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Prison Fellowship Ministries

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Summary:  Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM) began in 1976 to serve prisoners, former prisoners, their families, and advocate for restorative criminal justice reform.  PFM staff and volunteers go into correctional facilities sharing the Gospel, encouraging hope for the future, and teaching classes.  PFM introduces incarcerated men and women to a new future in Christ and mature their spiritual growth with Bible studies and Christian leadership training.  They also offer life-skills classes and address the roots of criminal behavior and prepare men and women to be positive, peaceful members of their communities.  PFM also trains wardens to create a more constructive prison culture that facilitates the moral rehabilitation of prisoners.  PFM recruits, trains and equips churches that participate in the Angel Tree program, which provides a pathway for incarcerated parents to restore and strengthen their relationships with their children and families.  The aim of Prison Fellowship Ministries is to create a culture of second chances for people with a criminal history, and connect those who have participated in their programs with local churches and other community resources that assist with community re-integration.

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  2 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020):  $44,289,105

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing   (almost 7 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Prison Fellowship Ministries Spends on Fundraising:  22 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  5 percent

President:  James Ackerman

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: $425,105

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.