Jim Liske is the president and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM), including Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship, and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Since assuming his position of leadership in 2011, he has overseen PFM’s efforts to build the Church inside America’s prison walls, advocate for principles of restorative criminal justice at the state and national levels, and empower churches to influence the culture as an expression of a holistic Christian worldview.
As the leader of the nation’s largest ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, Liske has visited and spoken at prisons across the country, assuring inmates that no life is beyond the reach of God’s grace. He has spoken about the impact of incarceration and the Church’s responsibility to address it in media outlets such as FOXnews.com, World Magazine, and The Frank Pastore Show. He is also a frequent commentator on the Colson Center’s nationally syndicated Breakpoint radio program.
During his previous, nine-year tenure as the senior pastor at Ridge Point Community Church, a large congregation in western Michigan, Liske gained extensive, hands-on prison ministry. Under his leadership, and inspired by the ministry of Prison Fellowship, Ridge Point began a para-church organization that helps newly released prisoners deal with addiction recovery challenges, find employment and transition back into the community. The organization has a valuable partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections—directly engaged with the Michigan Prison Reentry Initiative—and has helped numerous former inmates with life after prison.
Liske and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Allison and Joshua.