BtCC – Breaking the Chains Church

The Greater Milwaukee Synod worked with Prison Congregations of America to develop a Lutheran congregation inside he Felmers Chaney Correctional Center, a facility of the Wisconsin DOC. Breaking the Chains Church (BtCC) began in 2012 with weekly Bible Study. A weekly Eucharist worship began inside the facility in 2016.

Reverend Mark Thompson ( was installed as the pastor of BtCC in the fall of 2016. Pastor Mark works to cultivate relationships with GMS churches and social agencies. This prison congregation provides a place of worship and contemplation to give men, all of whom have spent time in several facilities in the DOC system, an opportunity to enhance their spiritual foundation and to further prepare them for the very difficult challenge of reentry.

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