The Sr. Chaplain

The Sr. Chaplain at the Madison County Sheriff's Chaplaincy Program is Rev. Benjamin Santiago. Rev. Santiago does not have to imagine what it is like to be in jail or to feel the hopelessness and despair of bad choices. He has been there. Growing up in New York City, Benny became a gang member at an early age and learned to fight, drink and do drugs, and live on the street. But on Good Friday, 1979, Benny walked into a church and was overcome by the love shown to him by the pastor and others and was led to Christ. His new life left no room for the old. He became involved in the church's ministries. As his faith matured, Rev. Santiago began a prison ministry in the New York City area. Later, he continued that ministry in Madison County where he resides with his wife, Tammy and daughter, Lydia. Rev. Santiago is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and an ordained minister.



Biographical Information Rev. Benjamin Santiago


  • Got saved and delivered from drugs, gangs, life of crime, and the streets of New York City on Good Friday, 1979.


  • Founded United Prison Street Revival Ministry, Inc. in 1980


  • June 1982, graduated from three-year program at Redeemer Bible Institute, Brooklyn, NY


  • In 1982 met Tammy, Anderson University student, doing internship at Williamsburg Community Church of God in Brooklyn, NY.  In August 1983 married Tammy and moved to Indiana.  My wife, Tammy, is an Assistant Chief Juvenile Probation Officer with the Madison County Juvenile Probation Department.  We have a grown daughter Lydia who graduated from U.S.I.


  • Chaplain of the Madison County Youth Center since 1983. Officially appointed chaplain in September 2000 by Judge Jack Brinkman.                  


  • August 1986 received kidney transplant


  • Ordained into the ministry September 28, 1990.


  • Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling and Christian Ministries from

Indiana Wesleyan University


  • Founder and Sr. Chaplain of Madison County Sheriff’s Department Chaplaincy Program since 1990


  • August 29, 1994, received an Outstanding Achievement Award presented by Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh


  • June 11, 1997, received an award for Outstanding Service and Dedication To His Community from SCAFA SCROLL (Service Community’s Award For Achievement)


  • May 7, 1998 graduated from the Anderson Area Leadership Academy Community Leadership Development Course


  • Received Letter of Commendation from Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for ministry to police and fire department employees and their families in New York City during the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001.


  • 2006 graduated from the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative


  • Created the mentoring Program Project HOPE (Helping-Opportunity-Preparing-Empowering) on April 11, 2008   for at risk youth


  • Certified Almond Tree Ministry Instructor (Biblically based substance abuse program)


  • A Member and Vice President of Anderson Noon Lions Club


  • Member of the National Sheriff’s Association


  • Member and President  of the Indiana Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Conference


  • Master Chaplain of the Indiana Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Conference


  • Member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board


  • Member of Honor Our Children Committee


  • Member of the Madison County Commission Against Substance Abuse


  • Workshop Presenter at the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference 2007 at Anderson University


  • Honorary Member of Fraternal Order of Police


  • United States Marine Corp Veteran Honorably Discharged


  • Previously:

  • Certified Drug/Alcohol Counselor

  •  Member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains

  •  Member Mayor’s Commission for Unity

  •  Member Chesterfield Park Board

  •  Member Operation Love Board

  •  Member Action Program Council

  •  Member Religious Community Committee of the Mayor’s Commission Against Domestic Violence

  •  Member of The Madison County Citizens For Community Values Board of Directors

  • Member of Weed & Seed Committee

  • Honorary Member of Indianapolis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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