Since 1974, Discipleship Unlimited has served God's Kingdom inside and outside prison walls


DU relies on the generosity and dedication of scores of volunteers and benefactors to reach the incarcerated and preach the Gospel. Their hard work, plus the support of the chaplains, officers, and staff of the prisons in which we minister, helps ensure His hands and works are displayed to those who need it most.


Linda Strom, President

Linda co-founded Discipleship Unlimited with her late husband, Dallas, in 1974. She continues to serve as President by ministering in prisons and speaking across the globe, sharing her passion that those Jesus has set free are free indeed.

Linda was introduced to death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker in 1987. They were friends for 11 years, and Karla was a vital participant in the ministry of Discipleship Unlimited. When Karla received her execution date, she asked Linda to walk alongside her on her journey. Linda wrote a book about this adventure entitled Karla Faye Tucker Set Free that is now published in French, German, Spanish, and English.

Terry Strom, 
Executive Director of Ministry

Terry joined the staff of Discipleship Unlimited in 2006 and serves as the our worship coordinator. Additionally, he and his wife Jean coordinate our Alpha and Celebrate Recovery programs and are involved weekly in the ministries at Woodman and Marlin N-1. He is a songwriter and speaker, creatively sharing his testimony at churches and in prison outreaches. 

Jean Strom, office manager

Jean Strom is the Discipleship Unlimited office manager alongside Terry coordinates our Alpha and Celebrate Recovery programs on the inside. She's also a spiritual advisor on death row and is involved in DU's growing aftercare program for those who have been released.

Kathy Diaz, volunteer coordinator & tdcj liaison

Kathy is the volunteer coordinator for current and potential volunteers and serves as the TDCJ liaison for all unit studies. She is also a gifted speaker who uses her gift to minister at Mountain View as well as churches and retreats.

Edrena Smith, Director for Faith-based Dorms

Edrena helps Linda and Discipleship Unlimited administratively and coordinates unit outreaches and curriculum. Additionally, she serves on the DU advisory board and travels weekly to minister to those in the Murray Unit.


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Carla HootOn, Director of Reentry

Carla is in charge of Set Free, our reentry program, as well as our yearly Reignite retreat and regional Refuel events.

Active Board
Bev DeSalvo
Marcia Endicott
Skip Endicott
Patti Paine
Lucy Needham
John Needham
Edrena Smith
Linda Strom
Terry Strom

Emeritus Board
Bob MacQueen
Terry Meeuwsen
Ken Bigler
Andy Friedrich