Chandler Fozard, president
In 1992, Chandler was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 5 years suspended with probation to run consecutively. With “good time,” he discharged his incarceration sentence in December 1996. He was removed from supervised parole only two years after his release and his suspended sentence was complete in December 2001. Today, by the grace of God alone, he is a husband, father, grandfather, author and teacher of the same truth that continues to change his life, and a mentor to many. He is a licensed life and health insurance agent and a professional truck driver. As a passionate, lifelong student of Biblical counseling, he is also a former member of the Association of Biblical Counselors (www.ChristianCounseling.com). Chandler is married to Barbara and they live in Fort Worth with their son, Brandon, a graduate of New Saint Andrews college (www.nsa.edu) who is pursuing his own independent studies in Biblical counseling through the Association of Biblical Counselors.
Tom Evans, vice-president
Tom Evans has 25 plus years of service in the non-profit arena as direct care staff beginning in 1984, licensed residential treatment administrator, licensed clinical counselor, and school superintendent. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1989. Mr. Evans also served in a volunteer capacity as Chaplain to residents and staff at Azleway Boys Ranch from 1992 to 2001. Other volunteer positions include multiple Board leadership roles for a variety of state level associations and local organizations. Tom is married and has two children and currently employed as an independent insurance agent and Business Consultant.
Brian Buttrick, executive director
Brian has spent more than 20 years in Texas prisons but, in Brian’s own words, “The Lord used my last prison sentence to finally bring me to an end of myself and to a place of repentance and surrender.” For the last seven years of his incarceration, Brian immersed himself in the scriptures, bible studies, and read numerous books that helped grow his faith and equip him for ministry. After being released from prison in 2009, Brian completed a residential discipleship program in Denton, Texas, called Denton Freedom House. Then he began to serve that ministry full-time for the next four and a half years. Brian taught and discipled men going through the program, and also helped launch and manage Zera Coffee House for the ministry. Brian met Cindy, who volunteered at Zera and also had a history of addiction, and they were soon married. Brian and Cindy have a passion for recovery, prison ministry and aftercare. For the rest of their lives, they are committed to sharing the gospel and investing in the lives of all the addicted, incarcerated, hurting, and lost people that God may bring across their paths.
Barbara Fozard, secretary/treasurer, hospitality
Barbara began serving as the board’s secretary in 2014. She has previously been employed as an administrative assistant, proof reader and her typing has been recorded as reaching speeds of more than 100+ wpm! But more than her skills as an administrator, she uses her greatest, God-given gifts of mercy and kindness toward the men and women we’ve hosted in our halfway house over the years by preparing and serving meals to them, hosting them in our home and often assisting with their transportation needs. After one Thanksgiving dinner she prepared, one man remarked, “You know, Chandler, I’m 47 years old and that’s the first time I’ve ever been around a table that prayed before they ate.”
James Parker, member
In 2005, James Parker was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated Armed Robbery. But in July 2007, God saved Jim. A few years later, Hope Prison Ministries began to teach in the prisons and Jim was captivated by what he was hearing. Jim began receiving books from Hope Prison Ministries and began immersing himself in the historic Christian faith. He wrote summaries of what he was learning and would send them in and a representative from Hope Prison Ministries would correspond with and encourage him in his studies. So impressed of the change in their son, Jim’s parents were the first couple to begin giving to the ministry and they continue their support today! In 2016, Jim earned parole. He currently lives with his parents in Lake Jackson, Texas, where he is employed and is an active member at Covenant Evangelical Presbyterian Church (http://www.cepclj.org/).
James Waterman, member
On unrelated and dissimilar charges, James Waterman and Chandler were incarcerated together. More than 20 years later, they reconnected on facebook. When Chandler suggested one way James might remember him, James replied, “Oh, brother, even more than that, what I remember are the hours we spent studying the Scripture together. It was you who recommended the study bible I still use to this day, my concordance, and you that God used to fill me with a passion that continued even after my release.” James went on to earn a bachelors in theology from Oklahoma Christian University and completed his doctorate in theology from Liberty University. He is married to Georgia, they have two adult children, both of whom are veterans, and from whom they have two grandchildren. Then they have two other kids they consider their grandchildren. James and his wife attend and are active members at Emmaus Baptist Church where he serves in disaster relief for the Men’s Baptist Union.
Dr. Jeremy Lelek, counseling, advisory board
Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D, earned his bachelor in psychology from Liberty University, his Masters in Counseling from Amberton University, and completed his doctorate in psychology through Regent University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, the president of The Association of Biblical Counselors (www.ChristianCounseling.com) and the founder of Metroplex Counseling (www.MetroplexCounseling.com) through which he somehow still manages to maintain a vigorous counseling practice and to oversee others in the field.
Brenda Hayes, social work, advisory board
Brenda Hayes graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She has been married to the Honorable Judge Matt Hayes (JP of PCT 7) since May of 1978. They are the parents of four children. Currently, she operates the family business, Interquest Detection Canines of North Texas. Her company serves more than 100 schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with canines trained in contraband and explosive detection.