Prison Fellowship Ministries
44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne VA 20176
Mission Statement

 Prison Fellowship® believes that taking a restorative approach towards prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier.

Prison Fellowship is founded on the conviction that no life is beyond restoration and redemption. Those who once broke the law can be transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal. As God empowers and calls, we will be used by Him to bring restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration and to the communities that surround them in five main ways:

 

  1. Prison Fellowship will work diligently to restore prisoners and former prisoners to God, to themselves, to their families, to their communities, and to full participation in the Body of Christ.
  2. Prison Fellowship will empower great wardens to transform their correctional facilities into havens of moral rehabilitation for the incarcerated men and women under their care.
  3. Prison Fellowship will inspire local churches to engage in restoring the communities and people they serve by learning and living out a Christian worldview that addresses the culture of rebellion and crime upstream from incarceration.
  4. Prison Fellowship will minister to families through equipping Church volunteers to come alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long, to provide support while their loved ones are away.
  5. Prison Fellowship will advocate for public policies and legislation that bring restoration to all those affected by crime, including victims and the communities they and the offenders and families live in.

 


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James Ackerman
Board Chair Mr. Terry Van Der Aa
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman, Providence Bank
Contact Information
Address 44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Telephone 703 478-0100
Fax 703 554-8619
E-mail servicerequest@pfm.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $40,272,000.00
Projected Expenses $38,550,000.00
Statements
Mission

 Prison Fellowship® believes that taking a restorative approach towards prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier.

Prison Fellowship is founded on the conviction that no life is beyond restoration and redemption. Those who once broke the law can be transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal. As God empowers and calls, we will be used by Him to bring restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration and to the communities that surround them in five main ways:

 

  1. Prison Fellowship will work diligently to restore prisoners and former prisoners to God, to themselves, to their families, to their communities, and to full participation in the Body of Christ.
  2. Prison Fellowship will empower great wardens to transform their correctional facilities into havens of moral rehabilitation for the incarcerated men and women under their care.
  3. Prison Fellowship will inspire local churches to engage in restoring the communities and people they serve by learning and living out a Christian worldview that addresses the culture of rebellion and crime upstream from incarceration.
  4. Prison Fellowship will minister to families through equipping Church volunteers to come alongside families of the incarcerated at Christmastime, and all year long, to provide support while their loved ones are away.
  5. Prison Fellowship will advocate for public policies and legislation that bring restoration to all those affected by crime, including victims and the communities they and the offenders and families live in.

 


Impact

We live out our mission by serving and equipping the Church to fulfill the Great Commission among prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families and advocating for the reform of the justice system so that communities will be safer, victims are respected and offenders are transformed. We implement proven, research-backed programs that address crime at its root – the human heart – believing in the power of the Gospel to transform lives from the inside out.

This past year, Angel Tree served 289, 994 prisoners by providing a gift, a personal message and the Gospel to their 330, 663 children. We registered 7,698 participating churches and organizations who served 327, 614 of the children. Additionally, 5,706 children of prisoners attended an Angel Tree camp with Prison Fellowship scholarship.

Currently, we reach approximately 375,000 prisoners each year through Prison Fellowship programming. Last year, Prison Fellowship hosted over 200 evangelism events that had over 23,000 attendees. There are 1,088 prisoners currently participating in seminary-level classes and more than 53,000 Bibles were distributed. Most importantly, we saw over 4,800 prisoners dedicate their lives to Christ!

This year we are excited for the implementation of our expanded Warden Exchange and new Second Prison Project programs. The Warden Exchange newest innovative program uses web-based classes that focus on the opportunity for prison wardens to influence the culture of their prisons. The Second Prison Project has been launched to serve and engage those with criminal records—a potential audience of more than 65 million people.

Additionally, Prison Fellowship and the Denver Seminary are teaming to develop the “Spiritual and Character Formation” Certificate Program. The program is designed to develop men serving long-term sentences to be prison culture changers, role models, and coaches for younger men with shorter sentences. We are also implementing two programs in Texas that will serve youth who are classified as adults in the judicial and corrections systems. The program will provide mentoring by churches to those who are being released and training on how to positively use their time in prison to those who are moving into the state corrections system.

Needs

The top three most pressing Prison Fellowship needs are:

  1. Expanding pre- and post-release reentry programs in prisons across the nation; requires staff to recruit and train volunteers to deliver the training and the materials for the training courses. The approximate cost to provide program materials for at least 10 classes is $10,000 per year.
  2. Implementing The Second Prison Project pilot in Minnesota and Colorado. This program has been launched to advocate, serve, and educate those with criminal records—a potential audience of more than 65 million people. Our goal is to educate the public on the impact of criminal justice policy, give a human face to our advocacy efforts, and ease the reintegration of men and women newly released from prison.
  3. Changing the culture of prisons through empowering wardens to transform correctional facilities into havens of moral rehabilitation for the incarcerated men and women under their care. A class of 15 warden participants costs $400,000.
Background

Founded in 1976 by Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship (PF) is the largest prison outreach and criminal justice reform organization in the world. Its programs reach prisoners, ex-prisoners and families of prisoners in all 50 states. Prison Fellowship seeks to transform lives, minds and communities through Jesus Christ. Born out of the Watergate crisis, Prison Fellowship was founded after Colson’s life was changed forever when he accepted Christ as Savior.

After his incarceration for a Watergate-related offense, Colson was moved to share with prisoners the very faith that sustained him during his incarceration. Within a few short years, Prison Fellowship had become the world’s largest Christian ministry to prisoners and their families. In the last 40 years we have expanded our influence through programs like Angel Tree, Justice Fellowship, Inside Journal, InterChange Freedom Initiative, and many more.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Throughout the United States
Prison Fellowship serves prisoners and their families where most federal and state prisons are located throughout the United States.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Terry Van Der Aa
Company Affiliation Chairman, Providence Bank
Term June 2014 to June 2018
Email tvanderaa@tlvholdings.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Brian Byrd President, Texas Hospice
Burl Cain Warden, Angola Prison
Paul Cauwels Cauwels & Stuve
Chris Colson Vice-President, TD Back, N.A.
Carl Dill Managing Director TriCour Partners
Ida Drameh Principal of Ida Drameh and Associates, Gambia
Erika N. Harold Miss America 2003; Attorney
Marten Hoekstra UBS AG
Heidi Huizenga Huizenga Capital Management
Rev. Henry Jackson Pastor
Tom Mader CEO Guardity Technologies, Inc.
Robert Milligan Community Volunteer
Edwin Simcox Indiana Energy Association
Terry L. Van Der Aa Chairman, Providence Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. James Ackerman
Experience

Amid a 25-year global career in media and entertainment, Ackerman’s first exposure to Prison Fellowship in 2004 inspired him to serve long-term as a prison ministry volunteer with the organization he will now lead. Ackerman has spent the last dozen years volunteering with Prison Fellowship, leveraging his business experience to teach prisoners important life skills, such as resume writing, job interviewing, household budgeting and personal planning. He also spent 10 years mentoring prisoners and former prisoners.

Ackerman and his wife, Martha, have also served as local coordinators for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree. In addition, Ackerman graduated as part of the second annual class of the Centurions program (now called the Colson Fellows program), one of Charles Colson’s greatest legacies.

Ackerman has cultivated his specialty as a CEO who helps media companies like Documentary Channel, British Interactive Broadcasting, Broadway Systems and Open TV navigate periods of transition and growth. In 2005 Ackerman founded Spinnaker Media to develop innovative entertainment and digital media companies, and he will remain a general partner with that organization. He also previously held roles at British Sky Broadcasting, A&E Television Networks, Hearst Entertainment, International Family Entertainment and Grey Entertainment & Media.

He has served on the boards of several companies and nonprofit organizations, including Saving Innocence, which provides social services to underage girls rescued from sex trafficking, and the International Documentary Association. He was recently appointed chairman of the board for Stockholm-based Accedo, a global pioneer in video applications.

Ackerman is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and he and Martha have two grown children. The couple reside in D.C.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Craig DeRoche Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
Sam Dye Senior Vice President, Prison Fellowship
Sara Marlin Vice President, Marketing and Commincations
Tim Robison Senior Vice President, Administration and Development
Staff
Full Time Staff 175
Part Time Staff 32
Volunteers 9999
Retention Rate 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

 

Angel Tree-

Angel Tree Christmas is a Prison Fellowship program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.

Many churches make an annual commitment to this highly rewarding program, and recognize it as a way to care for some of the most overlooked members of our communities.

Angel Tree Camping

A good way to extend your Angel Tree ministry throughout the year is to arrange for prisoners' children to attend Christian summer camp.

Camp can be one of the most life-changing experiences that children of incarcerated parents can have. Camp gives the child an opportunity to have fun, fellowship with their peers, build relationships with caring camp counselors and to experience the love of God in the great outdoors.
 
The camping experience gives the children the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God. At camp many children will make a first-time decision to trust in Jesus Christ or deepen their commitment to Him. And the growth that begins at camp is reinforced and nurtured when your church provides follow-up support for the kids after they return.

 

Description

The Prison Fellowship Seminary Level Training program is based on the Capstone Curriculum and has been described as a “seminary education without the Greek and Hebrew.” It is divided into 16 ten-week courses. The courses are facilitated by trained Prison Fellowship Certified volunteers. In addition to the standard in prison training, these volunteers complete online training on how to facilitate the Seminary Level Training program (e.g., class format, use of books, administration of tests). It can take up to four years to complete the curriculum depending on the prison.

Upon completion of all 16 courses, students receive a Certificate in Christian Leadership Studies. This credential allows certain church denominations to place recipients in a pastoral leadership position in a church, much like a Masters of Divinity from a seminary.

 

Description

PF's pre-release training offers prisoners the opportunity to prepare for successful reentry by providing them with a foundation of Biblical life skills and preparation starting 12-18 months from release. Prisoners who are 12-18 months from release must apply to be included in the program.

Ideally, a PF staff or a lead volunteer works closely with the chaplain to select and plan a year of courses to be offered in the reentry prison. PF certified volunteers deliver the curriculum according to the negotiated schedule.

PF's post-release reentry support is intended to provide a community based network that can come alongside the ex-offender upon release and provide a wide range of services and support to help ensure successful reentry.

Reentry support is not "programmatic" following a defined structure but rather establishes some key components that must be adapted to the specific community as well as the needs of the ex-offender

Our reentry support may include the following components: Community Reentry Team (CRT), Bridge Churches, Services and Mentors.

Description Warden Exchange is Prison Fellowship’s newest innovative program which focuses on the opportunity prison wardens have to influence the culture of their prisons. Prison Fellowship’s research, including studies by George Mason University and the University of Georgia with over 200 corrections experts, shows that wardens hold the key to the moral rehabilitation of the inmates under their charge. The Warden Exchange (WE) convenes wardens and other leaders in an in-depth leadership training program that examines and applies best practices for creating safer and more rehabilitative prisons. At the core is a belief in the moral rehabilitation of prisoners to effect real change in individuals and break the cycle of crime and recidivism.
Description

The Second Prison Project serves and engages those with criminal records—a potential audience of more than 65 million people. This demographic, often ignored, can be mobilized to share its time, talent, and treasure to educate the public on the impact of criminal justice policy, give a human face to our advocacy efforts, and ease the reintegration of men and women newly released from prison.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $40,272,000.00
Projected Expenses $38,550,000.00
Endowment Value $3,474.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$37,475,325$35,243,000$37,141,953
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$285,153--$92,516
Investment Income, Net of Losses$335,522$1,282,000$133,835
Membership Dues------
Special Events($43,326)--($9,470)
Revenue In-Kind$561,674$56,000$1,861,399
Other$1,287,523$1,262,000$1,545,063
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$23,781,720$28,335,000$23,653,119
Administration Expense$3,975,191$5,427,000$4,190,748
Fundraising Expense$9,912,182$9,043,000$9,580,564
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.881.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%66%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%26%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$13,537,924$40,385,000$18,014,525
Current Assets$4,334,615$3,501,000$5,088,395
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$4,967,798
Current Liabilities$11,916,492$7,643,000$7,901,767
Total Net Assets$1,621,432$32,742,000$5,144,960
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.360.460.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%28%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2014View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • The Form 990 represents the financial position of Prison Fellowship Ministries.
  • The audited financial statements represent the financial position of Prison Fellowship Ministries and affiliate.