Song of Hope Executive Directors Jaye and Nayomi Thomas have taught and led worship as an expression of their testimony for more than a decade as part of the International House of Prayer executive management team. Jaye is a Dove Award-nominated singer / songwriter / worship leader of more than twenty-five years, serving most recently as the (former) Director of the Forerunner Music Academy. In addition to songwriting, preaching, and teaching the Word, Nayomi has authored two children’s books, a devotional, and pioneered the 1039 Coalition: Women Around the Word Bible study course. From the Song of Hope Ministries headquarters in Kansas City, their passion to strengthen the Church and bring hope to the hopeless now takes them all over the world — and to prisons both domestic and abroad — bringing messages and songs of freedom to those who are bound. Song of Hope is an overflow of their zeal to reach both the lost and the found with this message: seeing Christ rightly will set you free to walk through the mundaneness and pain of life with purpose and hope, understanding that your life is actually part of a great storyline — we each play a unique part in redemptive history.  

Song of Hope is working toward a ministry collaboration with Prison Fellowship to bring the hope of the gospel to incarcerated men and women through their Hope Event™ music program. We are excited about this connection and shared vision! Stay tuned as details unfold.


Core to all Song of Hope ministry is the conviction that the Gospel makes no distinction between slave and free, male and female — the answer is the same for all: Jesus. Bondage can capture us anywhere — through deeply hidden internal shame while we sit in church, or in the devastatingly visible form of literal prison bars. Song of Hope leaders use focused teaching, discipleship, and mentorship in the Word and worship through online Bible study groups, personal mentorship, group teaching, and worship gatherings to strengthen those within the walls of the church. Beyond those walls, dedication to the work of evangelism and reaching the lost with the Good News takes Song of Hope into prisons and out to communities. Through prison visitation and chaplaincy, those that are incarcerated are ministered to through one-on-one discipleship, Bible studies, teaching, and worship gatherings. Song of Hope worship nights,  use Jaye’s creative, prophetic worship music to draw, open, and tenderize hearts to hear and respond to the Word. 

Through the lens of our profoundly redemptive testimonies, we believe everyone can find themselves reflected — from the single mother struggling to hope to the believer still bound by sin and shame, and the prisoner facing a life of incarceration. Beyond rejoicing in deliverance, our hearts burn with love for this Jesus who pursued and loved us so thoroughly that He not only delivered us from darkness but bound up our broken hearts and gave true freedom and restoration. Through vulnerable, authentic storytelling, relatable testimonies, and the Scriptures, we are joyfully compelled by love to sing, preach, teach, and proclaim the great and complete redemption Jesus gives to His children. Jesus—our Great Hope—takes all that is wrong and makes it right in His time. The whole counsel of God sets us free, and when we are free—we set others free and live freely as joy-filled sojourners shining brightly in a dark world. 


Founded in 2012 by Jaye and Nayomi Thomas, Song of Hope Ministries is an international nonprofit ministry organization dedicated to using teaching, discipleship, and music to tell all people — from those inside the church to those inside prison — that the freedom and hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone, regardless of circumstance or history.  

Song of Hope teaches believers in the Church how to walk in their freedom in Christ, empowering them to bring that freedom to the bound and broken. Song of Hope actively reaches beyond the walls of the church to those bound by relational brokenness, sexual brokenness, and physical incarceration, ministering with these guiding principles: pursuit of holiness and righteousness in every area of life through discipleship; love of the Word of God through development of a life of prayer and meditation; vibrant expression of worship unto transformation and the glorification of Jesus Christ.