Christians Nationwide Pray for Release of Death Row Inmate
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Mar 11
Christians across the country have united in prayer for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate and graduate of Crossroad prison ministry. Charisma News reports that Gissendaner has had her execution postponed twice; faith leaders and Christians are now campaigning to release her from death row permanently.
Gissendaner was convicted of persuading her boyfriend to killer her husband in 1998. While her boyfriend accepted a plea deal and is serving a life sentence, Gissendaner was advised by her counsel not to accept a plea bargain. She was then issued a death sentence.
According to Charisma, Gissendaner attended Crossroad from 2007 to 2010 and became a changed woman, both spiritually and personally. She is known as “Mama Kelly” to many inmates, as she has become a mother figure who encourages good behavior in others.
Gissendaner said, "I have learned firsthand that no one, not even me, is beyond redemption through God's grace and mercy."
Crossroad president Dr. David Schuringa has issued an urgent plea for Christians to pray for Gissendaner’s redemption and safety.
"Please join Crossroad in praying for Kelly, who is a living testament to the transforming power of God's grace. May the Lord work a miracle and find a way to save Kelly's life. And may He bring her, her family and the family of her husband peace,” Schuringa said.
Publication date: March 11, 2015