Rev. Craig Williams – Executive Director

The South Side Mission’s Board of Directors promoted Rev. Craig Williams to head the organization as the 8th Executive Director in the 93-year history of the South Side Mission. He is the first African American to serve in this role.

Rev. Williams has been a vital and respected employee 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, YouthIn-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, he remains personally, and professionally committed to the physical, educational and spiritual well-being of its residents.

Craig is 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 will oversee the day to day operations of the Mission and will work closely with the leadership team and the Board to pursue the vision stated in the Mission’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

Paul Mulholland – Associate Director of Ministries

Pastor Frank Winfrey – Site Pastor and Church Relations

Pastor Linda Butler – Supervisor of New Promise Center

Gigi Gibson – Supervisor of Children and Youth Department

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 – Thrift Store Manager – War Memorial Drive

Julie York-Petrone – Thrift Store Manager – Morton

Jody Summers – Thrift Store Manager – Sterling Avenue