About the Institute for Prison Ministries

About the Institute for Prison Ministries

Vision: Believers providing competent correctional ministry that furthers the gospel

Mission: Serve as a Christian correctional training and resource center

The Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM) is a department of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. IPM 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.

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

IPM 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.

IPM provides training, programs, and resources for offenders and their families, correctional officers, and victims.

Directors

The following have served as IPM directors:

Mr. Don Smarto 1984-1996

Dr. Richard Bundy 1999-2000

Mr. Dave Haidle (interim) 2000-2002

Mr. Angulus Wilson 2002-2004

Mr. Dave Haidle (interim) 2004-2005

Dr. Karen Swanson 2005 - Present