The Church At Prison is incorporated in VT as a non-profit church and is an approved IRS 501 (c) (3) non-profit governed by a board of directors. We follow our commission given by the Lord May 18 1993 and further defined by our mission statement and our Statement of Faith.
History – How We Got Started
The Church At Prison ministry, or CAP as it is frequently referred to, began after Pastor Pete accepted an invitation to be on the first KAIROS Team in VT in March, 1992. Then in September, 1992 he took over the Sunday night church service at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) with his wife Agnes.
In 1993 God called Pastor Pete to retire from IBM and start working in this ministry full time.
In 2004 Pastor Agnes Fiske left this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus.
In 2006 Pastor Pete and Jo (Joanne) Falise — Deaconess at Jericho Congregational Church — were married. In 2007, Jo retired from the Real Estate business and began working full time in The Church At Prison. In 2011, Jo was licensed by Maranatha Ministerial Fellowship International.
Since 1992 CAP, with the Lord’s help, has developed The Church at NWSCF with a Sunday night church service, Bible Studies, Pastoral Counseling, special events and in 2000 a college level school – Patmos Christian Academy. All of the women incarcerated in VT were transferred to NWSCF and housed there from January 2009 to August of 2011 after which they were transferred to Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). We continue Patmos classes for those women who began Patmos at NWSCF, but are now at CRCF in South Burlington.
CAP in keeping with its mission to serve those affected by incarceration has a number of ministries outside of prison also. Bridge Builders of VT helps released inmates transition back into society. New Creations Christian Fellowship support groups in Franklin, Rutland and Chittenden Counties hold weekly meetings for ex-inmates and family members to find spiritual, moral, and practical help in dealing with incarceration, supervised release and personal struggles. Facilitators also help mentor, provide transportation and accountability, throughout the week as time allows. Safe Sanctuary Ministries provide training workshops, seminars, and crisis intervention for people, ministries, and churches dealing with released inmates. The Annual Prison/Aftercare Ministry in VT Conference brings Prison and Aftercare ministries, DOC Volunteers, inmates, VT DOC Staff, and others together for a time of fellowship, encouragement and training.
CAP Affiliates are:
Central VT Ministries serving North East State Correctional Facility and the communities of Barre & Montpelier.
First Avenue Ministries serving Southern State Correctional Facility, South East State Correctional Facility and the communities of Springfield and Chester.
New Creations Rutland serving Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility and the community of Rutland.
Isaiah 61 Ministries serving Jails and prisons in NH and MA. The leaders manage their own ministries, raise their own funding and come under CAP’s non-profit status and financial management system.
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