Pete and Jo Fiske

ST albans messenger front pagePastor Pete is the founder and President of “The Church At Prison, Inc.” (CAP). Pastor Pete and his wife Agnes established The Church At NorthWest (CANW) in the prison in St. Albans, VT in 1992 which gave birth to The Church At Prison in 1997. After being widowed for two years, Pastor Pete married Joanne “Jo” in Dec of 2006 who began working full time in all aspects of the ministry and on June 26, 2011 she received her license as a Pastor from MMFI. The population at NWSCF in St. Albans changed back to only men once again in August of 2011 after housing women only since January 2009. With the help of volunteers, Rev Brian Christie and Ellen Skapski, CANW provides a church service, Bible studies, pastoral counseling and a children’s Bible program for inmate’s kids. Pastor Jo facilitates Patmos Christian Academy (college level courses) inside NWSCF & CRCF and she and Ellen Skapski also provide Pastor counseling for the women at CRCF on Saturdays. Pastor Pete has worked closely with the VTPSA program and its clients for 20 years and in conjunction with DOC has sponsored training seminars and worked with Churches and individuals in crisis throughout New England. CAP also provides after care mentoring, NCCF support groups for released inmates and their families, and sponsors the Annual Prison Ministry Conference. CAP is privileged to include several affiliate ministries under its tax exempt umbrella: John and Betty Nunnikhoven (First Avenue Ministries) from Chester, Pastor Bob Lillis from Newport, Pastor Herb Hatch (Mid Vermont Ministry) and New Creations Christian Fellowship – Franklin County. In April, 2012, Pastor Pete and Jo along with Pastor Bob Lillis, Pastor Paul Essaff, Pastor Bob Cargill and Annie Crease founded The VT Alliance of Prison and Aftercare Ministries which is dedicated to bringing the LPCP Faith Based Living Unit Program to NSCF in Newport VT. Between them they have five sons, eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren in VT, MA, TN and CA, and love to kayak, hike and ski.