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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Friendswood Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, David Gunter, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – David Gunter of Friendswood, Texas was presented the “Religious Service” award during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Mr. Gunter is the Executive Director of Less Than The Least Ministries (LLTL). In 2011, with the assistance of local churches and volunteers, LTTL Ministries has expanded its presence by increasing the number of its worship services, weekend Bible crusades, Bible-related classes and study sessions. Under his leadership, LTTL Ministries has also grown to include Administrative Segregation and the Prayers and Letters Program. He has also spearheaded chapel renovations at several facilities. 

Mr. Gunter is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.