40 years in prison
Subject: Come hear the story about Patrick who authored 5 Christian Books while incarcerated. He is married and his wife fed the homeless in the Soledad area while waiting for Patrick to be released.
Speakers Patrick & Donnalee Griffin
J. Patrick Griffin, Jr. Bio
Patrick entered the California Prison system in 1979 at the age of 21. For the next two-years his violent nature drove him to commit additional acts of violence, culminating in a 1st degree murder for which he was sentenced to 25-years-to-life. He would remain incarcerated for the next 38 years
In 1981, at age 23, approximately 90 days after the murder, while alone in his segregated cell, Patrick experienced a life-transforming faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
In 2013, Patrick met Donnalee through a God-ordained phone conversation. In August 2014, they were married in the Prison’s visiting room. Donnalee moved from Salt Lake City to Soledad, CA. where they enjoyed each other’s presence every weekend.
Freedom came, after 40 years, in August, 2018, when Patrick re-entered society.
Currently, Patrick and Donnalee live on his sister’s 20-acre ranch in Hemet, CA. Patrick continues to use his gift as an author, while being assisted by his Beloved Donnalee.
Patrick had gone into prison at 21 and came out at 61. He had gone in as an out-of-control, violent criminal. He came out a mature and established Christian, prepared by faith and experience, to use the remainder of his life for serving in the name of Christ with his Beloved wife at his side. While in prison, he authored 5 Christian Books.
CBMC Leadership & Integrity Award
Event also includes the presentation CBMC Leadership & Integrity Award to Dick Caglia & Steve Dick
Born and raised in Reedley, CA, Steve Dick is the President and CEO of Inspiration Cruises & Tours.
In 1971 he married his high school sweetheart Ruth––just 3 days before beginning his 23 year career at the Fresno Bible House, where he quickly moved from janitorial and shipping to become manager, overseeing all operations of the store. Steve and Ruth became the owners of Inspiration in 1994, and since then have dedicated their lives to serving the ministry clients and faithful passengers all over the globe. In this time they have expanded the company from 1,000 passengers annually to over 14,000 annually and now serve hundreds of ministry clients. Their daughter Stephanie Smith serves alongside them.
As an active member of Fresno Evangelical Free Church (now The Bridge) for forty years, Steve served on the church board for twenty. He now serves on the board for Fresno Pacific University and the Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast.
Richard Caglia Bio
Richard Michael Caglia, Sr. was born and raised in Fresno, California, the second of seven children of Frank & Florence Caglia. Dick, as most people know him, began working part time at the family business, Electric Motor Shop & Supply, Inc., when he was 9 years old, sweeping floors and emptying waste paper cans.
He attended San Joaquin Memorial High School where he met his future bride, Lucille. Dick graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he began working full time at the family business while working towards attaining his Professional Engineering license.
Under Dick’s leadership, the two businesses acquired and successfully run by his father, Frank Caglia, have grown into multiple companies serving the greater Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Visalia communities, with over 250 employees. Dick serves as the President & CEO of Electric Motor Shop & Supply, Inc., and Caglia Environmental, which is comprised of Cedar Avenue Recycling & Transfer Station, Industrial Waste and Salvage, and Red Rock Environmental.
Dick has served on the Boards of numerous organizations and has supported many community projects, events, programs, and non-profit organizations. In 1999, Pope John Paul II bestowed the Vatican’s Benemerenti Award on Dick in recognition of his many years of dedication to humanitarian service to the community. In 2014, Dick received the prestigious Leon S. Peters Award, as the first son of a previous recipient to be recognized (his father Frank received the Award in 1988).
Dick and his wife Lucille celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on February 14, 2019. They have four children and five grandchildren.