Chesapeake, Virginia , United States
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Jul 21, 2016 07:34pm
|Info||Mark Earley, former State Senator (1987-1997) and Attorney General of Virginia (1998-2001), became president of Prison Fellowship on February 1, 2002. |
As President and CEO of Prison Fellowship USA, Earley oversees the national ministry founded by Charles Colson in 1976, which has since spread to 108 countries in addition to the United States. Prison Fellowship’s core commitments are Fellowshipping with Jesus, Visiting Prisoners, and Welcoming Their Children. In line with these commitments, PF works with thousands of churches and volunteers across the U.S. to disciple prisoners and prepare them to re-enter the community; to minister year-round to prisoners’ children through Christmas, camping, and mentoring programs; and to help redeem the culture by embracing, defending, and applying a clear biblical worldview.
Additionally, Earley serves as Chairman of Operation Starting Line, a multi-ministry, interdenominational outreach to prisoners in America that is helping the local and in-prison church provide in-prison evangelistic events, ongoing inmate mentoring, and post-prison assistance for ex-prisoners and their families.
Earley, an attorney, practiced law for fifteen years with the firm of Tavss, Fletcher, Earley, and King in Norfolk, Virginia. He served in the Virginia State Senate for ten years from 1987 to 1997 and then served as the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1997-2001. In 2001 he was the Republican candidate for Governor in Virginia.
From 1977-1982 Earley served on the staff of the Navigators, an international evangelical ministry active on college campuses, military bases, and other settings. He served in campus ministry at the University of the Philippines in Manila and in the U.S. at the West Chester University in Pennsylvania and at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Earley is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he received a B.A. in Religion. He earned a juris doctor degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He resides in Lansdowne, Virginia, with his wife, the former Cynthia Breithaupt, and their six children (Rachel, Justin, Mark Jr., Mary Catherine, Franklin, and Anne Harris).