Scott Stanford spent over 20 years in human resources as a member of executive level teams
in the hospitality and healthcare industries. From this experience, he started a business/HR
consulting company, Stanford Business Strategies in January 2017. Scott also received his
REALTOR license; he serves as an agent with Keller Williams’ key consultants’ team. He
received his BBA in Marketing and Management from University of Mississippi and his MBA
from Mississippi College. He and his wife, Stacey, have been married for 21 years and have two
children, Caroline and Paxson. They are all active members of Highland Colony Baptist Church
Now in our 10th year, Crossroads Ministries is a 501C3 non-profit organization for women coming from prison. They struggle with addiction and more, needing education, life skills and a safe place as they regain their self-worth.
Women represent the fastest growing segment of the criminal justice system (PEW Center, 2008) increasing 757% between 1977 and 2004, a rate nearly 2 times the percent increase in the male offender population (Frost, Green, & Pranis, 2006). The number of women involved in the US criminal justice system doubled during the 1990s (Beck, 2000). An estimated 68 in every 100,000 U.S. women are serving time in a state or federal prison (Sabol, West, & Cooper, 2009).
While each case is unique, the common denominator among all of our women is that they are in need of HELP. Our ultimate goal is to provide a home where HEALING can happen through classes and small group thereby that will educate them in every area that is needed in their lives; along with assisting them to restore family relationships and to become a strong woman of faith. Through all of our programs, the main focus is to show our ladies that they can have HOPE for their future. And to know that they are loved by their community and God.
Our Phase 1 program is a 120 day program in which the ladies receive housing, food, clothing, medical attention, counseling, life skills, and other faith based classes to plan for their futures. All of which is provided absolutely cost free to the resident.
After the resident has successfully completed the program, they are eligible to move to our Phase 2 house which is a more transitional setting geared towards helping them find employment and housing of their own.
We also own a resale store in Canton at 101 N. Union Street where the ladies are required to work at least one day per week. The profits from this store go directly back into the ministry to help support living costs for our residents while at the same time providing job skills and experience in dealing with the public.
Our ultimate goal is to be a place of healing for these women; to help them reconnect to their families and to become strong women of faith.
Catherine Hagwood graduated with a B.A Communications and M.S. Mental Health Consulting from Mississippi College. She is a counselor with Turning Point Counseling, and an avid sponsor/leader of Celebrate Recovery, where she serves as an Encourager Coach (Crossroads Ladies attend Celebrate Recovery weekly), and gets to witness God's miracle of healing hurts. She is married to Mark, they have 4 children and a menagerie of pets. She enjoys working out, reading,watching football, and even hunting and fishing.
Tracey Thompson has a background as a professional dancer. She was last with Ballet
Magnificat! where she taught ballet and Bible. She and her husband Kevin have a restaurant,
The Trace Grill in Ridgeland. They have three sons, one daughter-in- law and two grandchildren.
Tracey has degrees from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Associate of Arts)
Belhaven University (Bachelor of Arts), and Reformed Theological Seminary (Master of Arts).
Tracey is serving at Madison United Methodist church teaching adult Sunday school, women’s
Bible study, and is a member of the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team. She also teaches at
Crossroads. Tracey enjoys working out and has a passion to teach the Word of God.
Kristi Horne has been a REALTOR in the Tri-County area with McIntosh & Assoc. REALTORS
since 2003. She received an Associate’s Degree from Hinds Community College and later
graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Distributive Education
teaching Sales & Marketing. After Graduation, Kristi married Billy Horne from Jackson, and they
have two grown sons, a daughter-n- law & one granddaughter. They actively serve at First
Baptist Church Madison and enjoy travel, outdoors, hanging out with their family and serving at
Crossroads Ministries. Kristi’s favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20.
Crossroad Ministries’ board members have publicly stated their belief in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are responsible for ensuring Crossroads Ministries provides help, healing and hope to women coming from our penal systems facing addictions and more, in a God honoring manner. Crossroads Ministries is also actively seeking others who would be willing to devote their time, talents, and treasures to join our team.
Linda Davis is a Certified Public Accountant whose career has included employment in
Mississippi State government, Comptroller at Belhaven College and adjunct teaching at
Belhaven, as well as the field of public accounting. She graduated with special distinction from
Mississippi State University where she was a cheerleader for 2 years but never saw them win a
football game. She has one son, Tripp Davis who is a CPA as well. Linda lives in Ridgeland
where she served as Alderman for 20 years. Linda is an active member of Keypointe Church
and an avid tennis and duplicate bridge player.
Perry Cliburn is retired executive after a 26 year career in Information Technology where he
most recently served as Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer. He graduated from
Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and Masters in Business
Administration. Perry was also a member of the MSU baseball team (1977-1980). Nancy
(Robertson) and Perry have been married since 1984, and have three grown children, and two
son-in- laws. They are active members in Highland Colony Baptist Church in Ridgeland, and
enjoy travel, music, biking, their family and their dogs.
Jo Anne Watson is the owner/operator of EAP Specialists, a counseling group serving the
Jackson area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and a
Masters of Community Counseling from Mississippi College. As a Licensed Professional
Counselor and certified member of the William Glasser Institute, Jo Anne has dedicated her life
to helping others. Jo Anne and her husband, Forbes have been married since 1984 and have
two sons. They are active members of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Madison. Jo Anne
spends her spare time gardening, painting and riding horses.
We operate a resale store in Canton at 101 N. Union Street. The profits from the store go directly into the ministry to help support living costs for our residents. Crossroads residences work in the store.
Working in our store help by providing job skills training and experience in dealing with the public in
their transition period. Our resale store benefits the ladies, our charity and the community. We accept
all donations and provide a tax donation slip.
Your purchase at Crossroads Vintage Treasures will help change lives.
Gwendolyn Cole-Blunt has been a part of Crossroads Ministries for many years. Married to
Reginald Blunt for 32 years they have 2 beautiful dogs, Pepper 13 years and Ali 1
year. Gwendolyn majored in Business Administration and she has 36 years computer and
business operations experience. She is currently Director of Business Operations for the Blake
at Flowood (Assisted Living and Memory Care Community). Gwendolyn loves the time she
spends at Crossroads Ministries.
Dan Blacksher currently serves as Associate Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Brandon. Dan has a diverse background in business, counseling, pastoring and teaching, and is a graduate of LSU. He is passionate about seeing people not only forgiven of their past, but set free from their past so they can realize their full potential in Christ. He is married to Trisha and the father to three children and one foster child. He also enjoys bowhunting, and cooking.
Mandy Boyanton graduated with a BSN from Mississippi College and MSN from University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. She and Mike have been married for 14 years and they have one 9 year old daughter, Maley Grace.
They are active members of First Baptist Richland. They enjoy spending time with family, serving at CrossRoads, life on the farm, gardening, traveling, and college football.