Lisa Blystra, President/CEO
Lisa Blystra has been the leader of Crossroads Prison Ministries since 2015.
Blystra previously served as a vice president at Prison Fellowship Ministries, serving as the director of church engagement and reentry. During her tenure at Prison Fellowship, she was instrumental in expanding the network of churches involved in prison ministry across the nation.
Prior to that, she served as pastor of global and community partnerships at Ridge Point Community Church in Holland where she expanded 70×7 Life Recovery Ministries, a prisoner reentry program that connects Christian mentors to men and women who are coming home to West Michigan. This faith-based model has received state recognition for significantly reducing recidivism.
Blystra has a passion for the local church and believes it has the potential to make a huge impact in the lives of people in prison.
“My past experiences have opened my eyes to the amazing, untapped, restorative capacity of the local church to bring hope and healing to the broken things of this world,” she said. “Faith-based nonprofits play a unique role in unleashing the power of the church.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lead Pastor of Christ Memorial Reformed Church
President/CEO of The Zondervan Corporation (Retired)
President/CEO of Datacomp/MHVillage
Grand Rapids, MI
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Retired)
Engagement Manager—Africa Region at Partners Worldwide
Founder of BLOOM marketing agency, former VP of Marketing and Communications at Prison Fellowship
Business Consultant, former VP of merchandising at Family Christian Stores
Grand Rapids, MI
Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice
New York, NY
Former prison warden in Michigan