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

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Celebration Fellowship

Grand Rapids, MI Website: https://celebrationfellowship.org/
Pastor, Bob Arbogast Email: arbogast.bob@gmail.com

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New Life Prison Community

Newton, IA Website: http://www.newlife-prison.org/
Pastor, Rick Admiraal Email: pastorrick@newlife-prison.org


Disciples of Christ

St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church

Draper, UT Website: http://www.sfaccattheprison.com/
Pastor, Charles Hines Email: hinescharles@yahoo.com

*Church of Another Chance Nashville, TN       Website:  http://www.churchofanotherchance.org/
Founding Pastor, Scott Jamieson Email:  pastorscott@churchofanotherchance.org
This congregation consists of men who are being held in the Davidson County jail system.

*New Life in Christ Christian Church

Louisville, KY Website: https://www.missionbehindbarsandbeyond.org
Pastor, Carol Wieger Email: samsonlevi@gmail.com
This congregation consists of women who have been released from prison into a halfway house

*Congregations that are not operating inside a prison facility


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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The Community of St. Dysmas

Baltimore Area, MD Website: http://www.stdysmasmd.org/
Pastor, Susan Beck Email: pastor@communitystdysmas.com
This was Pastor Ed Nesselhuf’s first prison congregation, in 1984.

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St. Dysmas Prison Ministry Of South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD Website: www.stdysmas.com
Pastor, Wayne Gallipo Email: pastorwayne@stdysmas.com
When Pastor Ed returned to South Dakota from the East Coast, he brought the model to Sioux Falls.
The first worship service was held at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in May, 1990.

St. Dysmas Springfield, SD Website: www.stdysmas.com
Pastor, David Bentz Email:  pastordavid@stdysmas.com

Church of the Damascus Road Texas

New Beginnings Worshiping Community Denver, CO Website:  https://www.newbeginningswc.org  
Pastor, Terry Schjang Email:  terry.schjang@gmail.com

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
lincolnpastor.oslc@gmail.com or rich@nebraskasynod.org

Church of the Damascus Road

Fort Dodge & Rockwell City, IA Website: http://codrcare.org
Pastor, Paul Stone Email: DamascusCh@aol.com

Free Indeed

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Living Stones

Shelton, WA Website: www.livingstonesprisoncongregation.com
Pastor, Chris Ode Email: pastor.ode@gmail.com

Freedom In Christ

Deer Lodge, MT Website: http://www.ficprisonministry.com
Pastor, Rob Nedbalek Email: PastorRob@ficprisonministry.com

Breaking the Chains Church Milwaukee, WI Website:  https://milwaukeesynod.org/breaking-the-chains/
Pastor, Mark Thompson Email:  pastormarkthompson@earthlink.net

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Santa Isabel Ministry to Immigrants

Elizabeth, NJ Website: https://www.njsynod.org/copy-of-domestic-mission
Pastor, Ramon Collazo Email: pastorsantaisabel@yahoo.com

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Grace and Hope Fellowship

Pendleton, IN

Pastor, John Stramiello Email: johnstram@yahoo.com


Presbyterian USA

Hagar’s Community Church Gig Harbor, WA Website:  http://www.olypres.org/new-worshipping-communities
Pastor, Layne Brubaker Email:  layne.b.brubaker@gmail.com


Reformed Church In America

Living Stone Prison Church Springfield, SD Website:  https://livingstoneprisonchurch.com/
Pastor, Jason Wiersma Email:  jrwiersma@yahoo.com


United Methodist Church

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Grace Place

Fort Pillow, TN Website: http://www.graceplacemethodist.com/
Pastor, Diane Harrison Email: Rnmdiv@aol.com

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Women at the Well

Mitchellville, IA Website: http://www.womenatthewellumc.org/
Pastor, Lee Schott Email: revlas333@gmail.com


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.