“Equipping churches for prison ministry, Education on criminal justice issues and Advocacy for reform.”
“Ministry to the incarcerated, working toward a more just society.”
“Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Rev. Dr. Mark Hicks, Executive Director, Cross and Key Prison Ministries, Inc.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Hicks was first appointed founding director of Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries by Bishop Charlene Kammerer in June of 1999. A pioneer and architect of the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry Initiative, Hicks first served as chairperson of the DISCIPLE Prison Ministry Task Force in 1998. While serving in this capacity, he drafted a proposal for a new comprehensive ministry of DISCIPLE Bible Study in North Carolina. Once accepted by the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, this proposal provided the pattern for the new ministry. He holds an AB Degree in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Faith-Based and Government Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is a General Editor of the publication: “I was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry” and is the creator and author of the RINGS OF FELLOWSHIP Bible Study curriculum for youth. Hicks is an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and prior to his appointment, he held pastorates in Asheboro, Charlotte and Greensboro North Carolina. Hicks has provided numerous DISCIPLE training events both nationally and abroad. He and his wife, Laura have two daughters and one granddaughter. Dr. Hicks brings more than two decades of prison ministry leadership to Cross and Key Prison Ministries.
Reverend Dr. H. William Green
William is retired after 41 years of pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church. He has been involved with the Ministries since its beginning and has served on the Board of Directors, led several fundraising campaigns, and received the Cross and Key Award in 2002 for meritorious service. He led Disciple Bible Study for 12 years at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh, NC. He received the Community Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003. William and his wife, Polly Jo, live in Cary, NC. William enjoys biblical storytelling and is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Polly Jo enjoys art and is the founder of Heart’s Desire Art Journey. They both enjoy taking long walks together with their rescue dog, Gracie Jo. William and Polly Jo attend Southeast Raleigh Table. Education: Catawba College, BA 1974, Duke Divinity School, M.Div. 1977, Emory University, Doctor of Ministry 1993.
Darlene Phillips, Administrator
Darlene Phillips serves as the Administrator. She studied accounting at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work experience includes retail management, office manager for a marble and granite company, a kindergarten teacher and nanny for several years. She is currently also a teacher at A Nesting Place Preschool.
Some Of Our Generous Organizational Supporters
A special thank you to each and every one of our organizational supporters. Your gifts have enabled a new purpose within hearts and changed eternity. We are blessed to bless others. Thank you!
Your participation helps us provide materials to minister and share the Word of God.
Cross and Key Prison
P.O. Box 358
Oak Island, NC 28465
Toll-free (855) 980-7400
The lives of both inmates and volunteers are being transformed.
“The need is so great and the work is so hard but doing this ministry gives me the greatest joy.” ~ A Volunteer
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“Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”