Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-06-13

Chuck Colson, founder of the Prison Fellowship and former aide to President Richard Nixon, will speak at Samford University Sunday, July 17, in a 7 p.m. event that is free and open to the public.

            “An Evening with Chuck Colson” will present a commentary on today’s culture from a Christian world view.  The program will be in Wright Center Concert Hall.  

            Colson founded the Prison Fellowship in 1976 after serving a prison sentence for obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal of the 1970s.  The fellowship is the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families, with ministry in 117 countries.

            Colson, an attorney, served as special counsel to Nixon during 1969-73.  He became a Christian in 1973, the same year he served seven months in Maxwell Federal Prison in Montgomery, Ala.  In 1991 he launched BreakPoint, a nationwide radio commentary that provides a Christian perspective on today’s news and trends.

            A frequent speaker and prolific author on Christian subjects, Colson has received 15 honorary doctorates and the 1993 Templeton Prize, the world’s largest prize in the field of religion worth more than a million dollars.  Colson donated the prize money to further the work of the Prison Fellowship, as he does all his speaking fees and royalties.