Del’s ministry assume his responsibilities in the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions. Streams of Life Prison Ministry was born at this time. Reverend Delmar Weaver was added as an additional volunteer minister to assist Del in his work.

WDAC Interview

Listen as Del Burkholder is interviewed by Steve Nolt at WDAC about “Streams of Life Prison Ministry.” Download MP3 or listen below.



Del Burkholder, with aid of Delmar Weaver, minister almost every Sunday in a different PA state prison.  This allows them to rotate through each prison a couple times a year.

Del Burkholder, Delmar Weaver, Adam Hurst, Jordan Sauder, and other volunteers conduct weekly Bible studies at PA SCI (State Correctional Institutions).

Emily Bucher serves as a writer and editor for a large part of Streams of Life literature and newsletters that goes into almost all of the State correctional facilities.


Streams of Life is one of the largest PA prison ministries in regards to the number of prisons to which they provide ministry. Streams of Life volunteers have also had the opportunity to minister in prisons in surrounding states.
Streams of  Life is not only appreciated by chaplains for the Christian ministry, but is highly regarded by the PA Correctional authorities for the compliance to prison regulations and the structure of the rehabilitation of inmates.

The Lighter Side of Del

The Lighter Side of Del Ventriloquist Act performs at churches and banquets to raise money and bring awareness of Streams of Life work.   All proceeds from shows benefit Streams of Life’s prison work. Del also performs Bible based shows in prison. The ventriloquism shows feature the Lancaster County outlaws from the 1800s, the Buzzard Gang.Del also leads Bible Creation seminars in prisons and churches with several Dinosaur and Dragon characters aiding him.

Totally Prison Seminar 
Is a prison workshop, by various prison teaching personalities on all you would like to know about prison ministry. Action packed, exciting and very interesting that will make you feel part of prison work. See Seminars under Totally Prison for more details.

You can help!

As Streams of Life Prison Ministry continues to grow, your support is needed. Correctional Institutions are increasing opportunities for ministry. Both your financial gifts and prayer base will help our work go forth.

“To give financially to Streams of Life, mail your gift to…”
Financial gifts are tax deductible and accompanied with a receipt
Checks can be made out to; Streams of Life and sent too:

Streams of Life
P.O. Box 727
Brownstown, PA 17508

If you are a member of Facebook, you can follow Del or other ministry happenings with his daily blog updates on his Facebook page.

Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison and ye came unto me. (Matthew 25:36)

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:3)