I met Joe Williams, President of CMCA, at a recent Correctional Ministries Summit at Wheaton College. I got his story and permission from him to upload his story to YouTube. Its amazing to see how God can work in midst of tragedy and heartache to bring Glory to God! (audio message 38.49 minutes) The title is “Destructive choices give way to a metamorphosis in Christ”
Leading social entrepreneur Joseph Williams is on a mission to eliminate recidivism. His passion for helping formerly incarcerated men and women reach their God-given potential is born from his own personal battles. As Founder and CEO of New Creations Community Outreach (formerly Transition of Prisoners), he has developed and implemented a number of innovative approaches that have helped others to experience total restoration. As a gifted speaker and teacher, he has used his vast experience and knowledge to inspire and teach numerous ministry leaders and criminal justice professionals around the world. Joe also served as founder and President of the Christian Association for Prison Aftercare (CAPA), where he hosted the largest prisoner reentry conference in the nation for ten years.
Joe has authored of Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing: When the Actions of a Christian Turn Criminal, a gripping memoir that recounts his powerful story of redemption and transformation. He received degrees from William Tyndale College and Wayne State University. Joe has worked with and inspired thousands of prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families since 1982. Recognized as a true visionary, he has become one of the most sought after prison reentry authorities in the country and is a frequent speaker and panelist at reentry forums around the nation. Joe has testified before numerous bodies, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Institute of Corrections on the subject of prisoner reentry. He serves on the national advisory board for the Billy Graham Center’s Institute for Prison Ministry.
Please pray for Joe and his family. Joe has been married to his wife, Sharon, since 1985. They have two sons, Anthony and Stephen, two daughters, AnnDrea and Gabrielle, and one granddaughter, A’Layah.