Meet Our Leadership Team

REV. CRAIG WILLIAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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 YEAR 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, before school chapel ministry in 4 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 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. He is 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. Williams, please watch as he shares his personal testimony during an interview on WTVP’s “Consider This” with Yvonne Greer.

the EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Each of us have been called to serve the South Side Ministry in different ways.

Rich Draeger

Development Manager 

Ivier McSwine

Business Operations Manager

Program Supervisors

Bessie Rush

Benevolence Center

Chris Franzoni

Culinary Services

Mark Bowden

Transportation/Logistics

Steve Suttor

Facilities

Jody Summers

Sterling Thrift Store

Julie York-Petrone

Morton Thrift Store

Mandi Chester

War Memorial Thrift Store

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors is comprised of city leaders that serve a two-year term.

Dick Thulean

President

Sherry Cannon

Vice President

Philip Schmidt

treasurer 

Daniel Hodgen

Secretary

Dirk Arends

Antonio Banegas

Joy Beckwith

Brian Christensen

Michael Hurt

Rev. Adrian Johnson

Jerry Johnson

John L. King

Jerry Motsinger

Arthur Mae Perkins

Eric Potter

Nathaniel Terry