|Equipping and encouraging the body of Christ for correctional ministry
Answering the Call
Answering the Call is an in-prison training seminar for Christ-followers to live focused lives of witness and discipleship. Student workbooks are provided.
School for Correctional Ministries
The School for Correctional Ministries offers Wheaton College accredited Correctional Ministry Credential Program with an emphasis in correctional chaplaincy, reentry leadership, or a correctional ministry focus area. Courses include both face-to-face and online delivery and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.
IPM provides Volunteer Training and Mentor Training seminars for churches and ministries at their location.
The IPM library is a series of booklets designed to offer helpful information to families of offenders, corrections staff and those ministering to victimes. Each booklet includes the Gospel message.
Charles W. Colson Scholarship
Named after Charles W. Colson, this scholarship is for those formerly incarcerated to attend Wheaton College in the undergraduate, graduate or correctional ministries credential program.
The Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM), a department of the Billy Graham Cener 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 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