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April 27, 2019

Ministering to the Incarcerated

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.



Karen Swanson
Karen Swanson

Karen Swanson

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
Joe Williams

Joe Williams

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. 

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Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer wears a lot of hats—author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter—as he helps Christians learn to share Christ. Ed has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Now he ministers as interim pastor of The Moody Church, teaches at Wheaton College, and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and a regional director of Lausanne North America. Ed and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have three daughters.

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