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LEADERSHIP

  • Joe Pryor

    Joe Pryor

    President/CEO

  • JR DeGroot

    Vice President of Major Initiatives

  • Wendy Hammond

    Vice President of Ministry Partnerships

Joe Pryor

President/CEO

Joe Pryor became the president and CEO of Crossroads Prison Ministries in February 2022.

Joe has dedicated much of his professional career to prison ministry. He joins Crossroads with thirty years of experience in corrections, including time spent as the chief chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, senior director of reentry services, warden and assistant warden. Before taking his first chaplain position, Joe earned his master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Marshall University. Along with his chaplaincy career, Joe has served as the senior pastor of three churches.

Joe and his wife, Vickie, love spending time with their three grown children and six grandchildren.

“I love the purity of the Crossroads mission,” Joe said. “Bringing the Gospel to incarcerated men and women around the world and matching them with Christian mentors is truly life-changing. I am humbled and honored to serve alongside the dedicated staff, mentors, board and volunteers of Crossroads Prison Ministries.”

JR DeGroot

Vice President of Major Initiatives

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

Vice President of Ministry Partnerships

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

  • Dan Rinzema

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

  • Garland Hunt

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

  • Tom Nobel

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

  • Craig Klamer

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

  • Paul Cowley, MBE

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

  • Myrna Pérez

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

  • Joan Sharda, MD

    Retired Physician | Ada, MI

  • Sara Marlin

    Founder of BLOOM Marketing Agency | Leesburg, VA

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

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

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