Meet Our Staff

Mark Wilson – As a founder of CRYR, Mark felt called to help teens overcome struggle and develop skills to achieve success. Mark has over 40 years of business ownership and a love for what the horses and outdoors are able to provide in the way of healing for troubled hearts. Mark has a heart for Jesus and the children served at the ranch.

Richard Chance Richard has serves as treasurer for the CRYR board of directors. He has proficient accounting skills and keeps the finances for the ranch updated to transparency on a monthly basis. He brings many years of business knowledge and is a copyrighted photographer. Richard has a heart belonging to Jesus and his passion for the ranch lies in spreading a message of hope and love to the children we serve.

Mike Freehling Mike currently serves as president of the CRYR board of directors. With a heart for Jesus and the children served at the ranch, Mike is very giving of his time and resources to benefit the ranch to its greatest potential.

Sherwin Lindsey Sherwin has over 45 years of equine experience and is our leading expert in equine training and horsemanship. He owns a successful farm training horses to perform in rodeos and has unique insight into the world of horse business.

Kayla Waddell - Kayla is the Facility Manager at Cross Roads Youth Center. She is 28 years old and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Along with her passion for helping the youth, Kayla is very active in her church. She has the heart and passion for helping youth through their most challenging time in life and looks to her favorite scripture to help her with that; Jeremiah 29:11. Kayla has a heart for God and loves to spread His Word to the ones God has placed in her path.

Lydia Lemmons - Lydia runs the Beginner Riding Program at Cross Roads Youth Ranch. She is also a special education teacher at Chesnee High school where she works with students with learning, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Lydia grew up in Gaffney, SC where she started riding English at the age of 7. Through the years she has trained horses and ponies in the English discipline. After high school she soon joined and competed on the Converse College Equestrian Team. For two summers Lydia worked at a Christian camp running the riding program and teaching campers of all levels in English riding. Her passion for horses and love for kids inspires her to continue teaching students her love for horses and the equestrian sport.

Our programs are built around the framework of the EAGALA Code of Ethics. You can find this and additional information on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association at (

Cross Roads Youth Ranch