R. Steve Lowe Scholarship

The R. Steve Lowe Scholarship was established in 2020

Chaplain Steve has held a high level of commitment to education and training for the past 50 years for all who serve in correctional ministry. Steve has attended and been an instructor in correctional ministry courses including, the American Chaplains Training School (ACTS), the School of Correctional Ministries at Wheaton College, courses with Christian University GlobelNet and the team to relaunch the Correctional Ministry program at the Institute for Prison Ministries.

R. Steve Lowe’s Bio


As a former probation juvenile facility counselor and therapist, and today as a seasoned juvenile correctional chaplain, R. Steve Lowe has provided over 50 years of professional institutional service to California’s San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange counties. Supervising the Protestant Chaplaincy Ministries for the Orange County Juvenile Justice Complex’s multiple institutions for 39 years and continuing to facilitate juvenile ministry at national sites, Steve’s purpose is to help fulfill the Great Commission with incarcerated and hurting youth, adults, and their families.

As the Founder, President, and Executive Chaplain for Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries, an international chaplain-placing ministry, Steve also assists Christian organizations and penal agencies as a consultant in program development and implementation. He has experience as an adjunct faculty member with Wheaton College and the Institute for Prison Ministries, Billy Graham Center, and Biola University, specializing in criminology and juvenile delinquency coursework. Professional duties have included membership with the Southern California Area Council of Prison Fellowship, the Law and Justice Group of San Bernardino County, faith-based collaborative efforts at gang violence reduction, and co-founding the Christian Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA).

Steve holds undergraduate degrees in Police Science (Associate of Arts) and Criminology (Bachelor of Science) and has additional full undergraduate majors in psychology and sociology. Steve’s graduate education includes: Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies (Talbot Theological Seminary-Biola University); Master of Arts degree in Psychology-clinical (Pepperdine University); Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (California State University, San Bernardino); and doctoral coursework in Criminal Justice (Claremont Graduate University).

Steve is an ordained minister certified as both a hospital and correctional chaplain, and is joined in the ministry by his wife Jan. Steve and Jan were blessed with three now-grown children: Jeff, Morgan (deceased), and Jessica.



Tuition for one of the IPM Online Certificate programs (Correctional Chaplaincy, Reentry Leadership, or Correctional Ministries).

Scholars are responsible for their books.

This is a two-year scholarship.


IPM (Tuition Costs)


Two scholars selected each year



Scholar Criteria

• Must be a Christian
• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
• Must be involved in correctional ministry


• Personal information
• Christian testimony
• Pastoral Reference
• Education/employment history
• Criminal history (if applicable, and this is not a disqualifier, but must be a free citizen for the past year)

Selection Committee

R. Steve Lowe, Karen Swanson, and one other IPM Advisory Council member




Selection Process

• Evaluate applications – preference given to those who were formerly incarcerated
• Phone interview

*Applications Accepted: July 1 – August 15

*Selections Announced: September 1