WHO WE ARE
We bring lasting transformation to men, women, and children impacted by incarceration around the world.
Engaging the Christian community to pursue justice and healing in response to crime to the end that offenders are transformed, relationships are reconciled, and communities are restored.
A reconciling community of restoration for all involved in or affected by crime, thereby proclaiming and demonstrating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ for all people.
Our corporate and guiding principles:
We Are Authentic
- We are truthful with no separation between what we say and how we act.
- We are reliable; we do what we say we will do.
- We are direct without being offensive, striving to have constructive disagreements that lead to productive outcomes.
We Are Proactive
- We aren’t just dreamers, we’re doers. We turn our vision and passion into action.
- We are confident in our abilities and have the courage to take risks.
- We see problems as opportunities and act quickly to identify solutions.
We Value Relationship
- We believe people are more important than projects and we respect and care for those around us.
- We are team players and we help each other.
- We value collaboration and togetherness.
- We are lifelong learners who own, build, and grow our capabilities.
- We value humility and welcome new ways of thinking, working, and creating.
- We grow from our mistakes and demonstrate kindness and forgiveness.
We Are Accountable
- We take ownership of our work and life balance to stay happy, healthy, and effective.
- We strive for excellence; we hold ourselves and our colleagues to high standards and live as people ready to account for how we steward our gifts.
- We embrace the core values of Prison Fellowship International and recognize them in action.
Prison Fellowship International was born out of the experience of Charles Colson, former aide to President Nixon. Convicted for a Watergate-related offense, Colson served seven months in prison. During that time he saw and experienced the difference faith in Jesus makes in people’s lives. He became convinced that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal.
When Colson walked into freedom, he had a new mission in life: To reach out to men and women behind bars, and give them the opportunity to turn their lives around through Christ.
In 1979, he founded Prison Fellowship International, extending the mission and work beyond the United States, and following God’s call to proclaim the Gospel worldwide and alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families. In 1983, Prison Fellowship International received special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
We are the largest, most extensive association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field. Each of our transdenominational national ministries is grounded in indigenous leadership and local funding. This grassroots presence enables us to minister to prisoners and their families in culturally relevant ways. The heart of our ministry is our volunteers, who give so generously and powerfully of their time.
Prison Fellowship International is called and dedicated to communicating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and victims of crime around the world.