Mike Johnson couldn’t believe the man on the book cover was standing outside his cell. Thirty-seven years later, he still feels the impact of Chuck Colson’s words.
In this Easter message of second chances and redemption, Prison Fellowship president and CEO James Ackerman looks back at Charles Colson's legacy.
Matthew Charles and Emily Colson were two featured speakers at the inaugural Second Chance Month Gala at the historic Watergate Hotel.
In this tribute to Chuck Colson, former prisoner Marty Angelo shares how Chuck Colson had a direct impact on his own life and transformation from disgraced producer to follower of Jesus Christ.
Prison Fellowship presents Gene Mills with the 2017 Charles Colson Advocate of Hope Award for his role in advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana.
For 40 years, Prison Fellowship® has been going into correctional facilities, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those behind bars, and offering the hope of true transformation. Through the use of Bible-based programming, and with the help of thousands of committed volunteers, lives are being changed, hope is being restored, and darkness is being replaced with the promise of a future.
In this week's Insider, Doug Gillquist, the executive director of strategic gifts at Prison Fellowship®, shares the story of a woman whose life seems hopeless at first glance.
"This gal had an incredibly tough background," Gillquist shares. "An abusive marriage. A second relationship outside of marriage where there was perhaps even more abuse …
A version of the following article originally aired as a BreakPoint commentary on August 18, 2016, and is reproduced here with permission.
Charles W. “Chuck” Colson was packing his bags to go home, having served his time for a Watergate-related offense.
On August 9, 1976—two years to the day that President Richard Nixon resigned from as President of the United States—Charles Colson founded Prison Fellowship. The former Nixon adviser, who spent seven months in a federal correctional facility after pleading guilty to Watergate-related charges, left prison a changed man, committed to “remembering the prisoner” and honoring the God-given value and potential of every person affected by crime and incarceration.
In 1987, Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson established the Wilberforce Award, an honor intended to celebrate and acknowledge men and women who have publicly lived out their Christian faith, and have had a positive impact on their communities and the world.
Every year after finishing his own prison sentence, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson returned behind bars for Easter services, sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection with incarcerated men and women. Rather than celebrating in more comfortable surroundings with people of means and influence, Colson opted to worship in crowded prison gymnasiums surrounded by orange jumpsuits and ever-watchful prison guards.
When Charles W. “Chuck” Colson entered the Maxwell Correctional Facility in July 1974, he did so as a humbled man. The former special prosecutor for President Richard Nixon had pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice during the ongoing Watergate scandal investigation, and was preparing to serve a one-to-three-year sentence in the Montgomery, Alabama, facility.
Last year, Bob celebrated his 90th birthday inside Minnesota's only level five maximum-security prison, Oak Park Heights. Bob has led Bible studies there since the late 1990s.