About us

Faith Behind Bars & Beyond is a network of faith-based volunteers ministering to the needs of incarcerated men and women, ex-offenders, and their families.

How we began

In September 2005, Bishop James Curry gathered those involved in prison ministry throughout the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to share their stories and to meet the Reverend Jackie Means, National Prison Ministry Coordinator for The Episcopal Church. That night the Reverend Means and Bishop Curry challenged us to seek more "laborers for the vineyard" because the needs of God's people behind bars and their families are so great. They urged us to invite more people of faith into this life-transforming work. To take up the challenge, we formed Faith Behind Bars.

Since then, we have grown in strength and understanding of our mission, and in 2010 broadened our name to Faith Behind Bars and Beyond. Through regular meetings, statewide educational forums, presentations to churches, and this website, we are working to connect, encourage, and support prison volunteers of all faiths working "inside" and "outside" of prison walls.

How you can help

To sustain and build this life-changing ministry, we need prayers, volunteers, opportunities to speak, and financial support. If you or your church would like to know more about the needs of incarcerated persons and their families, if you have ever felt the "nudge" of the Spirit to reach out to those in prison, if you or your church can support us in any way, please contact us.

To donate to this ministry, please make your check payable to "The Episcopal Church in Connecticut", with "FBBB Prison Ministry" on the memo line, and it mail to the Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens, ECCT, 290 Pratt Street, Box 52, Meriden, CT 06450-8607.

Hopes for future prison ministry

  • Develop weekend and summer programs for children of incarcerated men and women and their families.
  • Create a legislative advocacy group to work from a faith perspective on prison issues.
  • Develop a database of faith communities willing to welcome ex-offenders.