Prison Ministries

Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other. In Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” There are children in most communities who are among the most at-risk children in the nation. Angel Tree provides an opportunity to connect with those families and begin ministering to them at Christmas and then continue through a variety of year-round ministry opportunities.

Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc. is not a church but a nondenominational, nonprofit, nationwide Christian prison ministry. It is their firm belief that even the most hardened of criminals, or troubled youth offenders, can be touched and changed forever by the power and love of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. They provide United States prison chaplains with free English and Spanish Christian literature, audios, and videos that will assist them in reaching prisoners with the Holy Word of God. They distribute Bibles, New Testaments, Gospels of John, role model books, Bible booklets, tracts, Christian audios and videos, and a regular Bible-teaching publication.

The backbone of Bill Glass Champions for Life’s ministry is its prison ministry. Since 1972, Bill Glass and his crew of volunteer teammates have been visiting America’s prisons, bringing inmates the message of the gospel. Athletes, entertainers and musicians bring their testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ in a nonstop stunt and music-driven evangelism event. Through this event, these performers present their talents along with their testimony, establishing the credibility that goes along with their portrayal of the gospel message.

BreakPoint is the worldview ministry of Prison Fellowship Ministries. Their mission is to seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. BreakPoint provides a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends via radio, interactive media, and print.

Charles D. Watson testifies that anyone can be forgiven and transformed by Christ, even a former member of the Manson family. Charles is now a born-again Christian, ministering God’s love to prisoners and to people around the world.

CEF has committed to coming alongside the children of inmates to help them have the most promising future possible. These kids are bearing the consequences of their parents’ actions. An inmate chooses to walk the wrong path and his/her children often follow.

Christian Library International serves adult and youth prison inmates by providing Christian books, Bibles, CDs, and DVDs to prisons, jails and youth detention centers. The new and used materials are shipped directly to chaplains who distribute them by means of a lending library, a book cart or by personally giving them to the inmates.

Forgiven Ministry conducts “One Day with God” camps to bring children inside the prison walls to spend a day of structured activities with their incarcerated parent. The objective is to help bring reconciliation and restoration of relationships, and to help break the cycle of incarceration that often follows from generation to generation.

Global University provides basic evangelism and discipleship courses for prisoners across the country and around the world in 122 languages. The site also offers a description of their other training and educational programs, from evangelism, discipleship, ministerial training, undergraduate and graduate level accredited courses all available via distance education.

The purpose of GNJPM is to provide spiritually mature, equipped, and motivated Christian chaplains to serve in correctional facilities nationally and internationally. They also meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.

Heart of America Prison Ministries supplies leather-bound study Bibles for prisoners. These Bibles are long-lasting and durable. They also are precious treasures that prisoners tend to take with them and keep for years; no matter what their circumstances.

The InnerChange Freedom Initiative is a proven, voluntary and holistic values-based Reentry Program. It seeks the development of the whole person—spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. The spiritual formation aspect of the program is based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. IFI was started by Prison Fellowship in 1997.

The Institute for Prison Ministries, a department of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, began as a result of several discussions with Charles Colson and Kenneth Wessner. In 1984, the Institute for Prison Ministries was established. The mission of the Institute for Prison Ministries is to support and serve the professionals and volunteers who bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to prisoners, and those who disciple professing Christians in prison and following their release.

IDPM provides easy access for inmates and their families to get effective help from the prison ministries which best serve their needs. They can find counseling services in their area, or they can locate a ministry to request literature, Bible study courses or simply request prayer support. They also provide easy access for prison ministries to discover each other, and to allow members to communicate with each other, simplifying exchange of experience and news.

Chaplain Ray Hoekstra began International Prison Ministry in 1972. For decades, Chaplain Ray and his wife, Leola, made thousands of ministry visits into prisons across America and the former Soviet Union. They also distributed free Bibles, life-changing testimony books, and Christian study books to prisoners who requested them. Upon Chaplain Ray’s “home-going” to Glory, his wife continued to faithfully direct IPM until 2002, when IPM’s board of directors appointed Pastor Bob Hoekstra (Chaplain Ray’s son) Director of the ministry. Pastor Bob is also the founder and director of Living in Christ Ministries (, which now operates as the teaching and discipleship arm of IPM.

Justice Fellowship is the criminal justice reform arm of Prison Fellowship. Justice Fellowship works with key state and federal policy makers to reform the criminal justice system according to the principles of restorative justice found in the Bible. In some jurisdictions, Justice Fellowship advances a single piece of legislation. In other places, their approach is more comprehensive as they look at system-wide solutions to the problems of crime. Their work sometimes places them in an advisory or technical assistance role to an official commission on some criminal justice subject.

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is the parent organization of a body of ministries addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, their families and to those who work in the prison environment. The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen.

The mission of Koinonia House National Ministries is to equip the local church to receive Christian inmates released from prison to be integrated into the Church, the workplace and society through biblical discipleship. There are two primary avenues through which KHNM seeks to assure that Christian neighbors coming out of prison are met at the prison gate: by assisting churches, groups or individuals in setting up a post-prison ministry discipleship home for Christians coming out of prison; and equipping local churches to prepare to receive a Christian neighbor—matching at least one ex-prisoner to one local church.

The vision of Library of Hope is to provide chaplains with discipleship resources through a network of publishers, authors, musicians, and movie producers, equipping them to reach and disciple inmates and their children into a lifelong relationship with Christ. Through resource partnerships and sponsors, Christ-centered books and materials are placed into the hands of inmates and their children. Daily, Library of Hope receives letters from inmates and their families who have come to Christ through donated discipleship resources from our partners.

700,000 prisoners are released back into society each year; 67 percent of them will be re-arrested. This number shows what little hope inmates have outside of prison walls. Prison Fellowship works to share God’s love with these men and women and help disciple and equip them for life outside the walls. Prison Discipleship collaborates with churches, volunteers, and ministries to recruit, train, and support those who enter the prisons to share God’s love and hope.

New Life Behavior Ministries is a curriculum-based ministry. They research and develop curriculum designed to reconcile individuals to God, family and society through changing the way we conduct our daily lives. The NLB curriculum provides comprehensive studies leading to an understanding of ourselves and the value of discovering a meaningful relationship with God. Their curriculum has been edited and field-tested for 20 years.

Operation Starting Line is a network of national, regional and state ministries and organizations working together to support prisoners, their families and the prison community through evangelism, discipleship and collaboration. The mission of OSL is to seek the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ.

This ministry, started by Chuck Colson, reaches into the lives of prisoners and their families across the country. The site offers a variety of information and resources on prison ministry, prison-related issues and research, personal testimonies, etc.

The Saints Prison Ministry endeavors to reach male prisoners with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through sports. Studies show that 80 percent of all prisoners refuse to attend a conventional religious program such as a chapel service or Bible study. However, they will gladly attend a sporting event at which the gospel is shared.

Through cooperative arrangements with prison, probation, and parole officials throughout the country, The Salvation Army plays a growing role in prison rehabilitation and crime prevention. In some jurisdictions, prisoners are paroled to the direct custody of The Salvation Army. Services include Bible correspondence courses, prerelease job-training programs, and employment opportunities in cooperation with parole personnel, material aid, and spiritual guidance to both prisoners and their families.

SAM trains and equips Christians to lead Bible study discussion groups, facilitate recovery discussion groups, and mentor youth who are locked up in juvenile facilities, as well as provide effective aftercare models to help youth transition successfully back into the community. Their strength-based resources, curricula, training modules, and direct ministry models help youthful offenders become all that God intended them to be.