Montana State Prison (MSP) has not had a resident chaplain for a number of years. To address this unmet need for pastoral care, the Montana Synod Council of the E.L.C.A. (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) appointed a task force in 2008 charged to lay the ground work for establishing a prison congregation at MSP open to all inmates.
The overall goal of the task force was to establish a prison congregation at MSP through identifying and creating working relationships with Christian denominations and the Montana Department of Corrections. Freedom in Christ Prison Ministry became a worshiping community in 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to transform lives at Montana State Prison through the power and presence of Jesus Christ.
Our prison ministry is unique in that the inmates are the inside congregation with an ordained and called pastor from outside. The inmates host worship guests from participating congregations and churches on a weekly basis inside the prison walls. The congregation also relies on these outside congregations to support them financially as well as spiritually.
Check out our Leadership page to get acquainted with Pastor Rob, staff and Council members.
Our video explains in more detail who we are and how this ministry is helping to change lives.