Ordained Minister Hasan Zarif
• Ordained Minister of the Gospel • Re-entry Coordinator
• Motivational Speaker • Employment Specialist • Orator
Hasan Zarif is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He had a strong Christian upbringing. Though he dropped out of high school, he became a radio personality at only age 16. He was nominated by Governor Linwood Holton and appointed by President Richard Nixon to the 1970-71 White House Conference on Youth. At age 20, Mr. Zarifs life took a downward spiral. He committed a crime and was incarcerated at the Virginia State Penitentiary. Sentenced to a term of life, he worked diligently while incarcerated and obtained both his GED and a Certification in Business Management from the Elizabeth Bryant School of Business Technology. He also successfully completed numerous biblical and religious studies courses. Mr. Zarif served nearly 17 years and then - based on extraordinary progress and commendations from Wardens and community leaders - he was paroled in 1989. He was successfully discharged from all parole obligations in 2001.
In 1992 Mr. Zarif began serving as a religious volunteer in the Virginia Department of Corrections. During the mid-1990's Mr. Zarif served as the Director of Prison Ministries for the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in Richmond, VA. He was then elected to the position of Executive General Vice President of Prison Ministries for the Allegheny East Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He served in a number of positions in community organizations and received numerous awards and commendations for his work in the fields of prison ministry and public safety.
From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Zarif worked as a Case Manager for the Richmond Community Action/Virginia CARES, Inc. program. In this capacity he assisted offenders with various re-entry needs (including housing, employment, treatment programs, etc.). He worked closely with state and local community corrections staff to ensure a smooth transition of offenders as they returned to their communities. He also began regularly speaking and teaching in various DOC prisons' Productive Citizenship (life skills) programs. Due to his ongoing work as both an instructional and religious volunteer, the Department of Corrections in 2001 granted Mr. Zarif the status of Regional Volunteer, allowing him to expand his work into DOC prisons in both the Central and Eastern Regions.
In 2001, Mr. Zarif joined the staff of Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, Inc. as Program Manager of the Medical Adaptive Equipment Program. In this capacity, of day-to-day operation, one of his duties was to assist offenders discharging from the Department of Corrections who had a need for medical equipment. In January of 2007, Mr. Zarif was appointed as the Re-entry Coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, Inc. Through a new agreement between Goodwill Industries and Chaplain Service, Mr. Zarif also began serving as Special Projects Coordinator for Chaplain Service of the Churches of Virginia, Inc. In this role, he serves as a liaison between Richmond area churches and Chaplain Service. Mr. Zarif is passionate about getting churches and individuals more involved in ministry to offenders.
In 2007 he was licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel. That same year, history was made when he became the first person to serve as an interim Chaplain at a prison where he was once incarcerated. In 2007, The Honorable Timothy Kaine, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, restored his civil rights, including his right to vote, hold public office, serve on a jury, and to become a notary, in which he is. To God be the glory!
Presently, Mr. Zarif is employed as a Re-Entry Program Coordinator at Goodwill Industries and a Special Projects Coordinator for Chaplain Service for the Churches of Virginia. He is also a statewide volunteer with the Virginia Department of Corrections Volunteer Program. He has been certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Virginia Workforce Development Professional in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
• God’s Intervention Ministry airs on WCLM 1450 AM radio at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings.
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