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 them in the mail for feedback. Learn more about Crossroads at

Become a Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a Crossroads Mentor, visit the following link and select if you would like to fill out their physical or online mentor application: If approved as a Crossroads Mentor, You will receive detailed Mentor Training Handbook to familiarize yourself with the Crossroads program, its goals, and procedures. As a mentor, you always remain anonymous.

The Process

Many mentors 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) Receive a lesson in the mail from Crossroads.
2) Review the lesson using the answer keys you will receive from Crossroads.
3) Write a one-page letter of encouragement to the student.
4) Mail the reviewed lesson and letter directly to the student.
5) Report the student's score to Crossroads online or by phone. 

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  • Jul

    Crossroads Prison Ministries Table

    Stop by the table outside the Venue on Sunday morning, July 21, to find out more about our partnership with Crossroads Prison Ministries, talk with ministry volunteers, and learn how you can get involved.

  • Critical Need: Seeking Spanish-Speaking Mentors to Support Students

    We are writing to share an urgent need within our organization and to seek your support in addressing it.


    In 2022, a significant challenge emerged in our Spanish program. Due to a lack of Spanish-speaking mentors, we encountered a backlog that resulted in over 900 student lessons sitting in our office for several weeks. This backlog led to Spanish-speaking students experiencing a delay of over two months before their completed lessons could be reviewed by mentors. The impact of this was profound and disheartening.


    The situation escalated to the point where, regrettably, we had to suspend new enrollments from March to September of that year. This decision meant turning away over 840 Spanish-speaking incarcerated individuals eager to engage in studying God’s Word through our program.


    Today, we are facing a resurgence in Spanish student enrollments. To effectively manage this, we urgently need to recruit new Spanish-speaking mentors. We are reaching out to you, our valued partners, to assist us in this mission. Your influence and networks could be instrumental in helping us find dedicated individuals who are passionate about mentoring and making a meaningful difference in the lives of our students.


    We would be incredibly grateful if you could share this need within your networks. Together, we can ensure that no student is turned away and that everyone expressing a desire to learn more about God receives the guidance and support they need.


    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

    You can refer anyone interested to our Spanish website:



    Jen Pichardo Mentor Support Team

    Crossroads Prison Ministries

    p: 800.668.2450, ext. 2225 

  • Apr

    Crossroads Prison Ministries Table

    Stop by the table outside the Venue on Sunday morning, April 21, to find out more about our partnership with Crossroads Prison Ministries and learn how you can get involved.


Jacque Platek