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Words Matter!

Words matter! They contribute to shame. Shame can propagate unhealthy behavior. It inhibits healthy growth and transformation. We who serve prison congregations strive to bring the light of Christ that offers mercy, forgiveness and the promise of new b…
by Rev. Terry Schjang, New Beginnings Worshipping Community, Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, Denver, Colorado  As I stood on the west steps of the capital building in Den… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/words-matter/

A Pastor of Their Own

In a place where human beings have so little to call their own, PCA congregations are there solely for them. They are run by an inmate council, along with an outside council and the pastor is all theirs. The ownership that brings and the feeling of belo…
By Julie Thomas, PCA Administrative Assistant On a recent visit to the congregation of St. Dysmas in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, I found myself sitting next to a man w… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/pastor-their-own/

Ed Nesselhuf, Pastor Pioneer

Here are three stories of Ed's pioneering spirit in the development and nurturing of Prison Congregations of America from its inception until his retirement.
By Rev. Kwen Sanderson, St. Dysmas behind the walls of Mike Durfee Men's Prison in Springfield, SD. One time I asked Ed, how did PCA get started. Basically, he had attended a g… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/ed-nesselhuf-pastor-pioneer/

Two Fumbling Old Cowboys Counting on Grace

Ed had a way of getting people to do things with him they had never done before, to be better than they thought they were. it didn’t matter if you were an inmate in one of the inside prison walls congregations he started through PCA or a member of the PC…
by Rev. Steve Peterson, PCA Board President As many of you reading this know, Ed Nesselhuf, founder of PCA, was an accomplished cowboy poet. One day a number of years ago Ed pu… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/two-fumbling-old-cowboys-counting-grace/