Prison Fellowship

Founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship partners with local churches across the country to minister to a group that society often scorns and neglects: prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. The focus of our ministry includes fellowshipping with Jesus (including teaching others to live and look at life from a biblical perspective), visiting prisoners, and welcoming the children of prisoners.

Located in Reston, Virginia USA

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crearture: the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Who We Are

Prison Fellowship seeks the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ. A recognized innovator in the field of prison ministry, Prison Fellowship was founded by Chuck Colson in 1976 after he served time for Watergate-related charges.

Our Vision

That Jesus Christ's transforming grace and truth be manifested in the lives of prisoners and their families, as the local church and Prison Fellowship partner in Christ's work to restore prisoners to the community and Church as contributing members, bearing witness that no life is beyond the reach of God's power.

Types Of Activity

•In-prison seminars, Bible studies, & mentoring
•Angel Tree®, bringing Christmas gifts and the Gospel to children with a parent in prison
•The InnerChange Freedom Initiative®, a values-based reentry program to help prisoners get out and stay out.
•Justice Fellowship, working for criminal justice reforms
•Operation Starting Line, taking the Gospel and discipleship into prisons
•Out4Life, a coalition of organizations creating a supportive reentry network


We minister in prisons all across the United States.

Our magazine (newsletter)

Jubilee – monthly print newsletter for contributors to Prison Fellowship
Inside Out – monthly online publication providing feature length articles of transformed lives, media reviews, resource lists, and news about prison ministry
Justice eReport – e-mail newsletter providing information and insights on critical issues in criminal justice reform

About Our Prison Ministry

Prison Fellowship reaches out to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families both as an act of service to Jesus Christ and as a contribution to restoring peace to our cities and communities endangered by crime. The best way to transform our communities is to transform the people within those communities, and true restorative change comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ.


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