Prison Fellowship, a group founded by former Nixon aide Charles Colson is seeking permission to establish a national administrative headquarters and a teaching center at an Arlington church.
The group, which holds seminars to direct soon-to-be-released prisoners toward a Christian life, has applied to the Arlington Cointy Board for a special permit to use the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 5900 Wilson Blvd., for its programs, according to Gordon Loux, Prison Fellowship executive vice president.
Loux said the fellowship, which now has offices in a Mclean office building, has a $1 million contract to purchase the church and two houses on church property.
Anticipating community concern over the presence of prison inmates in area, Loux said the fellowship will continue to house the inmates at Holy Name College in the District of Columbia during the seminars. "In no way is it (the church) going to be a halfway house," he said.
Loux also denied a report that described Prison Fellowship as an arm of Fellowship Foundation Inc., which operates a religious retreat in the expensive Parkway neighborhood of Arlington.
The Fellowship Foundation "is good friends with us and Chuck (Colson)," Loux said. "But we're a totally separate group. There's no monetary tie," he added.