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The Back Story

A small group of volunteers, with the support of the Tyger River Correctional Institution’s chaplain, began ministering to the inmates at Tyger River in South Carolina. This group consisted mostly of retired men and women who went into the prison during the normal work-day. Two of our founding members worked night-time vocational jobs (one in janitorial office work and the other in pizza delivery) to support themselves and their families so they could answer God’s calling on their lives– Prison Ministry. These men, along with their wives, met together to talk through their “calling”, and the challenges and struggles that they were facing which were primarily financial. They discussed how they might partner in the mission of “setting the captives free,” and the vision of JUMPSTART was born.


Today, more than 150 volunteers each week serve the needs of those in numerous prison locations. Our leadership team and staff work tirelessly to bring hope to those in prison who have often given up. The responses we see every week inspire us to do more. And that’s exactly what we are doing. The JUMPSTART story continues to deepen and the lives we are reaching are being transformed by God’s grace.

Vision for Tomorrow

“The Vision for Tomorrow” campaign illustrates where we see tremendous opportunities for JUMPSTART.  This special focus will fund the necessary infrastructure and staff for JUMPSTART’s long term organizational growth and sustainability. It will enable JUMPSTART to continue to deliver and improve the nation’s best “prison to re-entry into society” program for generations to come.

Portrait of Dr. Michael Scharff, Board Chairman

Board Chairman

Dr. Michael Scharff

Portrait of Tommy Holt, Board Vice-Chair & Secretary

Board Vice-Chair & Secretary

Tommy Holt

Portrait of Dr. Gwen Johnson, Board Member

Board Member

Dr. Gwen Johnson

Portrait of Chuck Fields, Board Member

Board Member

Chuck Fields

Board Member

Donald Spann

Board Member

Jon Jamison

Portrait of Mike Kiriakides, Board Member

Board Member

Mike Kiriakides

Portrait of Bob Caldwell, Sr, Board Member

Board Member

Bob Caldwell, Sr

Board Member

Gwen Bright

Board Member

Jon Ozmint

Portrait of Sharon McDowell, Board Treasurer

Board Treasurer

Sharon McDowell

Board of Directors

Portrait of Cary Sanders, Chief Executive Officer

Cary Sanders

Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of Don Williams, Director of Community Relations

Don Williams

Director of Community Relations

Catherine Manke

Chief of Staff

Portrait of Tim Murray, Inside Program Director

Tim Murray

Inside Program Director

Portrait of Justin Durrell, Director of Operations

Justin Durrell

Director of Operations

Portrait of Amanda Balint, Director of Events

Amanda Balint

Director of Creative Design and Events

Chris Rivers

Director of Strategic Impact

Viengxay Phankhaysy

Executive Chef

Toby Fleming

Director of

Pastoral Care

Portait of Daniel Dempsey, IT and Operations Coordinator

Daniel Dempsey

 IT and Operations Coordinator

Jeremy Walker - Chief of Staff of JUMPSTART

Jeremy Walker

Inside Program Admin

Kerri Bell

Transitional Program Coordinator

Leadership Team

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