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Leadership

Director - Renae

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Renae grew up in what was then a rural suburb of Detroit, raised by beloved Christian parents who walked their talk about Jesus every day.  Her relationship with the Lord began at a very early age, and has deepened over the years due to the grace and goodness of God as she questioned, wrestled with, and studied the Word to know Him on a more personal level as life's curve balls, traumas, and painful tragedies challenged her faith.

 
Renae's first career was in law enforcement - initially as a county jail deputy, followed by more than a decade as a police officer serving on SWAT and as a major crimes detective, with a proclivity for obtaining confessions from homicide suspects.  Having been exposed, up close and personal, to the injustices of the system, upon her departure from policing Renae pursued an advanced education in behavioral studies related to criminal justice, violence and trauma in particular.  With a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, she went on to graduate school in New York, attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Truman Scholar, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. 
 
Having helped launch a community-based nonprofit organization in 1996 and seeing the direct impact of an effective partnership between government and a nonprofit entity, while in graduate school Renae founded and established a national nonprofit for the express purpose of creating a public platform to expose some of the pressing issues in the criminal justice system, especially policing, from an "insider's" point of view.  She has spent the past twenty years working in both the for profit and nonprofit sectors, often in conjunction with government agencies, on behalf of the incarcerated, those in danger of being incarcerated, and those coming out of long term incarceration.
 
Renae is humbled by the Divine appointment to Prison Congregations of America, seeing the Hand of God in every previous exposure and experience, for such a time as this.

Staff 

 

PCA Board of Directors

Prison Congregations of America is served by a national board, which works hard to promote and support the ministry. Board members may be elected to two three-year terms.

Neil Bullock - Oak Park, IL
Macedonia Project Coordinator, ELCA

Pamela Deacon-Joyner, Board President-elect - Grapeview, WA
Retired educator

Sarah Estes, Board Secretary - Jefferson City, MO
Youth Program Associate, 4H LIFE Program

Rev. Chris Flohr, Board Immediate Past-president - Missoula, MT
Pastor of  St. Paul Lutheran Church, Missoula, MT

Rev. Wayne Gallipo - Sioux Falls, SD
ELCA Pastor

Gloria Gurwell - Sturgis, SD
Substance Abuse Counselor

Rev. John Harrison, Board President - St. Louis, MO
Presbyterian (USA) Pastor

Dennis Hoffman, Board Treasurer - Sioux Falls, SD
CEO, Volunteers of America Dakotas

Rev. Paul Stone- Fort Dodge, IA
Pastor of The Church of the Damascus Road, Fort Dodge & Rockwell City, IA

 

PCA Advisory Board 

Carol Porter - Olympia, WA

Former Warden, and national consultant to correctional facilities