CHARLES W. COLSON
Charles Colson, chief counsel for President Richard Nixon, has been a central figure in the evangelical Christian community ever since he shocked the Washington establishment in 1973 by revealing his new Christian commitment in the midst of the Watergate inquiry. In 1974 he pled guilty to obstruction of justice and entered Maxwell Federal Prison Camp in Alabama, where he served seven months. He emerged from prison with a new mission—to minister to prisoners, based on his belief that the real solution to crime is found through spiritual renewal. Colson founded Prison Fellowship in the U.S. in 1976, and expanded internationally three years later. Today, Prison Fellowship International is the largest association of national Christian ministries working within the criminal justice field. In recognition for his work, Colson received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (1993), the Presidential Citizens Medal (2008), The Others Award from the Salvation Army (1990), and several honorary doctorates (1982-1995). He wrote more than 30 books which have sold more than five million copies. In 2012, Colson passed away at age 80, working faithfully in prison ministry and justice reform even in his final days. He is survived his three children and five grandchildren.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Andrew Corley brings more than 30 years of experience to Prison Fellowship International from global companies to entrepreneurial start-ups and international nonprofits. After serving as Board Treasurer of Prison Fellowship International for seven years, in April 2018 he was named President and CEO. Andrew became a follower of Jesus while working on a Salvation Army camp for underprivileged children in Pennsylvania in 1981, just prior to studying for a BSc in geology at the University of Liverpool. He developed his strategic thinking and leadership skills in management and director roles in a number of global construction materials companies, including Lafarge and Hanson Brick Europe. He is currently nonexecutive director of Banah UK, a geopolymer cement company. And from 2006 to 2018, he served as Group Managing Director and co-owner of Quadrelene, an award-winning specialist healthcare manufacturing company. Andrew also serves as a friendly advisor to several other faith-based organizations with an international bias. He has been married to his wife Andrea for 30 years and has three children and one dog. His love of travel has taken him to 46 countries over the last 30 years for both business and leisure. Andrew enjoys running, playing squash and five-a-side soccer now that his body cannot cope with rugby.
DAVID VAN PATTEN
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
David Van Patten brings 30 years of experience working with nonprofit ministries to Prison Fellowship International. David specializes in the areas of strategic program development, with a special focus on social ventures that impact vulnerable populations. In 1981, David founded Long Island Youth Guidance, Inc., a ministry dedicated to reaching vulnerable youth impacted by crime. In 1991, he founded Dare Mighty Things, a consulting firm that helps government agencies and nonprofits deliver support services to underserved and at-risk populations through management consulting, program design, and training solutions. And in 2014, David designed Prison Fellowship International’s in-prison evangelism and discipleship program, The Prisoner’s Journey®, which is on track to reach 1 million prisoners, with the message of the Gospel, by 2020. David received his bachelor’s in chemistry from the United States Coast Guard Academy, and holds master’s degrees from Harvard University in business management and public administration policy.