The 30-year owner of a construction company, Mike Palombi has been building foundations—both for houses and for young lives. Since his release from prison, Mike has used his trade skills and experience of overcoming the entanglements of addiction and incarceration to teach at-risk youth the importance of building foundations for life. Mike is the CEO of Prisoner of Hope Ministries, whose purpose is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Mike will be the guest speaker at Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, July 26 at 6:45 a.m. in Seabrook Hall. Join us as Mike shares from his award-winning memoir, How’s It Feel, Tough Guy?: From Prisoner of Pride to Prisoner of Hope. His compelling story of overcoming trauma to experience healing received first place recognition in The Christian Writers Awards in the category of Counseling/Recovery. Together with his wife, Heidi, they use the book as a vehicle to bring the hope of the Gospel message to those most others deem hopeless. To date, they have donated several thousand copies of his life-changing memoir to inmates and those in recovery across America.
Christ Church member Kyle Rote Jr. encourages men to bring a friend with them to hear Mike’s story. “Mike’s journey from being a ‘prisoner of pride’ (a tough guy) to a ‘prisoner of hope’ is a remarkable story,” Kyle said. “The transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ made Mike into a ‘new creation’ who now shares the Gospel.”
Mike recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to present his Proposal for Inmate Development & Reform to the Congressional Judiciary Committee. His vision focuses on an approach to prisoner reform that targets unaddressed trauma and helps individuals become loving and productive citizens. After his appearance at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on July 26, Mike will meet with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s staff regarding prison reform in the Memphis region.
Mike is a keynote speaker for men’s groups, churches, recovery events, drug treatment facilities and prisons. For 20 years, Mike has also participated in the Juvenile Awareness Program (formerly known as Scared Straight) at East Jersey State Prison and served as a member of the program’s advisory board.
Watch a recent interview with Mike: