Robert Hoerr, Chairman

Bob Hoerr was appointed to the board of directors of Berean Prision Ministries in 2020. and was elected board President in 2021.

Bob and his wife, Myrna, have 4 married children,13 grandchildren and a foster grandson. Bob has served as a past trustee and current head song leader in his 51 years as a member of the Peoria Apostolic Christian Church. He has also served for 16 years as an executive board member for Lifesong for Orphans and as a strategic counselor for Lighthouse Christian Academy for the last 10 years.

Education: Bob has a BS degree in Construction Management and minor in Business from Bradley University.

Professional Experience: He served as CEO of PJ Hoerr, Inc retiring in 2020 after 42 years of service.


Ken Hoerr, Vice President

Ken Hoerr has been a part of Berean Prision Ministries since its inception in 1996 where he served as a volunteer at Peoria County Jail. He has been active in the Romanian prision ministery since it beginning. Ken assumed the position of Board Chairman in 2013 upon the death of Ed Meister.

Ken and his wife, Darlene, have 3 children,13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He served as a minister for 39 years in the Apostolic Christian Church in Peoria, IL.

Education: Ken has a BS degree in Business from Bradley University.

Professional Experience: He was employed by Heights Finance Corporation where he retired as President after 45 years of service.


Ken Helmuth, Treasurer

Ken Helmuth joined Berean Prison Ministries in 2000 as a volunteer at the Peoria County Jail. In addition to serving as Treasurer 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

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

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 Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Professional Experience: Skip has worked in the insurance business since 1988, first as an agency owner for 23 years. 


Keven Hofstetter, Board Member

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 Peoria Rescue 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 Technical Steward within the Virtual Product Development Division.


David Zimmerman, Board Member

David Zimmerman has served for the last ten years as a volunteer at the Fulton County jail and has been active in the Romanian ministry. David lives in Morton with his wife Cindy. They have four children and two grandchildren. They attend Grace Church in Morton.

Education: BS in Political Science from Illinois State University, 1983

Professional Experience: David has worked for the last 32 years at Merck selling pharmaceuticals and has served as the Tazewell County Board Chairman for 14 years.


Tim Martin, Board Member

Tim Martin grew up in Woodford County and lives in Eureka with his wife Linda. He has participated in Bible studies and services at the Peoria County Jail since 2000. Tim currently leads Bible Studies and Sunday services at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. He is a member of the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church.

Education: BS in speech communication, Illinois State University, 1975, and has completed some continuing education at Moody Bible Institute and Perspectives.

Professional Experience: He has worked in broadcasting, film and video from 1975 until 2021, and is currently working part time at Salem Ranch in Flanagan, Il.