LANSDOWNE, Va., June 24, 2011—Today Prison Fellowship’s new CEO, James Liske, announced the addition of Garland Hunt as the organization’s president. Liske begins his term on July 18 and Hunt will join the organization the same day.
Liske is enthusiastic about the addition of Hunt to the executive leadership team of the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.
“Garland Hunt is a gift to Prison Fellowship. He brings experience in areas that are vital to our mission. He has successful experience as a pastor in a local church and as a leader in local and state government,” said Liske. “Garland will bring strategic leadership to our core programs in America’s prisons. I have asked Garland to begin working immediately with Prison Fellowship’s staff and churches to hone a team that will deliver the spiritual and life skills so desperately needed by our nation’s prisoners, former inmates and their families.”
Hunt will play a pivotal role in leading the strategy and execution of Prison Fellowship’s now 35-year-old ministry of equipping inmates with a Christian foundation and vital life skills. Since its inception, Prison Fellowship has served more than one million prisoners. The organization currently partners with some 8,500 churches and 14,000 volunteers.
“We are enormously blessed to have Garland Hunt joining Jim Liske at this ministry,” said Chuck Colson, Prison Fellowship founder and a former aide to President Nixon. “His background in ministry and criminal justice brings a powerful set of skills to Prison Fellowship. With Jim Liske and Garland Hunt in place, the rest of our valuable staff and volunteers are ready to do great things for God.”
Hunt currently serves as executive pastor of The Father’s House and as vice president of Wellington Boone Ministries, an umbrella organization of community-based initiatives. Both organizations are located in Atlanta. He also serves as executive vice president and general counsel for the Fellowship of International Churches in Norcross, Ga. Before moving to Atlanta, Hunt pastored Raleigh International Church from 1993 to 1999. Hunt received his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University in Washington.
Hunt has a deep passion for prison ministry and has been involved in corrections issues for many years. He was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and served from May 2010 to January 2011. Hunt also served as a member of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles from 2004 to 2010; he was board chairman from 2006 to 2008. He is a former vice president of the Association of Paroling Authorities International.
“I am very excited to join the Prison Fellowship team,” said Hunt. “I believe that God has ordered my steps through 26 years of ministry and eight years in the field of corrections to serve this great organization and impact the lives of inmates and their families.”
Hunt has been married to his wife, Eileen, for over 25 years. They have three children.
In summing up the organization’s recent transitions, Mark Wilkerson, a member of Prison Fellowship’s board of directors, said, “We worked closely with our consultants, CarterBaldwin Executive Search Services, to carry out an exhaustive search to find God’s best for the ministry at this critical juncture. Jim’s and Garland’s skills and background reflect Prison Fellowship’s commitment to equip and energize the local church transforming of prisoners and their families. They are joining an extraordinary staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers and supporters. This is an exciting time.”