Leadership

Ken Helmuth, Vice President Process and Procedures

Ken Helmuth, Vice President Process and Procedures

Ken Helmuth joined Berean Prison Ministries in 2000 as a volunteer at the Peoria County Jail. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors, he currently serves as Chaplain at the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown, Ill. He also has responsibility for the Romanian and Russian prison ministries. He currently resides in Morton, IL with his wife, Diane, and attends Grace Church in Morton, IL.

Education: AA 1970, Hesston College. BS 1973, McPherson College. JD 1983, Washburn University School of Law. LLM 1986, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.

Professional Experience: Ken retired in 2013 from the Legal Services Division at Caterpillar Inc.

Paul “Spark” Meister, Vice President Ministry Services

Paul “Spark” Meister, Vice President Ministry Services

Spark began serving with Berean Prison Ministries in 1999 at the Peoria Juvenile Detention Center. In 2002 he began serving as Chaplin at the Peoria County Jail, and is currently on the Board of Directors. He currently resides near Hanna City with his wife Rhonda and attends the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church.

Education: Spark graduated from Illinois Central College in 1973.

Professional Experience: Spark began working at Meister Electric in 1973, and is currently the President and owner of the company

David W. “Skip” Meister III, Secretary

David W. “Skip” Meister III, Secretary

Skip Meister joined Berean Prison Ministries in 1996 as a volunteer Chaplain at the Peoria County Youth Farm. In 2004, he moved to the Peoria County Jail to work as the Worship Leader for the Sunday morning services. In 2008, he also began working as an inmate biblical counselor on Friday mornings in the Peoria County Jail. Skip lives in Peoria with his wife, Pat, and is a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. He and Pat have two daughters and eight grandchildren. Skip also serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Professional Experience: Skip has worked in the insurance business since 1988, first as an agency owner for 22+ years, and most recently as an agent with Kuhl Insurance Agency in Morton, IL.

Tim Martin, Board Member

Tim Martin, Board Member

Retired from a career in film and video, now working part time at Salem Children’s Home in Flanagan. Married with three daughters, three sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren.

Participating in prison ministry for 20 years sharing the best news ever.

Keven Hoffstetter

Keven Hoffstetter

Keven Hofstetter started jail ministry in 1991 prior to the formation of Berean Prison Ministries. His buddy, Lloyd, asked him to help conduct Bible studies at the Peoria County jail every Thursday, which reached a peak of 6 Bible studies per evening with nearly half the total jail population in attendance. Keven currently serves as the volunteer Chaplain at Mason County jail. He also shares the Bible message monthly at both Tazewell County jail and Fulton County jail where he is accompanied by his son Daniel. In addition, Keven regularly conducts Bible services at the Pathway Ministries down-town mission. Keven publishes Bible verse word-search puzzle books and a Bible study entitled “Is It Time for a You Turn” to provide Bible based activities for inmates, mission residents and any others who are interested. Keven joined the Berean Prison Ministry Board in 2022.

Keven and his wife have 4 children and reside in Washington, Illinois where he is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.

Education: Keven has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University

Professional Experience: Keven joined Caterpillar Inc in 1988 and currently holds the position of Engineering Fellow within the Virtual Product Development division.

Bob Hoerr, Board Member

Bob Hoerr, Board Member