PFA

About

Prison Fellowship is governed by a National Board, comprised of members from each State and Territory.  Our Board members are volunteers who bring their experience and skills from the legal, business, human resource, finance, social services and government sectors.

We asked each of them why they love Prison Fellowship:

Meet the Board

Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Chairman

Nothing lifts my spirits more than the opportunity to share God’s love with others in prison. This is inexplicable to most people, but God has placed in my heart a love for those in prison. I felt this from the very first time that I went inside, to debate against the Spartans Debating Club here at Risdon Prison (TAS) almost 25 years ago. I feel it still, as strongly as ever!

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Vice Chair

I love Prison Fellowship because it brings heaven the great joy Jesus spoke of in Luke 15:7.. "Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

Daryl Myatt

Daryl Myatt

Secretary

I love Prison Fellowship because it provides access and an opportunity to reach people forgotten or shunned for what they have done - the least of these. Jesus’ forgiveness is good news and a comfort we share with others. Prison Fellowship brings basic help, love and light to situations that are otherwise quite dark and lonely. We are in contact with a range of people affected by crime inside and outside the prison walls, including families.

John Peberdy

John Peberdy

Finance Officer

In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about the importance of looking after those in the community with special needs. Amongst the list is those in prison. Jesus’s response to prisoners is that we should visit them. I love Prison Fellowship because, around the world, it is obedient to this command from Jesus when others want to deride and discard them.

Steven Nicholson

Steven Nicholson

God has a special place in His heart for those at the edge of society, and prisoners, their families, and victims are at that edge in our day. God is often most active at the edges and he gives us the privilege to roll up our sleeves and work with Him in His life-transforming work as he brings people into relationship with him.

Vera Ou-Young

Vera Ou-Young

I love Prison Fellowship because it makes a difference in people’s lives! Our volunteers and support networks are amazing transformers in their involvements in so many different ways. Life changing.....

David Maxwell

David Maxwell

I love Prison Fellowship because it enables people like me to extend God’s love and grace to those in prison, reminding them of Romans 8:38-39, that absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love. It also enables us to support people affected by crime including families and victims of crime. God is good…All the time!

David Cormack

David Cormack

I love Prison Fellowship because of its focus on broken people, including myself, to have hope, a way forward, and reconciliation with God and our fellow human beings. Prison Fellowship to my mind, uniquely utilises people of the same faith across varied denominations to minister to those affected by crime, including children, friends, families, crime survivors and offenders. Prison Fellowship walks where few go, and lifts up the broken-hearted, offering peace and healing. Through all this, I see justice at work, flowing like a river. Natural enemies can find commonality and in some restoration. Lives are healed and communities made safer.

Shane Ellery

Shane Ellery

For many people, prison seems like the end of the road and it’s so easy for those of us on the outside to forget or ignore the many souls hidden away in our correctional facilities. But no one is hidden to God. I love Prison Fellowship because it takes the gospel of Jesus Christ seriously – that even when all earthy liberties have been lost, perfect freedom can be found in Christ and his kingdom. I love Prison Fellowship because it has recognised the incredible opportunity that exists in our prisons for the gospel, and is there showing prisoners at the end of the road where to find new life.