Chuck Colson’s life as a political enforcer for Richard Nixon was the stuff of movies. Dubbed “Nixon’s Hatchet Man” by the Wall Street Journal, he was the first aide to be convicted in the Watergate Scandal. Colson, however, would have a “Born Again” experience, receiving Christ after a conversation in the office of Raytheon CEO Tom Phillips.
This conversion catapulted Colson from the world of politics into the heady world of Evangelical leadership. Though convicted and sentenced to one-to-three years in prison, he’d served only 7 months when Doug Coe, leader of the Family, wrote to secure Colson’s early release, according to Jeff Sharlet in his book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of America’s Power.