About Us

In the Word Ministries had its beginning in 1986 ministering at Harris County Jail, Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Men’s Development Center and the Star of Hope Men’s Facility. God gave Larry a vision and compassion for reaching out to those behind bars and trapped in their addictions.

Larry Shelle Cooke

Larry and Shelle Cooke

We believe that God’s heart is to set the captives free. Over the years we have seen tens of thousands of people make the decision to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. We have been blessed to keep in close contact with many of these men and women and be a part of them becoming successful and being reestablished in society.

Larry and Shelle were married in 1983. Shelle has been an inspiration and support to Larry personally and to the ministry.

We also do counseling, funerals, and weddings while holding an average of 400 services a year. We hold services at the Eastham Prison, Holiday Unit, Polunsky Unit, Walls Unit, Harris County Jail, Colorado County Jail, Star of Hope, Salvation Army Sally’s House, Bible studies in Schulenburg and Houston, Texas, as well as revivals and speaking engagements at churches.

We are a faith ministry that trusts Jesus to transform lives by the power of his Word.