Prison Fellowship

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This article is about the United States organization. For the International umbrella organization, see Prison Fellowship International.
Prison Fellowship
Founded 1976
Founder Chuck Colson
Focus Prison outreach
Key people
Jim Liske, President and CEO
Slogan Changing Lives, Minds, and Communities through Jesus Christ

Prison Fellowship is a Christian prison outreach and criminal justice reform organization. Its programs reach prisoners, ex-prisoners, and families of prisoners throughout the United States and, through Prison Fellowship International (PFI), in 112 countries worldwide.[1]


Charles Colson founded Prison Fellowship in 1976 after spending 7 months in prison for obstruction of justice and becoming a born again Christian. In 2002 Mark Earley became the organization's chief executive officer. In 2006 Michael T. Timmis (chairman of PFI since 1997) succeeded Colson as chairman of the board.[2] James D. Liske became the CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries -including Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and BreakPoint/The Colson Center for Christian Worldview - in 2011.[3] Craig DeRoche is the president of Justice Fellowship,[4] and Alan Terwilleger is the president of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.[5]

Angel Tree[edit]

Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families. An estimated 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Angel Tree provides an opportunity to connect with those families through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities, including mentoring and summer camps, with an emphasis on Christmastime gift giving.[6]

Operation Starting Line[edit]

Operation Starting Line (OSL) is a network of national, regional and state ministries and organizations working together to support prisoners, their families and the prison community through evangelism, discipleship and collaboration. The collaboration presently includes ministries and organizations that vary in size and focus, lending resources and expertise to both Operation Starting Line and America’s prisons. Operation Starting Line began as “Project Macedonia” in North Carolina. Aaron Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Corrections, invited Prison Fellowship to bring revival to the prisons of North Carolina. Its success opened the way in 1992 for Prison Fellowship to take in-prison evangelistic programs called “Starting Line” across the nation. This evolved into Operation Starting Line in 2000 as other ministries joined Prison Fellowship in ministering to prisoners. Since 2000, over 700,000 prisoners have been reached through OSL. [7]

Justice Fellowship[edit]

Justice Fellowship is the criminal justice reform arm of Prison Fellowship. Justice Fellowship mobilizes grassroots activists across the country and works with key state and federal policymakers to reform the criminal justice system according to the principles of restorative justice found in the Bible. The mission of Justice Fellowship is to reform the criminal justice system so that victims are respected, offenders are transformed and reintegrated, and communities are safer.

Colson Center[edit]

The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is an affiliate ministry of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Their mission is to grow and resource a movement of Christians committed to live and defend the Christian worldview.


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