Pardoned By Christ Mission
To restore lives affected by incarceration. To reach out to people affected by incarceration, who will receive the love and provision that is found in Jesus Christ. To restore
individuals and their families to our communities through in prison, transitional, and community programs.
Pardoned By Christ Vision
Our vision is to establish in prison, transitional, and community based Christian programming for justice-involved individuals throughout North Carolina. This is demonstrated with bible study, church services, and mentoring programs in both adult and youth facilities. Transitional programming is established through our multiple residential housing facilities. Community volunteers and partner agencies provide Spiritual, life skills, employment, and transportation assistance. Our vision is to expand our transitional housing program throughout the triangle area and the state of North Carolina.
Pardoned By Christ Statement of Faith
Pardoned By Christ Ministries is wholly focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the vital importance of sharing that Good News whenever, wherever, and however possible. We believe in the Holy Bible as the one and only authoritative Word of God. It is inspired, inerrant, and infallible. We believe in the Trinity, that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. We believe in Jesus Christ—God the Son—who was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary’s womb. Therefore, we believe Jesus to be the one true Son of God. We believe Jesus lived life on earth 100% man and 100% God. He is the only man to live a sinless life and out of selfless obedience to God the Father, submitted Himself to death on the cross so that the sins of all mankind could be taken unto Him. We believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and on the third day rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. We believe that one day Jesus will return in power and glory, creating a new heaven and a new earth and He will reign over it for all eternity. We believe that by dying on the cross, rising from the dead, and conquering both sin and death, Jesus extends to all people the opportunity to be delivered from sin by His grace and mercy. We believe that through earnest repentance, Jesus restores, redeems and justifies us so that we may share in His kingdom in heaven. We believe that the only way to truly know God is through regeneration—being born again—through the Holy Spirit. We believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ . We believe that this salvation is a gift from God and not the result of any human effort or works. We believe in sanctification, the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. We believe in the power of prayer, obedience to God’s Word, and the power of fellowship in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Founder - Mike Shank
The founder of Pardoned By Christ Ministries is Michael Shank. He and his wife Crystal attend Raleigh First Assembly in Raleigh, N.C. Mike is 62 years old and has had a personal, life-transforming relationship with Jesus for over 30 years. He has experienced the overwhelming grace and mercy Jesus pours out over a broken life. He has a tremendous passion for outreach ministry and longs to minister to the lost and those in need of restoration in their lives. He is unashamed to be transparent, boasting in his weaknesses, that Christ may be glorified and magnified.
His education includes a degree in Biology from East Carolina University. A degree in Physical Therapy and a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida. He has been a licensed physical therapist for 30 years.
Mike has been justice involved, convicted of trafficking cocaine and sentenced to 9 years on his 22nd birthday. He has walked the road of reconciliation and restoration in his personal and professional life. He has been involved in prison ministry for over 28 years. He has spoken and testified in over 20 prisons, detention, and youth development centers. He founded Pardoned By Christ Ministries in 2004 and has served as director since incorporating in 2005. Ministry experience also includes speaking in middle schools and high schools, Point Man/ Ambassador for Promise Keepers, Grateful Life Prison Ministry, Prison Fellowship Ministry, Champions for Life Prison Ministry, Yokefellows, leading church men’s groups and home groups, and short term missions to Sri Lanka, Malawi, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
Mike received an official Pardon of Forgiveness from Governor Jim Hunt of N.C. in March of 2001.
Pardoned by Christ
in July of 1990!
Mike received an official Pardon of Forgiveness from Governor Jim Hunt of N.C. in March of 2001
Founder, Mike Shank