Prison Congregations of America

Building communities of faith inside and outside of prisons in the United States

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Prison Congregations of America

Prison Congregations of America (PCA) is a 501c3 national nonprofit with an ecumenical approach to building communities of faith inside and outside of prisons in the United States.

The organization was started by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor, Ed Nesselhuf, a visionary cowboy poet with a heart for men and women in prison.  For more about Pastor Ed and PCA’s beginning, check out the “History” tab.




This organization’s vision is to see lives permanently transformed through the planting of churches inside every prison in America. Prison congregations that offer Christ-centered discipleship and fellowship to inmate congregants who - with their ordained pastor - create strong, healthy, stable communities around the Lord’s Table and share their witness of the power of redemptive grace through faith both within the prison environment and outside in the free world if they are released.



PCA's Mission is to walk out the gospel of God's grace with men and women in prison and those released to freedom by helping to build robust, sustainable communities of faith that offer continuity of pastoral care and supportive fellowship with welcoming brothers and sisters in Christ.

Ed Nesselhuf’s model for Prison Congregations of America