Prison Fellowship Ministries Board of Directors has named Craig DeRoche president of Justice Fellowship, the criminal justice and public policy reform arm of Prison Fellowship. Justice Fellowship was founded 30 years ago by the late Charles Colson, former special counsel to President Richard Nixon and convicted Watergate figure.
DeRoche has served as vice president of Justice Fellowship since 2012 and prior to that he was the director of external affairs. Before joining Justice Fellowship in 2011, DeRoche served as speaker of the House of Representatives in Michigan, serving seven growing suburban Detroit communities in the Michigan legislature. Craig’s leadership abilities were quickly identified by Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske.
Craig was drawn to work in advancing the goals of the ministry through his own Christian experience and surrender after a life-long addiction to alcohol.
Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske says “Craig uses his personal and professional experience in criminal justice and politics to lead. His expertise and cool calm demeanor permeates not only throughout Justice Fellowship, but also extends to Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center. Craig knows the importance of the ministry’s work and he has the vision to make sure we become an even stronger voice for reforming the criminal justice system.”
Pat Nolan previously led Justice Fellowship for 16 years prior to being elevated to Senior Vice President of Prison Fellowship Ministries and Chuck Colson Distinguished Fellow on Justice.
Craig makes his home in Novi, Michigan, with his wife Stacey and three daughters. He’s constantly on the road to testify before legislative bodies, to address high level panels or to further the work of Justice Fellowship.