UM Pastor Appointed to Governor’s Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force
By Matthew Johnson, Connectional Ministries and Communications Assistant
Rev. Eddie Spencer, senior pastor at Alta Woods United Methodist Church and Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, has been appointed to the Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force by Governor Tate Reeves. The nonpartisan group is charged with developing policies to improve public safety, ensure clarity in sentencing, control corrections costs and assist former prisoners after their release to reduce recidivism.
“I’m honored to use my experience to help open doors for other Eddie Spencers,” Spencer said.
Spencer’s past with the Department of Corrections is well known. As described in his book Inmate 46857, Spencer had a troubled upbringing and spent time in jail. A life-changing encounter with Jesus, while incarcerated in 1982, transformed Spencer from a troubled young man to a born-again believer. After being released in 1988, Spencer left prison never to return.
“I’ve been out of jail 34 years and never been back. I want people to see that transformation is not just a myth but a reality.”
Rev. Spencer is embracing his new mission and will use it as an opportunity to shape policies that show people can change and walk a new path in life- just like he has.
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