February 25, 2015
Chaplain Yolanda Walker
Tennessee Prison for Women
Chaplain Yolanda Walker is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She is the daughter of business owner’s Winston & Joan Walker of Walker’s Café & Grill. She was licensed in ministry on December 15, 1996 under the leadership of Pastor Carlos Jones. She is the Co-Founder of Tri-Fold Outreach ministering to the World for Jesus Christ through Christian Counseling, Curriculum Resources, and Community Outreach services. She is a Spiritual Daughter of the Greater Grace Temple Church where she was ordained as Elder, June 2003, under the leadership of Pastor Breonus Mitchell and the late First Lady Lakisha Mitchell. Chaplain Walker holds two degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Morehouse School of Religion and Pastoral Care. While in Seminary, she completed a Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Emory and Crawford Long Hospitals and later became an On Call Chaplain for both hospitals. Chaplain Walker has served as a Pastoral Counselor with the Pastoral Counselor Centers of Tennessee. She has counseled youth, women, and men in the areas of recovery, abuse, anger management, and substance abuse.
Chaplain Walker serves as Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator for the Tennessee Prison for Women. Currently, she is a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III serves as Senior Pastor. She is the author of five books, which includes three children’s books. Rolling Out featured her in an article, “50 Most Powerful Female Pastors and Bishops”. She has been blessed to be interviewed and featured in the following broadcasts or publications: CBS News, ABC News, The Christian Post, “Christian Trinity Network, (CTN)” The Bridges Show,” and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Second Chance for Prisoners. She is a gifted speaker, life coach, teacher, counselor, and intercessor. Her passion is to help bring healing and restoration to individual lives that have been wounded through addictions, abuse, relationships and incarceration. Through Tri-Fold Outreach Ministry Institute, her mission is to educate the Women and Men of the Gospel by providing training for Licensure and Ordination. Currently, she is pursuing an Online Certificate in Ministry through Princeton Theological Seminary. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her daughter.
Chaplains at Tennessee Prison for Women
Vol. Chaplain Tamika Robertson, Chaplain Yolanda Walker and Vol. Chaplain Carole McDonald
The Tennessee Prison for Women (TPFW), located in Nashville, is the primary facility for female felons in the state. TPFW has several missions. It is a reception and classification center for female offenders entering into the TDOC system. The prison also houses inmates of all custody levels, including pre-release participants, work release inmates, and those women sentenced to death. The security designation is maximum.
TPFW offers academic courses that include Adult Basic Education, GED and Special Education. Vocational classes include computer application and literacy, cosmetology, construction, culinary arts and greenhouse management.
TRICOR provides job opportunities through the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) test distribution center.
Inmates also have access to a full range of psychological and treatment programs which include substance abuse, sex offender treatment and aftercare, anger management, pre-release and career management success. TPFW offers a 64-bed intensive drug-alcohol treatment program called the Correctional Recovery Academy, which is operated by Spectrum Health Systems. TPFW also operates a 40-bed job readiness/life skills therapeutic transitional program for called Fast Track.
TPFW offers a weekend child visitation program which has received national recognition. The program includes grandmothers as well as mothers.
Travel I-40 to White Bridge Road, Exit #204. Turn right, if coming East or turn left, if coming from West. Go thru 2 traffic lights. Go approximately 5 miles to Highway 12 (Ashland City Highway). Turn right. Go approximately .5 miles. Turn right (you will see the green signs.) Institution is at the end of this road (approximately 1 mile.)
Alternate Route from I-40 West: Travel I-40 West to Briley Parkway/TN 155 N. Take Exit 25 at County Hospital Road. Keep right at the fork to go onto County Hospital Road. Turn left onto Stewarts Lane.