IPM began as a result of the vision of Charles Colson and Kenneth Wessner. In 1984, through the generosity of Kenneth and Norma Wessner and a longtime business partner, the Institute for Prison Ministries was established. The Charles W. Colson Scholarship was added in 1986.
IPM provides training, programs, and resources for offenders and their families, correctional officers, and victims.
The following have served as IPM directors:
Mr. Don Smarto 1984-1996
Dr. Richard Bundy 1999-2000
Mr. Dave Haidle (interim) 2000-2002
Mr. Angulus Wilson 2002-2004
Mr. Dave Haidle (interim) 2004-2005
Dr. Karen Swanson 2005 - Present