Pastor Gerry Rickel


Welcome.  You have come to the website for The Community of St.Dysmas, a Lutheran congregation in the Maryland Correctional System.  We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary in the year 2014.

Currently the Community of St. Dysmas is providing Word and Sacrament ministry in the Maryland Correctional Institution at four facilities: Maryland Correctional Institution - Jessup (men's in Jessup), Maryland Correctional Institution - Women's (women's in Jessup), Maryland Correctional Training Center (men's, Hagerstown), and Roxbury Correctional Institution (men's, Hagerstown).

In September 2011 The Reverend Gerry Rickel  was called to serve as Pastor of The Community of St. Dysmas.

In the spring of 2012 Paula Thistle was called to serve as Associate in Ministry.

Please browse the web site to become more familiar with our ministry.