Robbie Robinson turned to the Prison Fellowship Academy because he was desperate.
It turned him completely around. Now out of prison and the leader of a ministry that helps people who are struggling with addiction, he is living proof that God can work through you to change lives.

This is the Prison Fellowship Academy

Where you help shatter the cycle of crime

Two decades ago, it was just a bold experiment. Back then, very few people believed that prisoners, of all people, could turn their lives around. But today, the proof includes this astonishing statistic from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. For prisoners in that state who completed the full Prison Fellowship Academy program, recidivism plunged to less than 1%.

Studies in other states also show promising results. And this isn’t an accident, because the Academy incorporates all the best learnings from more than 40 years of working with prisoners. It has forged them into a single program—a 12-month intensive experience that completely transforms most who participate. 

But to give more incarcerated men and women a chance to change their lives at the Academy, we need your help today.

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This is a life completely transformed

Like all too many who end up behind bars, Robbie Robinson never really had a chance. He grew up in abject poverty. But what he longed for most was love and acceptance.

He didn’t get either at home, so he looked for them in other places. By the time he was a teenager, he’d started using drugs and joined a gang.

Robbie’s first stint in prison was for a year. He hated it and was desperate to be free again, but it did nothing to help him change course.

“You always say to yourself, I’m not coming back here,” he remembers. “But when you get out, you still have that same mind-set,” he explains, “and you typically go back to what you did before.”

When Robbie was arrested again, he faced charges that could have sent him back to prison for most of the rest of his life. By God’s mercy he served only 5 years, but they were some of the most painful of his life. His father passed away. The following year, his oldest son was killed in a house fire.

“I couldn’t bear the pain by myself,” Robbie says. He knew that something had to change.

That’s when Robbie applied to and was accepted into the Prison Fellowship Academy. “It was a brand-new journey for me,” he confesses. The Academy forced him to confront his need for Christ. At the Academy, Robbie got help with the issues that had led to his life of crime, including substance abuse, anger, and more.

For the first time in his life, Robbie also had a mentor. 

“It was the first time I felt someone believed in me,” he recalls. “He loved me when I needed love. He pushed me when I needed a push. I never had that kind of encouragement.”
—Robbie Robinson
“It was the first time I felt someone believed in me,” he recalls. “He loved me when I needed love. He pushed me when I needed a push. I never had that kind of encouragement.”

This time, as the day of his release got closer, he felt a whole new confidence. 

There’s no denying that God opened doors for Robbie. One day, after being invited to share his story at a corporate event, Robbie was offered a job as a welder by the owner of the company.

“I was the first ex-prisoner to work for this corporation,” Robbie says. “The owner brought me in and said, ‘You will be like the guinea pig. How you do can open a big door for other individuals who have been in your situation.’”

Robbie didn’t waste his opportunity. He worked for 10 years at that company and ended up as a welding supervisor. “Because of that job and them giving me a chance, I’m able to be a father now and I’ve got a great family,” he said recently.

And today, God is using him—in a way no one would have ever thought possible.

That’s because Robbie eventually left his job to work full time at helping others overcome addiction. “Everybody needs a second chance,” Robbie insists. “We work with people who come off the streets, from jail, or from prison.”

“Someone extended a hand to me,” he explains, “and because of that my hand has been able to extend to many others.”

This is what our vision to expand the Prison Fellowship Academy is really all about.

Can you imagine what might happen if we could flood our neediest communities with men and women like Robbie who have been transformed by God’s grace?
Can you imagine what might happen if we could flood our neediest communities with men and women like Robbie who have been transformed by God’s grace?
Can you imagine what might happen if we could flood our neediest communities with men and women like Robbie who have been transformed by God’s grace?

This is what our vision to expand the Prison Fellowship Academy is really all about.

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You can give MANY MORE prisoners a chance to change their lives

The Prison Fellowship Academy currently operates at 78 prisons in 26 states, and prisons from all across the country are asking for it. We could bring the Academy to more prisons right now if we had the resources. But we want to do even more.

By our 50th anniversary in 2026, we are committed to establishing the Academy in at least one men’s prison and one women’s prison in all 50 states. This is an opportunity to give tens of thousands more prisoners the chance to turn their lives around.

May we count on your support today? Only together can we pursue God’s call with the passion it will take to succeed.

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Thanks to a matching grant, your gift will go twice as far to help bring the Prison Fellowship Academy to more prisons across the country and give prisoners a chance to turn their lives around.

Your gift today will be doubled by the match—up to $10,000!

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Here’s why the Academy makes such a lasting difference

The Prison Fellowship Academy is an intensive, biblically based training program that is transforming once-hardened criminals into positive, productive members of their communities who can be part of the solution to crime.

Based on more than 40 years of practical experience working with prisoners, the Academy dramatically reduces recidivism because it:

Presents the Good News to every prisoner, inviting that prisoner into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Shows believing prisoners how to live out their faith, even behind prison walls.

Addresses difficult issues like addiction and abuse that are often at the root of criminal behavior.

Provides training in practical life skills, equipping prisoners to be positive, productive members of their communities and a force for good once they are released.

This in-depth approach changes lives forever. And you can be part of making it possible. Today, you can do what so many others who have tried to help prisoners over the years can only dream about. You can help turn a life completely around.

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to shatter the cycle of crime

Prisoners all across the country need the Academy. And you can help give it to them with your gift today. Please be generous. Remember, whatever you give today will be doubled by a matching grant.

God is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the direction of thousands of lives. Together, let’s make the most of it!

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