In the mid-1990s, multi-Dove Award-winning Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman formed a friendship with Prison Fellowship® founder Chuck Colson after reading Colson's book "Loving God."
The stories of dramatic life transformation in that book moved Chapman so deeply that he felt compelled to go behind bars with Prison Fellowship. Chapman performed at a Prison Fellowship Easter event at the state penitentiary in Eddyville, Kentucky. He joined Colson on several other occasions, too.
On a trip to death row, they met a man who burned with passion to bring the Gospel to his fellow condemned prisoners, telling Colson and Chapman, "Jesus has set me free!"
In his memoir, "Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story," Chapman shares how these experiences shaped his faith and inspired his music.
THE COOL FACTOR
At a Prison Fellowship event earlier this month, Emily Colson shared about her father's friendship with Steven Curtis Chapman. To Emily, her father Chuck was "the coolest man I have ever known because he was doing exactly what God called him to do, exactly where and when God called him to do it. And just when I thought my dad couldn't get any cooler, Steven Curtis Chapman put my dad in a music video!"
Thank you, Steven Curtis Chapman, for your partnership in remembering those in prison.