Passionate and visionary are two words most would use to describe Andy King, the Executive Director of Dream Center Peoria. Andy has had a substantial impact on the city of Peoria over the past decade, breaking barriers and building up the broken. Andy and his family have worked long and hard to make their vision of the Dream Center a reality, Andy facilitates the many programs DCP offers, and he remains focused on serving not only his community but also God through it all.
Dream Center Peoria lives to “Impacting families living in poverty, starting with kids and youth.” It is a name that fills souls in the Heart of Illinois with hope. Andy King says that “we [the DCP] see ourselves as a spiritual hospital.” Aspiring to influence the city of Peoria, Andy “prays that as we [the DCP] work with young kids and young people that we [the DCP] change and challenge some of the thinking that we see around them to think, dream, and live bigger and change some of the generational poverty cycles that we see them involved in.” Andy, with his team, work tirelessly to impact the biggest homeless demographic in Peoria which is women, single moms with children and fathering dads. The homeless shelter at DCP see’s thousands come through its door each year, with an average age of 9 years old. Andy has taken the reigns of Dream Center Peoria, and is changing and shaping the Heart of Illinois for the better. The drive behind Andy’s history with the Dream Center has to do with his devotion to God and passion for Peoria.
Psalm 139. Psalm 139 speaks of how the believer knows that God is always looking after him. “Even the darkness will not be dark to you...for darkness is as light to you.” This particular quote from the verse goes hand-in-hand with Andy’s daily life. Andy King serves wholeheartedly when it comes to his community, but he said that at times he really has to hand it all to God because his job tends to show the “dark side of humanity and the community.” Through it all, however, he is a man of integrity and strong faith who is constantly thinking of how to impact his community.
Andy speaks from the heart and develops a powerful and compelling message of Hope and destiny. With over 25 years of speaking experience, Andy can bring a message that will challenge and inspire anyone who listens.