God is merciful and often gives us second chances when we fail. But for people who are in prison, sometimes a second chance seems far off. Institute for Prison Ministries Director Karen Swanson and Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association President Joe Williams join Ed Stetzer to talk about prison ministry and the hope God gives to those incarcerated and to those who work with them.
Dr. Karen Swanson serves as the Director for the Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College a convening, training and resource center and is co-founder of the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association. Karen teaches correctional ministry courses, gives multiple conference workshops and publishes and serves on the board of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry and Naomi’s House. She holds multiple certifications and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership from Northern Illinois University.
Joe Williams is executive director of the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association. His passion for helping the incarcerated and their families is born from his own past battles with crime and addiction. Joe was recognized as an outstanding social entrepreneur in 2006 by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. He inspires and teaches numerous organizational leaders and criminal justice professionals around the world.
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is Dean of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and he has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine, and regularly writes for news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He serves at his local church, Highpoint Church, as a teaching pastor. Ed and his wife Donna have been married for more than 35 years and are the parents of three daughters.
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