Rev. Craig Williams – Executive Director

Rev. Craig Williams was promoted on October 22, 2017 by the South Side Mission Board of Directors to become the organization’s 8th Executive Director in its 93- years history.

This groundbreaking appointment demonstrates the South Side Mission’s
commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Rev. Williams is the first African American to serve in this role.

Rev. Williams has been a vital and respected team member of the South Side Mission since he began his career as a Youth Worker in 2003.

He has spearheaded various Mission initiatives including Adopt a Block, Hope Builders Home Repairs, Before School Chapel Ministry in 5 Peoria Public Schools, 4 Food pantries, Youth-In-Motion Praise Dance Ministry, Redeemed Boys Mentor Ministry, Elderly Services and much more.

Before his promotion to Executive Director, Rev. Williams also served as the Director of External Ministries and Assistant Executive Director.  

Aware that his service area includes some of the toughest neighborhoods, schools and housing projects on Peoria’s south side, Rev Williams remains personally, and professionally committed to the physical, educational and spiritual well-being of its residents. He serves on numerous boards in the Peoria area.

Craig is the husband to Darlina, his wife of three decades, the father of 3 and grandfather of 4. He is a dedicated family man who exemplifies a life devoted to Christ.

As Executive Director, he oversees the day to day operations of the Mission and works closely with the leadership team and the South Side Mission Board of Directors to pursue the vision stated in the organization’s strategic plan.

To learn more about Rev. Craig, please watch as he shares his personal testimony during an interview on WTVP’s “Consider This” program with Yvonne Greer.  You can click here to watch the full 28 minute video.


Our Leadership Team

Rich Draeger – Manager of Development

Paul Mulholland – Manager of Ministries

Pastor Frank Winfrey – Site Pastor and Church Relations

Ivier McSwine – Business Operations Manager

Gigi Gibson – Supervisor of Children and Youth Ministry

Pastor Bessie Rush – Supervisor of Benevolence Center

Chef Chris Franzoni – Supervisor of Culinary Services

Steve Suttor – Supervisor of Facilities

Mark Bowden – Supervisor of Transportation

Mandi Chester – Supervisor of Thrift Store – War Memorial Drive

Julie York-Petrone – Supervisor of Thrift Store – Morton

Jody Summers – Supervisor of Thrift Store – Sterling Avenue