Prison Fellowship Ministries

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Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM) are a collection of organizations that originated from the efforts of former Richard Nixon aide Chuck Colson, after Colson finished his prison sentence for Watergate-related offenses in 1974. While the original focus was Christian outreach to prisoners, the scope has broadened both to the overall criminal justice system and to general standards of Christian life. In 2006, Colson, while remaining on the Board of Directors, turned the chair over to Michael Timmis. Former Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley is President and CEO.

While some of the programs claim impressive results, there are legal complexities due to the U.S. Constitutional requirement for separation of church and state.

Prison Fellowship

The Fellowship proper consists of:[1]


These programs are not aimed directly at prisoners.

  • Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview "Our 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"[4]
  • BreakPoint Commentary: Colson and Earley's commentary news, from a Biblical perspective.
  • ThePoint: Early's discussion about culture, again from a Biblical standpoint; a blog supplements the radio programming
  • Centurions Program: an intensive Bible study program
  •—a Web site that serves as a resource for viewing topics with a Biblical perspective.
  • BreakPoint WorldView Magazine—features commentaries by Chuck Colson and Mark Earley as well as articles written by established worldview writers