Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship who passed away last month, was honored in a memorial service this week at the Washington National Cathedral. A testament to the broad and lasting legacy of his life’s work, over a thousand individuals gathered to remember Colson including political figures, Christian leaders, and beneficiaries of his ministry to inmates.
Colson’s daughter, Emily, reflected on Christ’s work in her father’s life and exhorted those at the service, “Today is a celebration of my father’s life but today is also about us…. I encourage you to continue the work God has begun through my father’s life. Do the right thing, seek the truth, defend the weak, live courageous lives.”
Colson, also founder of NRB member ministries BreakPoint and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, received the prestigious NRB Hall of Fame Award in 2010 for his devotion to ministering to the incarcerated in the name of Christ and shining the light of Truth into today’s culture. NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, who attended this week’s memorial service, said of Chuck Colson: "Chuck was like the lamplighter of days gone by. Even when you could not see him working, you could see where he had been by the glow of the many lives he touched."
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations