Who We Are
Jonathan Rocke - Executive Director
Several years ago, God began to lay a burden on Jonathan’s heart for the ministry of Peoria Rescue Ministries and the people it serves. He is humbled and amazed at how God has been working and leading in preparing him for the role of Executive Director.
Jon’s background includes a degree in Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages from Grace College and time spent in the family food business in Morton. There, he helped transform the company from a specialty retailer to a nationally-marketed food processor.
Jon married his wife, Jolene, 38 years ago and they are blessed with three married children and ten grandchildren. Jon and Jolene are members of Grace Church in Morton, where they both have served in teaching and leadership roles over the years. In addition, Jon has served locally as President of the Camp of Champions and We Care Boards.
As Jon steps into the role of Executive Director of Peoria Rescue Ministries, his prayer is that God will continue to be glorified by the ministry of PRM in the showing and telling of the compassion and Good News of Jesus (Matthew 9:36-38).
Jerry Trecek - Director Emeritus
Jerry Trecek began serving at Peoria Rescue Ministries as a part-time Bible teacher in 1968. A few short years later, he stepped into the role of Executive Director of the ministries - a position he held for 45 years. Jerry works closely with all the divisions of Peoria Rescue Ministries, as well as our international partner ministries in Latvia and the Ukraine.
Stepping down from the role of Executive Director on November 1, 2016, Jerry now serves as Director Emeritus. With many professional and community service affiliations, Jerry remains an active part of the Peoria area community. Jerry married his wife, Barbara, in 1963 and has one son, one daughter, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Lee Burnham - Peoria Rescue Mission Director
Lee Burnham has served over 20 years with Peoria Rescue Ministries. His current position is as the director of the Peoria Rescue Mission. Lee has been married to his wife, Terry, for over 32 years and the Lord has blessed them with a large family including four daughters (the oldest is already in heaven), three sons-in-law, one son, one daughter-in-law, and ten grandchildren.
Lee enjoys spending any spare time with his family, or hunting and fishing. His favorite aspect of working at the Peoria Rescue Mission is when he can offer Jesus to a hurting soul and watch them really receive Him into their life. To then watch that person change and begin to become the person Jesus wants them to be is a privilege Lee does not take for granted.
Tom Robertson - Victory Acres Director
Tom Robertson was called to Victory Acres in September of 1987. He began as Assistant Superintendent and now serves as director of Victory Acres. Prior to coming to Victory Acres, he farmed and worked construction. Tom brought with him his wife, Sheila, and three children. Those children had the privilege of growing up at Victory Acres and now are married and have blessed Tom and Sheila with six grandchildren.
Tom's greatest desire in ministry is to see men come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and see their lives changed as they grow in their relationship with Him. He desires to follow Philippians 3:12-14 in his life as he presses on toward Glory.
Michael Krippel - Barnabas Center Director
Michael Krippel began part-time with Peoria Rescue Ministries in 2002. He started full time as a counselor at Barnabas Center in 2003 as he studied to complete his Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling. He became the director of Barnabas Center in 2012 following the death of its long-time director, Garth Cushman.
Michael is passionate about coming along side hurting people and helping them apply Biblical principles to their life challenges – as he points them to Jesus Christ. His greatest joy is to see God work in growing and transforming men and women into the image of Jesus Christ. Perhaps Michael’s life can best be summarized by Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the Good News of God's wonderful kindness and love." NLT
Julie Philyaw - Women's Pregnancy Center Director
Julie Philyaw has served at the Women’s Pregnancy Center since 2009. She began as a volunteer, then came on staff as the Support Services Coordinator for five years, and now is serving as the director. She is passionate about sharing the love and good news of Jesus Christ through relationships and has served in various women’s ministries for almost 30 years. Julie and her husband, David, have four adult children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Elaine Cone - Esther House Director
Elaine Cone has served at the Esther House since it’s opening in 2004. After several months of volunteering, she came on staff as Weekend Supervisor and then Admissions Coordinator. She is now serving as director after the retirement of Nancy Hays.
Elaine is very passionate about helping hurting women and children and expectant of God’s work within their willing and open hearts. Elaine truly believes God’s truth from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Elaine and her husband, Randy, have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Peoria Rescue Ministries is comprised of a family of over 40 employees. For the contact information of a specific employee who is not listed, please call (309) 676-6416.
Board of Directors
Peoria Rescue Ministries extends sincere thanks to the Godly men who comprise our Board of Directors.
Dr. Bob Benningfield Mike Murphy
David McFee Robert Polley
Randy Finley Don Rice
Dr. Ben Pflederer Danny Schell
Jeremiah Alwerdt Nick Verardo