OUR FOUNDER, CHUCK COLSON
Charles Colson, former White House council, and President Nixon's "hatchet man," served time in a federal prison camp where he felt led by God to honor a promise he made to remember prisoners and their families. That promise grew into the world's largest family of prison ministries.
THE LEGACY OF CHUCK COLSON
The story of our founder is a testimony to God’s grace and mercy.
In 1974, Chuck Colson, a former top aide to President Nixon, voluntarily pled guilty to obstruction of justice on a Watergate-related charge and served seven months as a new Christian in Alabama’s Maxwell Prison.
In his best-selling memoir, Born Again, Chuck wrote, “I found myself increasingly drawn to the idea that God had put me in prison for a purpose and that I should do something for those I had left behind.”
Colson emerged from prison with a new mission: mobilizing the Christian Church to minister to prisoners. He founded Prison Fellowship® in 1976, which has become the nation’s largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. In recognition of his work among prisoners, Colson received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993.
On April 21, 2012, Chuck Colson passed away. His legacy continues, however, in the work of Prison Fellowship, and in the lives of the many people his ministry has touched.
He will be greatly missed by many, including me. I count it a privilege to have called him friend.Rev. Billy Graham, evangelist
From that shame, though, he emerged as a shining example of the redemptive power of Jesus and spent the rest of his life setting aside his own ego for the sake of others, investing his time and energies in those besides himself.Jim Daly, President & CEO, Focus on the Family
The first book I read after coming to Christ was Chuck’s Watergate memoir, “Born Again.”. Both the book and Chuck’s ministry had a major impact on me and countless others. I will miss him terribly.Ralph Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition
Chuck was a truly brilliant visionary, a man who understood human frailties and wanted to bring Christ’s love and compassion into the lives of the downtrodden. His life exemplified the admonition for all of us contained in Micah 6 –“to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God”.Norman A. Carlson, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons (Ret.)