Institute for Prison Ministries

The Institute for Prison Ministries supports the evangelism and discipling efforts of correctional ministries nationwide by providing them with training and resources.


Equipping and encouraging the body of Christ for correctional ministry

Vision: Believers providing competent correctional ministry that further the Gospel

Mission: Serve as a Christian Correctional Training and Resource center

The Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), a department of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, began as a result of the vision of Charles Colson and Kenneth Wessner. In 1984, through the generosity of Kenneth and Norma Wessner and a longtime business partner, the Institute for Prison Ministries was established. The Charles W. Colson Scholarship was added in 1986.

The School for Correctional Ministries (SCM) equips professionals and volunteers who serve in jails, prisons, and reentry for effective ministry through the church.

Answering the Call is an in-prison evangelism training seminar for Christ-followers to live focused lives of witness and discipleship. 

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