Community of St. Dysmas - Jessep, Maryland, 1984
The first prison congregation developed by a main-line denomination was a Lutheran congregation in the Maryland prison system. It was called the Community of St. Dysmas, named for the repentant thief on the cross next to Jesus who asked to be remembered. Jesus' reply was "Today, you will be with me in paradise."
The community of St. Dysmas was begun in May 1984, and has been engaged in effective ministry ever since. St. Dysmas now has congregations in the women's prison (MCI-W) where it all began, as well as a medium security men's prison (MCI-J), and the Patuxent Institution, all in Jessup, MD. St. Dysmas also has a presence the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, and the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville.
Pastor Gerry Rickel
PO Box 354, Jefferson, MD 21755-0354
St. Dysmas of South Dakota - Sioux Falls & Springfield, SD, 1990
St. Dysmas of South Dakota was begun in 1990 in the South Dakota synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Thousands of visitors have worshiped with inmate members at worship sites in Sioux Falls and Springfield, South Dakota. It is a commonly accepted fact that St. Dysmas has affected the Lutheran congregations in South Dakota more than any single ministry in recent history.
Pastor Bob Chell
1300 E. 10th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Pastor Wayne Gallipo (Interim)
St. Dismas Episcopal - Graterford, PA , 1991
St. Dismas Episcopal prison ministry in Graterford, Pennsylvania began in 1970. Upon hearing of the congregational model, they organized as a congregation of the Philadelphia diocese in 1991. Deliberate attention has been paid to creating a community of faith that is spiritually self-sustaining and is increasing the involvement of the support congregations. Welcoming Congregations reentry training through is also underway.
Rev. George Master
6838 Woodlland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Church of Hope - Pierre, SD, 1997
The Church of Hope is an American Baptist congregation in the SD Women’s Prison. When the prison was built, the women, who were then housed in Springfield, SD,asked that a congregation be a part of the programming, and so it was - from the very beginning.
Rev. Kimberly LaPlante
PO Box 785
Pierre, SD 57501
The Church of the Damascus Road - Fort Dodge & Rockwell City, IA, 1997
The Church of the Damascus Road is an ELCA congregation serving in two men’s facilities in Iowa. Their program has expanded to include a vibrant reentry program.
Followers of Christ - Lincoln, NE, 1997
Followers of Christ is an ELCA congregation in the Nebraska State Penitentiary for men. There is strong and on-going support of this ministry from the Nebraska Synod, ELCA. Followers of Christ members celebrate the call of their new pastor effective March 1, 2011.
Pastor Bob Bryan
POB 22014 Lincoln, NE 68542-2014
New Beginnings Worshipping Community - Church Denver, Co, 2000
New Beginnings Worshipping Community is a joint venture among the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA, the Episcopalian Diocese of Colorado and Prison Congregations of America,serving the women in the Denver Women's Correction Facility.
Prison Lighthouse Fellowship - Sioux Falls, SD, 2003
Prison Lighthouse Fellowship is a congregation of the General Baptist Conference, which worships in the Jamison Annex of the SD State Penitentiary. The men of this congregation are led by Rev. Regan Beauchamp.
Rev. Regan Beauchamp
45794 266th St.
Humboldt, SD 57035
Cornerstone Prison Church - Sioux Falls, SD, 2005
Cornerstone Prison Church is a Christian Reformed congregation in the SD State Penitentiary. This congregation and ministry have served as a model for new church starts in other prisons.
Rev. Rick Van Ravenswaay
Pastor Doug DeGroot
PO Box 88708
Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Office Phone: 605-496-8152
Living Stones Prison Congregation - Shelton, WA, 2006
Living Stones is an ELCA congregation offering worship and programming for the men in Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.
Pr. Norm Arnold
Chapel @ WCC
PO Box 900
Shelton, WA 98584
(360)426-4433 ext. 5513
Women at the Well - Mitchellville, IA, 2006
Women at the Well, in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, is a vibrant congregation of the United Methodist Church led by Rev. Lee Schott.
Rev. Lee Schott
PO Box 33
Mitchellville, IA 50169
Office: (515) 822-4599
Prison Office: (515) 725-5228
Celebration Fellowship - Ionia, MI, 2008
Celebration Fellowship is the second PCA congregation of the Christian Reformed Church. Celebration Fellowship is a three-point parish, with two congregations inside the Ionia Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility and one across the road in the Handlon Correctional Facility.
Pr. Andy Hanson
3835 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grace Place - Fort Pillow,TN, 2010
Grace Place is a ministry of the United Methodist Church serving the women of the Women's Therapeutic Residential Center. Their pastor, Rev. Diane Harrison, has been the inspiration behind a variety of programs including worship, Bible study, book club, prayer shawl ministry and exercise class.
Grace Place Ministries
Rev. Diane Harrison
3476 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122
St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) –Draper, UT, 2011
This congregation, made up primarily of women inmates at the Utah State Prison, calls itself “A Ministry of Encouragement.” The members of the congregation are growing in Christ by doing evangelism, worship, and a crochet ministry, all the while seeking to live out Matthew 25: 31-40.
Rev. Charles Hines
PO Box 571737 Murray, UT 84157-1737
New Life Prison Community – Newton, IA, 2011
New Life Prison Community is lead by Pr. Rick and Rose Admiraal, under the auspices of the Christian Reformed Church. New Life is busy with Bible study and prayer groups and monthly worship. Check out Pastor Rick's blog - it's amazing!
Pastor Rick Admiraal
408 Maple Street, Pella, IA 50219
Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry - Deer Lodge,MT, 2012
After much prayer, work and patience, the Freedom in Christ Prison Congregation of the ELCA has their first pastor. Pr. Rob Nedbalek has begun his duties at the Montana State Prison and will be officially installed as the pastor at the Synod Assembly.
Pr. Rob Nedbalek
500 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
The Living Stone Prison Church - Springfield, SD, 2012
The Living Stone Prison Church is the first PCA congregation sponsored by the Reformed Church in America, and the second PCA congregation in the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, SD. Pr. Wiersma served an intern for Rev. Steve Moerman of Cornerstone Prison Church in the SDSP in Sioux Falls. Living Stones has weekly worship as well as Bible studies and other special events. This congregation serves as an important link as men are transferred from the Sioux Falls facility.
Pr. Jason Wiersma
PO Box 415
Yankton SD 57078
New Life In Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Louisville, KY, 2013
New Life in Christ Christian Church is a mission plant of Luther Luckett Christian Church in the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. When programming was restricted at the Luther Luckett complex, the men there sent their pastor, Dean Bucalos, to start a new congregation in the Diersen House, a half way house for women in Louisville.
Pr. Carol Wieger, Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church
PO Box 99852
Jeffersontown, KY 40269
Pr. Dean Bucalos, Project Coordinator of New Life and Mission Behind Bars and Beyond
PO Box 99852
Jeffersontown, KY 40269
The Church of the Damascus Road - Texas - Breckenridge & Jacksboro, TX, 2014
On Palm Sunday, 2014 Dan Lund was installed as the first pastor of The Church of the Damascus Road - Texas. Like their namesake in Iowa, this is a two-point prison parish, sponsored by the ELCA.
PO Box 399
Weatherford, TX 76086
Church of Another Chance - Nashville, TN, 2015
The Church of Another Chance is a bit outside the usual PCA mold in that this congregation is inside a large county jail in Nashville. Rev. Scott Jamieson of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is building a powerful ministry with the men in this jail. He has also built strong relationships with administrators in the county correctional system as well as his denomination.
Rev. Scott Jamieson
PO Box 60510
Nashville, TN 37206-0510
The Cross Road - Shelby, MT, 2016
The Cross Road is in the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby, Montana. The Cross Road, the first PCA congregation sponsored by the Presbyterian Church - USA is led by Rev. Ric Beals.
Rev. Ric Beals
Breaking the Chains Church - Milwaukee, WI, 2016
Breaking the Chains Church, sponsored by the ELCA is in the Felmers O. Chaney Correctional Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since this is a pre-release unit, the prison congregation, led by Rev. Mark Thompson, will be working closely with the community as the members transition back to free society.
Rev. Mark Thompson