Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

The Prison Ministry provides biblical instruction to prison inmates through a partnership with Crossroads Bible Institute. Individuals correspond with inmates who complete Bible courses and send in the mail for feedback. Learn more about CBI at

Become an Instructor

If you are interested in becoming a Crossroad Instructor, complete the volunteer form. You will receive a formal application, which you will complete, along with a recommendation from the Parkside pastoral staff.  You'll receive detailed instructional materials to familiarize yourself with the Crossroad program, its goals, and procedures. As an instructor, you always remain anonymous.

The Process

Many instructors at Parkside Church have found this is a rewarding way to be involved in sharing the Gospel with seekers and discipling young believers, in a non-threatening and effective way. Once your application has been approved, you'll be able to enter the rotation to review inmates' lessons:

1) Pick up one or more lessons each Sunday.
2) Grade and correct these using the answer sheets you will receive from Crossroad.
3) Write a one-page letter of encouragement to the student.
4) Mail the corrected lesson and letter directly to the student.
4) Report the student's score to Crossroad by e-mail, phone, or mail.

Recent Blog Posts More

  • Crossroad Connection

    Each month, Crossroad Connection, the broadcast ministry of Crossroad Bible Institute, offers inspiring messages, interviews, letters from prison and news about restorative justice. New episodes are available online every week at

    Recent episodes include:

    Befriending a Man on Death Row

    Special Guests: Burt and Anita Folsom

    From Mafia to Ministry

    Special Guests: Frank and Judy Palermo

    Who Deserves a Second Chance?

    Special Guest: Ronald Simpson-Bey

  • Crossroad Connection March 2015

    Greetings from Crossroad Bible Insititute!

    Thank you for your continued support of CBI's ministry. Each month, Crossroad Connection, the broadcast ministry of CBI, offers inspiring messages, interviews, letters from prison and news about restorative justice. Episodes are available weekly at and on six West Michigan cable stations.

    Week of April 5: Making Disciples of All Nations

    Week of April 12: A Politician's Perspective on Prison Reform

    Week of April 19: Helping Kids Find Christ in Chaos

    Week of April 26: Are All Americans Treated Equally in Court?

    Read descriptions of these programs here.

  • Nov

    CBI Commemorates 30 Years of Ministry

    Join Crossroad Bible Institute as they commemorate 30 years of ministry!

    November 18

    7:00 pm - 30th Anniversary Celebration



Jacque Platek