Ministering to Inmates in the U.S. and Around the World

By Prison Fellowship June 1, 2009

Updated January 2019

There are fewer places darker than a prison cell. There, separated from all that they ever knew or loved, men and women struggle with feelings of despair and hopelessness. As they search for some sense of meaning and purpose for their lives, they wonder if anyone outside the walls of the prison knows or cares about their struggles.

But even in the darkest places, there is Light.

For more than 40 years, Prison Fellowship has been going into correctional facilities, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those behind bars, and offering the hope of true transformation. Through the use of Bible-based programming, and with the help of thousands of committed volunteers, lives are being changed, hope is being restored, and darkness is being replaced with the promise of a future.

Prison Fellowship seeks to restore those affected by crime and incarceration by introducing prisoners, victims, and their families to a new hope available through Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by training and inspiring churches and communities—inside and outside of prison —to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip wardens, prison staff, and volunteers, including men and women serving time, to create safer, more rehabilitative prisons that prepare prisoners to return to their communities as good neighbors. We advocate for a criminal justice system that upholds restorative values, so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and those who have caused harm are transformed. Outside prisons, we collaborate with churches, para-church organizations, and local service providers to support families with loved ones behind bars and people affected by crime.

26,000+ Prisoners participate in Prison Fellowship classes each month

11,300+ Prison Fellowship volunteers across the U.S.

300,000+ Children connected to a church in 2015 to receive the Gospel and a Christmas gift on behalf of an incarcerated parent

Ball and TwainTwain Rodgers was in jail again, sitting across from Pastor Roger Ball of Immanuel Church in Vero Beach, Florida—which Twain had been visiting since his last time behind bars. Twain had stood up at a recent Sunday service, confidently announcing that he had surrendered his life to Christ and was ready to turn his life around. Almost immediately, he went back to drugs—and then back to jail. But while visiting Twain, Pastor Ball grabbed his hands and promised, “Twain Rodgers, I will never give up on you.” And neither did his church. After Twain received probation, he returned to his church family, where he found committed mentors and accountability partners to help him finally break his 23-year crack addiction and become a man of integrity. “He’s been drug-free nearly two years now,” says one of Twain’s mentors, “and I’m so proud of him!”    

Terrance

Terrance Williams-Bey committed murder at the age of 19, earning a 25-year sentence. The Tennessee native came to know Christ in prison, but needed help from an able mentor to see him through two crises that could have derailed his journey to restoration. James Ackerman, a Prison Fellowship volunteer, entered his life at a time when Muslim prisoners were clouding his conclusions about the identity of Christ. James provided a steady example of God’s truth. He would do it again when James was eventually released. Forced to choose between tolerating open racism in his workplace or lose a hard-to-find job, Terrence chose to risk financial hardship. James provided valuable assistance to bridge the gap. Then, surprisingly, Terrence’s employer apologized and asked him to return. Today, Terrence is a model employee, volunteering in his community, and leading his extended family in Bible stuy.

Prison Fellowship

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From Eternal Perspective Ministries

Prisoner responses to EPM’s book ministry to inmates:

“In my 18 years of knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my favorite author is Randy Alcorn and my favorite book is Safely Home. In the 43 months in prison, I have read 132 books.”

“No other author that I have read has ever gotten my mind on the things of God as you do.”

“I would like to say thank you for your books and glory be to God. I have read Deadline and it was a very large seed that got planted and was responsible for my coming to the Lord and giving my life to Jesus Christ.”