Mark Hogsed joins Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries as new executive director

Mark Hogsed joins Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries as new executive director
July 21
11:12 2021

Mark Hogsed has joined Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries (FJPM) as executive director. This is a new position for the well-established ministry, which has served thousands of incarcerated individuals in Forsyth County since 1977. Hogsed has assumed the organization’s administrative responsibilities from Senior Chaplain Rodney Stilwell, who looks forward to devoting his full attention to direct ministry with inmates, volunteers and ex-offenders.

“Mark comes to Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries with an extensive background in non-profit work and a strong Christian faith. He will be an excellent fit as we move forward with the important work of the ministry,” said Darnell Sharpless, FJPM board member and personnel committee chair. Most recently, Hogsed served as vice president of global programs for World Help, a Christian humanitarian organization, in Forest, Virginia. He holds a masters degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University, as well as a bachelor of science degree in communications from Liberty University and secondary education licensure from the University of Lynchburg. As executive director for Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries, Hogsed oversees the organization’s programs, staff and volunteers throughout its service locations and the community at-large. 

Hogsed is a native of Canton, Ohio. While living in Virginia, he attended Lynchburg First Church of the Nazarene with his wife Nikki, and two sons, Adam and Colton. “I am honored and humbled to join Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries, a ministry with such a strong history of providing quality programs and services to inmates in our community. I look forward to working closely with the staff, board, volunteers, and supporters to help minister to and prepare inmates for life outside of prison,” said Hogsed. 

Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries’ community partners, prospective volunteers, and others interested in learning about the ministry are invited to join the staff and board of directors for a drop-in meet and greet event on Sunday, July 18, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Bolton Park. Guests will enjoy ice cream and have the opportunity to mingle with Hogsed and the Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries team. Those interested in attending may RSVP to Brooke Stultz at or 336-759-0063.

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