Bill Glass - Founder
Bill Glass made a name for himself as one of the most outstanding football players in the National Football League. His love for the game started in high school in Corpus Christi. He then went on to play for Baylor University where he became a consensus All-American. Bill was a four time Pro Bowler as a member of the Cleveland Browns team who went on to beat the Baltimore Colts to win the NFL World Championship two years prior to the first Super Bowl. He was also recently inducted into the College and Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Bill Glass spent the off-season of his professional football career attending Southwestern Theological Seminary. As his football career was drawing to a close, Bill delivered his personal testimony of faith on television during several Billy Graham Crusades. Dr. Graham urged Bill to consider taking on a new career as a city-wide evangelist.
In 1969, he founded the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, which today is known as Bill Glass Behind the Walls. Then in 1972, Bill began speaking in prison yards all across the country. Today, Bill Glass has ministered in thousands of prisons all across the US. Sharing his passion for evangelism, the ministry focuses on training volunteers how to share their faith in Jesus Christ. In over 40 years of ministry, over one million men, women and juvenile offenders have made decisions to follow Christ.
Bill and his wife, Mavis, make their home near Dallas, Texas. They have three grown children—Billy, Bobby, and Mindy, along with eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Jim Marvine - CEO
Jim joined Bill Glass Behind the Walls in February of 2011 as the National Prison Director. In January of 2012 he was named President and CEO of the ministry.
Jim has an extensive background in both business and ministry. He has over twenty-five years of healthcare experience in physician practice management and medical product sales and development.
Since becoming a follower of Jesus Christ thirty years ago, Jim has been deeply involved in men’s ministry and spent two years on staff at Grace Community Church in Arlington Texas as Director of Men’s Ministry. For three years he was the Director of The Sky’s the Limit inner-city ministry and was on the advisory board of Freedom Fire Urban Ministries in Kansas City. While in Kansas City, he also spent a year mentoring inmates at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
Jim is a graduate of Kansas University. He has been married to his wife Sue for thirty five years and together they have four children and five grandchildren. They currently live in Arlington, Texas.