Director - Mary Mortenson
My first taste of prison ministry was about 20 years ago when my husband, Jack, and I began worshipping with the St. Dysmas congregation in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Little did I know that I was experiencing the PCA model. What I did know was that I was experiencing worship that was liberating and holy. Over the years we conducted services at the Sioux Falls trustee unit, and I served on the Associate Council for St. Dysmas. Along the way, my path crossed professionally with Pr. Ed Nesselhuf and PCA, and I began doing fund raising and promotion work for PCA.
By the time Pr. Ed announced his intention to retire, I had fallen in love with PCA, its promises and its possibilities. In May 2008, I accepted the call to become the second director of this fine organization. Simply put, the PCA model works and potential churches on the inside and those established ones on the outside deserve to experience all that the model offers. The church on the inside is reminded every day of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and the church on the outside is renewed. It doesn't get much better than that.
I invite you to join the PCA Board of Directors, the staff and volunteers, the pastors of PCA congregations all over the country, and myself in this amazing adventure. We are always grateful for your donations, for that is the primary support of the ministry. Do you think this might work in your area? Contact me and together, we'll see what we can do. My job is to work with you and other key players to plant a successful denominationally organized congregation in a prison near you. Together, with God's grace and guidance, we can do it!
PCA Board of Directors
Prison Congregations of America is served by a national board, which works hard to promote and support the ministry. Board members may be elected to two three-year terms.
Neil Bullock - Oak Park, IL
Macedonia Project Coordinator, ELCA
Pamela Deacon-Joyner - Grapeview, WA
Sarah Estes, Board Secretary - Jefferson City, MO
Youth Program Associate, 4H LIFE Program
Rev. Chris Flohr, Board President-Elect - Missoula, MT
Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Missoula, MT
Rev. Wayne Gallipo - Sioux Falls, SD
Gloria Gurwell - Sun City, AZ
Rev. John Harrison - St. Louis, MO
Presbyterian (USA) Pastor
Dennis Hoffman, Board Treasurer - Sioux Falls, SD
CEO, Volunteers of America Dakotas
Rev. Steve Peterson, Board President - Cass Lake, MN
Executive Director, Pathways Outdoor Ministries
Rev. Paul Stone- Fort Dodge, IA
Pastor of The Church of the Damascus Road, Fort Dodge & Rockwell City, IA
PCA Advisory Board
Joel Cook - SIoux Falls, SD
Carol Porter - Olympia, WA
Former Warden, and national consultant to correctional facilities