Jim Liske joined Prison Fellowship as Chief Executive Officer in July 2011; he was named President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries in 2013. He assumed leadership at Prison Fellowship after serving as the senior pastor at Ridge Point Community Church in western Michigan.
During his nine-year tenure at Ridge Point Community Church, Liske was committed to prison ministry. Under his leadership, Ridge Point began a para-church organization that helps newly released prisoners deal with addiction recovery challenges, find employment and transition back into the community. The organization has a valuable partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections—directly engaged with the Michigan Prison Re-entry Initiative—and has helped numerous former inmates with life after prison.
Since joining Prison Fellowship, one of Liske's areas of focus is building the church inside America's prison walls and empowering local churches to reach out to our nation's 2.3 million prisoners.
Liske grew up as the youngest of three siblings on a family farm in Michigan, where he gained a strong work ethic and a firm foundation in the Christian faith. He sensed a call to full-time ministry as a young man and in 1986 earned a master's of divinity from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. Since then, he has led churches and organizations in the United States and Canada. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colo.
Liske is the husband to his wife Cathy, with whom he is raising two children, Allison and Joshua.