• Lisa Blystra


  • JR DeGroot

    Vice President of Operations & Finance

Lisa Blystra


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.


  • 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