DJJ Chaplaincy Services

Office of Chaplaincy Services


The Office of Chaplaincy Services supports the Department of Juvenile Justice's mission by ensuring First Amendment Rights to religious freedom, expression, and resources, including Pastoral Care to youth and staff through spiritual guidance, support, crisis intervention, and religious education.


To establish hope, a commitment to community, the duty to care, and positive change through accountable and responsible youth leadership and service.


To equip each youth with tools to develop their spiritual life.


An essential element in the work of Office Chaplaincy Services staff is to oversee the quality of religious programming and to discourage proselytizing by staff and volunteers.  Educating and sensitizing staff regarding various faith and cultural traditions is another way the Chaplain helps ensure a just and non-discriminatory environment. As a psychosocial and spiritual counselor, the Chaplain aids the recovery and rehabilitation process and the spiritual formation of DJJ youth.

The Office of Chaplaincy Services has established Pastoral Care as the standard for institutional ministry in the Department of Juvenile Justice. 


"A form of religious ministry to persons whether their situation is critical or not - it is a relationship as pastor (shepherd) "to feed" or "to nourish" and to be a teacher to people in their search for the meaning of their past histories, the nature of their calling, life, and the quality of hope that endows their ultimate concerns."

-- Wayne E. Oates, The Christian Pastor




The Candler School of Theology

Since 2015, an innovative partnership between Emory’s Candler School of Theology and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has allowed more than 40 Candler students to serve as chaplain interns at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in Atlanta. The partnership allows Candler students to strengthen their chaplaincy and pastoral care skills through hands-on engagement with court-involved youth and provides ongoing support for the Office of Chaplaincy Services.

Candler Divinity Students Building Relationship with DJJ Youth
Candler Divinity Students Building Relationship with DJJ Youth
Candler School of Theology Contextual Education I Class
Candler School of Theology Contextual Education I Class


Chaplain Danny A. Horne currently serves as Director of Chaplaincy Services for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) under the direction of Commissioner Tyrone Oliver.  Additionally, by appointment, Rev. Horne serves as a Chaplain of the Georgia Juvenile Justice Board of Directors, where he leads corporate prayer and extends Pastoral Care to Board members. Before his appointment with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Chaplain Horne served faithfully for many years and was appointed as the Director of Chaplaincy Services for the Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC).  Preceding his work with the DOC as Director of Chaplaincy Services, he served as an ordained United Methodist clergy and Senior Pastor of local churches in the metro Atlanta area.

Chaplain Horne holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. In 2020, he received the Felicia Pearson Smith Award from Candler School of Theology’s Black Student Caucus. The award recognizes alumni for their dedication to creating new paths for students, fostering dedication to spiritual formation and opportunities for change and advancement in ministry.


Let us know your interest and commitment to becoming a faith community partner with the Office of Chaplaincy Services.  Email us concerning the areas listed below.


The proclamation of the word to broken spirits opens the blind eyes and the deaf ears to the unlimited possibilities within the grasp of the youth and their families.  Invite DJJ Youth and their families to your worship service.


Chaplaincy Services promotes the teaching of prayer, meditation, study and service.

Four spiritual disciplines offer DJJ youth the opportunity to explore and embrace their own spirituality: to be responsible for their own decisions.


The Office of Chaplaincy Services recommends a 90 –Day Commitment to Community to DJJ Youth upon his/her release:

Youth may benefit greatly from your 90-day commitment as a spiritual guide who encourages youth to remain on the straight path, to commit to becoming a law-abiding citizen and servant in his/her community and to remain faithful to God. 


Danny A. Horne, M.Div.
Director, Office of Chaplaincy Services
Cell: 404-295-0057
Phone: 404-508-6515
Email: [email protected]

Emily Kelly, M.Div
Chaplain, NW Region/SW Region/SE Region
Cell: 404-416-3343
[email protected]

Larry Hill
Chaplain, NE Region
Cell: 404-821-2981
[email protected]