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.
Justin Bailey, vice-president and director of correspondence
Justin Bailey served in the military for six years. Although he had been involved in ministry, his sin led to his eventual incarceration. Justin learned the hard way the truth of Luke 8:17, that “nothing is secret that will not be revealed.” God brought Justin to his knees in true repentance and he began to study. Toward the end of his incarceration, he attended the worship services led by and was mentored by Chandler. After his release, in record time, Justin was gainfully employed, having recently been promoted the warehouse manager. Having himself benefited from the mentoring of Hope Prison Ministries, and in recognition of his maturity and progress, the board extended an invitation to Justin to become its director of correspondence and to serve as its vice president. Justin accepted the invitation, serves today in that capacity and is spearheading the ministry’s latest initiative, InmateMentors.com (coming soon!)
Barbara Fozard, secretary
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.”
Mike Martin, CPA, treasurer
Mike Martin is a certified public accountant licensed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (License No. 028565). He holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Accounting and a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington in Information Systems.
Drawing on man years of varied background experience, Mike has a broad knowledge of accounting. Additionally, he has been able to utilize his skills in computer technology in the development of software that generates accounting information systems and reporting. His past employers have included several international public accounting firms as well as private businesses in a variety of industries, one of which is for a business owner who had formerly been helped by HOPE!
As the treasurer, Mike looks forward to being a contributing member of the board!
Ronny Mares, member and house manager
Ronny Mares attended services led by Hope Prison Ministries while he was incarcerated. He applied to come under care of the ministry after his release and, based upon recommendations from those who knew him best, inside and out, the ministry accepted him. More than perhaps anyone else in our program, Ronny’s winsome personality endears him to all who know him. Ronny personifies the Scripture which states that servants of the Lord must be not be quarrelsome, kind to everyone, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition. In addition to serving on our board, he currently serves as our house manager.
Charlie Holmes, member
Charlie Holmes earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Wayland Baptist University at their extension campus in Anchorage Alaska back in 2001 but did not go into ministry with that degree. He moved to New Orleans and took one year of classes at that Seminary before dropping out because of struggles with sin. About a year later he committed the crime for which he served six years in prison, but he wouldn’t actually go to prison for many years yet. Hurricane Katrina drove him back to Texas where he took enough classes to have earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, but was determined to go for the higher degree instead. God had other things in mind. During this time he struggled intensely over his past sin and the guilt and shame that came with it. Also it was during this time that God opened his heart to the Doctrines of Grace. He began working at Insight for Living and Preaching on the weekend at a Nursing Home. He met his wife and had two sons, before God Sovereignly decided it was time for him to serve a prison sentence for his crime. Six years later he returned to serve out his post release supervision. He is now serving at Hope Prison Ministries while God is reconciling him to his wife and kids.
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.