Over the past four years, Andy King has made a substantial impact on the lives of thousands in need in the Tri-County Area as executive director of Dream Center Peoria, an organization committed to impacting individuals, families, schools, neighborhoods and cities within central Illinois through acts of practical, social and spiritual service. King has been instrumental in the development and oversight of nearly 20 programs, each focused on serving the needs of the poor and underprivileged in the community.
While his job responsibilities at the Dream Center include daily operations, programming development, marketing and promotions, community outreach, and human resources, King works with a volunteer’s heart, strongly committed to the organization’s mission. He tirelessly leads a staff of three and ranks of volunteers, many of whom have no affiliation with a faith-based entity, but are bound together by a desire to serve. His proven leadership skills enable him to reach out to others, breaking down walls and encouraging unity among both secular and faith-based organizations in serving the needy of Peoria’s inner city.
King has coordinated the Center’s efforts to partner with Methodist Medical Center, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria School District 150, Heartland Community Health Clinic, Lowe’s, Department of Children and Family Services, Children’s Home, Peoria Art Guild, American Red Cross, Wal-Mart, Catholic Charities, Peoria Housing Authority, WMBD Radio and the Peoria Journal Star.
Many notable community leaders, have recognized King for his leadership and service in the community. The efforts he has made thus far at the Dream Center have been reported at length in the Journal Star, and King can be heard regularly on WMBD radio with Phil Luciano and Jamie Markley.
In King’s case, it is difficult to know where professional duties end and volunteerism begins. He is very involved in his congregation at Riverside Community Church, where he serves on the praise and worship team and organizes conferences and concerts. King challenges all those with whom he works, especially those who have given up on themselves. He is a man of integrity, faith and conviction, whose spiritual journey drives him to serve others. iBi