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LEADERSHIP

  • Lisa Blystra

    President/CEO

  • JR DeGroot

    Vice President of Operations & Finance

  • Wendy Hammond

    Executive Director to the President & CEO

Lisa Blystra

President/CEO

Lisa Blystra has been the leader of Crossroads Prison Ministries since 2015.

Previously, Blystra was a vice president at Prison Fellowship, 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, a reentry program that connects men and women returning home to Christian mentors in their communities. 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 on 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.”

JR DeGroot

Vice President of Operations & Finance

With a BA in business and accounting from Calvin College and 30 years of business experience, JR lives for financials, budgets, forecasts—anything that can live in a spreadsheet. Before coming to Crossroads in 2015, he worked for 23 years in the private corrections industry, managing finances and operations of multiple facilities across the country. He has been married to his wife, Laura, for 30 years and has twin daughters who are both Calvin grads. He’s a native of Chicago but grew up in Colorado, where he developed a passion for the Rockies, Broncos and University of Colorado Buffaloes.

Wendy Hammond

Executive Director to the President & CEO

Wendy joined Crossroads in October 2021. She brings twenty-five years of professional experience to the Crossroads team, including strategic planning, fundraising, church mobilization, board development and communications. Most recently, she served as director of church and community engagement at World Renew, leading a team of church fundraisers and developing programs in the areas of congregational justice mobilizing, global volunteers, church partnerships and diaconal/community development training.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Sara Marlin

    Board Chair | Founder of BLOOM Marketing Agency | Leesburg, VA

  • Garland Hunt

    Vice Chair | Pastor, The Father’s House | Atlanta, GA

  • Dan Rinzema

    Treasurer | President/CEO of Datacomp/MHVillage (Retired) | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Paul Cowley, MBE

    Reverend, Holy Trinity Brompton; Pioneer, Alpha for Prisons | London, England

  • Craig Klamer

    Business Consultant, former VP of Merchandising at Family Christian Stores | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Tom Nobel

    Founder & CEO, Baruch Senior Ministries | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    CEO, Community Mental Health, St. Joseph County, MI (Retired) | Sturgis, MI

  • Myrna Pérez

    Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice | New York, NY

  • Joan Sharda, MD

    Retired Physician | Ada, MI

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