Since 1982, Ron Nikkel has been the President of Prison Fellowship International, a global association of national Prison Fellowship organizations founded by Chuck Colson. Their mission is to mobilize and assist the Christian community in its ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families. Ron has traveled extensively and visited more than 1,000 prisons in 120 countries. There he has witnessed the transformation that can take place in people’s lives when they finally face up to reality, and he has seen the transforming power of a compassionate, loving Heavenly Father.
Prior to joining PFI, Ron held national leadership positions with the juvenile offender programme of Youth for Christ in Canada (1973-78) and the United States (1978-1982). Ron was born in Alberta, Canada. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English (BA) and a graduate degree in theology (MPS); he has studied at the University of Winnipeg (English & Psychology), University of Lethbridge (Psychology), York University (Social Work), Wycliffe College (theology), and Loyola University (theology).
In addition to his work with PFI, Ron has served as chairperson of the United Nations Alliance of Non Governmental Organizations in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (1988-1996) and Vice President of the International Association of Volunteers in Criminal Justice (1983-1986). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates International, The Jericho Road Foundation, and Love in Action. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Center for Religion and Democracy and is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Ron is the author of Your Journey with Jesus (2006) and Radical Love in a Broken World (2011) both published by Christian Focus.
Ron and his wife Celeste reside in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.