EXISTING COMMUNITIES OF FAITH
These represent currently active congregations affiliated with Prison Congregations of America. Some, but not all, were assisted by PCA in their startups. For easier reference, they are categorized by denomination. Most have websites listed here and can be found on Facebook as well.
Christian Reformed Church
Disciples of Christ
*Congregations that are not operating inside a prison facility
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Community of St. Dysmas
Baltimore Area, MD Website: http://www.stdysmasmd.org/
Pastor, Susan Beck Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was Pastor Ed Nesselhuf’s first prison congregation, in 1984.
St. Dysmas Prison Ministry Of South Dakota
Followers of Christ Lincoln, NE Website: http://www.osllincoln.org/prison-ministry.html
Pastor Bob Bryan (retired)
Check with Our Saviors Lutheran Church or the Nebraska Synod on transition progress
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and Hope Fellowship
Pastor, John Stramiello Email: email@example.com
Hagar’s Community Church Gig Harbor, WA Website: http://www.olypres.org/new-worshipping-communities
Pastor, Layne Brubaker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
United Methodist Church
A new UMC congregation is in the formation stages in Central Florida.
PCA is partnering with the UMC Mission Developers as they launch a pilot project in which both the INSIDE prison congregation AND the OUTSIDE re-entry program will begin in tandem. There will be one pastor for the church plant inside the women’s correctional facility in Ocala, and another pastor assigned to construct the framework for the reintegration piece to serve the women when they are released from incarceration.
We are very excited to be a part of this Spirit-filled venture in Florida, and honored to accompany our United Methodist Church Mission Developers in implementing a “Train the Trainer” model empowering the OUTSIDE pastor to replicate reintegration training across the state of Florida, thereby equipping the UMC to more broadly welcome and readily assist women coming out of prison to communities from the Panhandle to Miami.