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John Lamsma

Rev. John Lamsma spent 25 years as a chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), from 1978 to 2003. He worked as a chaplain at the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan, MI. In the late eighties, the BOP expanded rapidly. Chaplain Lamsma opened up several new institutions--at Sheridan, OR in 1989 and Florence, CO in 1992. During those years, the ministry also became more complex; many more religions practiced in the institutions than before. In Florence, he worked with nineteen different faith groups. He also trained and worked closely with more than 1500 volunteers during his career. In 1999 he became the Assistant Chaplaincy Administrator in Washington, DC until his retirement in 2003. In 2008, he accepted the part-time position as the Restorative Justice Project Manager for the Christian Reformed Church in the US. He and his wife Debbie live in Sparta, GA on Lake Sinclair. John Lamsma is the Restorative Justice Project Manager for the Office of Social Justice. For more information on the CRC's work in Restorative Justice, visit the Office of Social Justice.