Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

Prison Ministry

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

Become an Instructor

If you are interested in becoming a Crossroads 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 Crossroads 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 Crossroads.
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 Crossroads by e-mail, phone, or mail.

Recent Blog Posts More

  • Prison is a Lonely Place

    Only 12% of prisoners in Michigan get regular visitors. The story is similar across the country.

    When you consider this statistic, you begin to realize how life-giving a simple letter from the outside can be for a prisoner. Letters written by Crossroads mentors are read over and over by their students. The encouraging and guiding words have a deep impact, providing a vivid picture of the unconditional love of Jesus. The words of hope, prayers and scriptures scribbled on paper are written on prisoners' hearts.

    This correspondence would not happen without the support of our dedicated mentors and office volunteers!

    One student said:

    "The letter and booklets couldn't have arrived at a more necessary time, as my faith has been tested and attacked as of late. I have been assailed by doubts, fears and feelings of loneliness and anger so strongly in past weeks that I was starting to lose faith. My faith is now being re-strengthened and my hope rekindled."

  • 'No One is Going to Gift Wrap Their Pain for You'

    "When we get in there [prison], no one is going to gift wrap their pain for you. When we are talking to people who might not know the Lord, we have to realize there are a lot of sins and decisions they made to get there, but there's all kinds of hurts that they didn't choose that drove them that way."

    Watch Yago Williams's Talk at Crossroads Chapel

  • Finding Identity in Christ in Prison

    Chris was about to lose all the progress he'd made. He had been sober for four days, but the temptation to drink was consuming him. Something inside him told him to pray.

    Read Chris's Story


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