Our Heroes of Faith - Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson’s life was full of promise—by age 38 he had a successful career in law after graduating from Brown, rose to the rank of captain in the Marines, and was appointed special counsel to President Nixon. Only a few years later, though, he was testifying before Congress for his role as the so-called “evil genius” of the Nixon administration and his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

His public notoriety and crushed aspirations left "his world collapsing." During this time, Colson’s friend Tom Phillips confronted him over his involvement in the Watergate scandal and told him about how Jesus had died for his sins. The night of their conversation, Colson surrendered his life to Christ. Although he still went to prison less than a year later, he did so with the hope of the gospel.

After he left prison, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries to bring Bible studies to prison inmates just like him. He also went on to start the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and BreakPoint.

Here’s where our story intersects with his: Daniel Kim, Jeanie Oh, Joe Song, Jonathan Lee, and Manny Kim were part of Colson’s Centurions Program (now known as the Colson Fellows) where they received worldview and apologetics training that they used to strengthen our congregation.

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Later when Colson visited the Berkeley campus, he spoke to our college ministry staff and encouraged us to pursue Interhigh ministry, which was still just an idea at that point.

Seeing that apologetics training was being passed down to our college & youth students, he said, “They have a passion and a heart for reaching out to young people, and they understand the crucial need for worldview and apologetics training. I’m excited that they are making this kind of investment in today’s youth.”

This past week was the 7 year anniversary of Colson’s passing, and we’re so thankful for his legacy and the influence he’s had on our church.

Interested in learning more? Check out his books, Loving God, The Good Life or Born Again.