Alpha for Prisons

A way to introduce inmates to Jesus by creating a safe space for them to have conversations about life, faith, and purpose.

Alpha for Prisons in Canada has been working to make the Gospel accessible to men, women, and teenagers incarcerated within Canada’s 141 correctional institutions.

Prisons are some of the darkest and loneliest places, and through Alpha, chaplains and church volunteers are able to speak life and bring hope to those on the inside.

Alpha is for inmates who volunteer for the program, taught by trained volunteers, and is a low key and non-threatening approach to a values driven lifestyle.

What does an Alpha Session look like?


At each 2-2.5 hour session, there is a time of connection over refreshments and/or drinks, where possible.


The time of connection is followed by a talk on a subject central to the Christian faith. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”


After the talk, participants divide into pre-arranged small groups, in which they remain for the duration of the Alpha course. The groups provide participants with opportunity to discuss the talk in an environment where each person is free to ask or say whatever they wish.

Prison can be a place of transformation, and Alpha for Prisons has proved again and again a means by which many prisoners have found transformation – new purpose, direction, and faith. It is truly remarkable work.

Rev Graham Tomlin,
Bishop of Kensington, UK

How do I get started?

Get in touch with us at to connect with our team.

You can also sign up for an account on MyAlpha to preview some of the resources.

Book a 1:1 Session with Sean!

Sean Wilkinson lives in Fredericton, NB with his wife and two daughters. He came to Alpha Canada with a teaching and business background. He is passionate about Alpha and strongly believes that listening, prayer, humility, and a servant’s heart are crucial to seeing lives changed and people coming to know Jesus in a real and personal way.

Outside of work, Sean can be found with his family. He loves sports and played Jr. baseball in Waterloo, ON, Sr. baseball in Halifax, NS, and University baseball for the University of New Brunswick. He also played basketball for the University of Brighton (UK) and is an avid golfer. Sean’s dream is to one day play the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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