Prison Fellowship, a prominent evangelical ministry to inmates,
has laid off dozens of employees, citing the faltering economy.
A total of 72 staffers were let go as part of a restructuring that included new
leaders as of July 18. Jim Liske, a former pastor in Michigan,
began as CEO and Garland Hunt, a former Atlanta
pastor, is now president.
“Like many nonprofits in the wake of this economy, Prison Fellowship has had to
deal with shrinking resources and rising costs,” said Frank Lofaro, executive
vice president of the ministry.
The ministry was founded in 1976 by ex-convict and Nixon aide Chuck Colson.
Lofaro declined to disclose the current total number of Prison Fellowship
“Prison Fellowship is not focusing on its recent staff reductions but rather on
the new season it is embarking on for the ministry,” Lofaro said in a
The ministry, which turns 35 this month of August, works with about 8,500 churches
and 14,000 volunteers to support prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.