Contact Info & Appointments
Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc.
The World’s First Ministry Serving The White Collar Justice Community. 501(c)(3)
Progressive Prison Project
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Center for Ethical Training & Transformation – U.S. (CETTUS)
Walsh Public Relations
office: 203-292-6280 cell: 203-216-6101
Jeff is a sought-after speaker, moderator, panelist and guest preacher whose topics include: “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Prison”, “Finding Purpose and Happiness after Personal Tragedy”, Criminal Justice Reform, Successful Alcohol and Substance Recovery (Jeff is clean & sober 18+ years), Successfully Navigating Life with Mental Health Issues, and Jeff’s own Riches-to-Rags-to-Redemption story.
Highlighted speaking venues include Main Stage Presenter at The Nantucket Project (Nantucket, MA), the Greenwich Leadership Forum (Greenwich, CT), the Corrections Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) Correctional Ministry Summit (Wheaton College, IL & Philadelphia, PA), Salons at Stowe – Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT), Community Health Network of Connecticut Social Determinants of Health Summit (Wallingford, CT), The Neighborhood Project (Greenwich, CT), U.S. Small Business Administration Conference (Fairfield, CT), Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (NY, NY), Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT) and many universities, colleges and religious institutions throughout the country. Jeff will be speaking at the Michigan State University White Collar Conference in May 2021.
Jeff is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association. For information or to book Jeff to speak, guest preach, for a panel or other presentation, please see our Contact Us page here.
Jeff’s full speaker’s listing can be found here.
For Jeff’s full bio, click here.
“We had the pleasure of hosting a panel presentation featuring Rev. Jeff Grant and Jacquie Polverari entitled “Finding Hope and Purpose after Incarceration” at Western Connecticut State University on October 30, 2019. We had a mix of students, professors, criminal justice professionals, people in recovery and those who have been personally affected by incarceration. We found Jeff and Jacquie to be open and honest as they shared their experiences leading up to incarceration and their struggles upon release. A period of questions and answers followed. A focus of discussion was the “collateral consequences” that an offender’s incarceration has on one’s family. Another topic of focus was the difficulty for felons finding employment. We are very pleased with the experience of having had Jeff and Jacquie share their insights so openly and humbly with us at Western and we look forward to future endeavors with them.” – Marilyn C. Kain, M.S., LADC, LPC, Adjunct Professor, Div. of Justice and Law Administration, Western CT State University
“It was a privilege and a joy to make arrangements to have Jeff Grant come and visit as our special guest preacher and speaker as the capstone to our church’s Opioids and Addiction month of learning and reflection . His journey and his experience speak as powerfully as his words and his presence. It was fantastic that he could come to the church and make the case for his (former) vocation and volunteerism (inner city), as well as his Progressive Prison Ministries nonprofit (white-collar). Both his ministries are crucial, even as they serve dramatically different groups of people living in dramatically different contexts. In the era of #MeToo, I’m still remembering his words: ‘we have to teach men how to behave better’. His sermon also gave hope to so many in our congregation who are struggling with mental health or addiction issues, whether personally, in their families or among their friends and colleagues. His life makes the case for criminal justice reform. Personally, it was also a joy to have an excuse to get together with my Union Theological Seminary Classmate in person! I remain grateful for Jeff’s journey, commitment, and ministry.” – Rev. John Shellito, Associate Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia
“On November 14, 2019, Jeffrey Grant and Jacqueline Purcell-Polverari were kind enough to speak with 2 of my criminal justice classes at Albertus Magnus College. They spoke at length about their experiences with the criminal justice system, as well as outlining approaches they believe would make the system more effective. Their personal stories were well received by the students and they were open to any and all questions they may have had. It was truly a pleasure to work with Jeff and Jacqueline and I look forward to collaborating more in the future” – Dr. John Lawrie, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Program Director, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut
For additional testimonials, click here.
To Schedule an Initial Appointment, Call or Video Chat:
If you, a friend or a family member are suffering from a criminal justice issue, are otherwise economy exiled, or are experiencing another traumatic/life-altering event, please feel free to contact us to schedule an initial call or appointment – in person, phone call, or video chat via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, etc. The darkest days of a person’s life can be a time of renewal and hope.
Rev. Jeff Grant, J.D., M.Div., Co-Founder
P.O. Box 1
Woodbury, Connecticut 06798
For Promptest Response:
Lynn Springer, Co-Founding Advocate
Innocent Spouses, Families & Children
Chloe Coppola, Advocate/Assistant
Rev. Fr. Joseph Ciccone, Ed.D., M.Div.
Supervising Minister, Religion, Spirituality
Jacqueline Polverari, M.B.A., M.S.W.
Women’s Incarceration Issues
Joshua Cagney, M.A.
Programs, Peer Mentoring, Men’s Incarceration Issues
Rev. Steve Bonenberger, M.Div.
Spirituality, Religion, Writing
Iyabo Onipede, J.D., M.Div.
Spirituality, Life Coaching
Babz Rawls Ivy, M.P.A., C.S.D.
Lynwood Patrick, M.B.A.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Basia Skudrzyk, M.B.A.
Marketing & Development
Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc. was founded in 2012, incorporated in 2014 and granted 510(c)(3) status in 2015. We are an outreach ministry of St. Joseph Mission Church, 450 Wilfred Terrace, Cliffside Park, NJ, 07010, Rev. Father Joseph Ciccone, Ed. D, M Div, presiding, (201) 754-4GOD, firstname.lastname@example.org, saintjosephmissionchurch.com. St. Joseph Mission Church is a parish of the Progressive Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. A. Edmund N. Cass, D Min, CFS, OCR, Presiding Bishop, Little Portion Friary, 106 Courtney Circle, Greenville, SC, 29617, mypcc.org.