Jonathan has been a longstanding friend and supporter of PF and brings a wealth of relevant experience to us. He is an ex-MP, ex-Cabinet Minister and ex-prisoner, and now an ordained deacon in the Church of England.
In recent years, he has become a well-known campaigner for prison reform and offender rehabilitation. He is also the author of 17 books including award-winning biographies of President Richard Nixon, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Charles W Colson and John Newton.
In 2007 he was appointed chair of the Centre for Social Justice study group on prison reform which produced the acclaimed report, Locked Up Potential: a Strategy Report on Prison Reform and Rehabilitating Offenders. In 2014 he was the author of a new Centre for Social Justice report, Meaningful Mentoring.
Bishop James Langstaff
Bishop James has been Bishop of Rochester since November 2010. Since the end of 2013 he has also been the Bishop to Prisons, a role which involves engaging on behalf of the national church with a range of issues concerning criminal justice and penal affairs. Bishop James is one of the 26 bishops with seats in the House of Lords; in this context criminal justice matters and issues around housing and homelessness are among his particular areas of interest.
Bishop James is married to Bridget and they have two children. Bishop James is a keen choral singer and enjoys attending the theatre, walking, reading, travelling and entertaining.
He says of PF, “I have been aware of PF’s work for many years and have been privileged to attend and speak at the biennial conference. I have also seen the work done by PF members in a good number of prisons, and am aware of PF’s praying presence around our prisons. Becoming a Patron of PF will give me the opportunity further to encourage that good work, and hopefully to help PF raise its profile yet further with the churches and with the wider criminal justice world.”