Spiritual Services

Spero Family Services is blessed to have Rev. Deborah Pollex on staff as our Spiritual Life Coordinator and Pastor of the United Methodist Church.  Rev. Pollex gives spiritual guidance to the youth, staff and community we serve.  What started as working with youth groups in her church 15 years ago, blossomed into a calling to become a Pastor.   She began preaching at the Carrier Mills United Methodist Church and was then appointed by the Illinois Great Rivers Conference as the Associate Pastor of Marion UMC.

Rev. Deborah Pollex was then appointed to Spero over four years ago.  Since that time, youth participation in the Spiritual Life program, although optional, has continued to see increased growth and weekly attendance in church.  This can be understood once you meet Rev. Deborah. Her passion for the care and well-being of the youth is evident in the way she builds relationships with each child, unselfishly gives her time and the excitement she exudes when she develops a creative way to instill the love of Christ into a young person.  Rev. Deborah uses a creative and artistic approach in her teachings, and considers the youth and their individual needs when she develops a lesson. This creativity lead to her writing a book of prayers for teens who are struggling to pray to God. Hey God, I Want to Talk To You, But I Don’t Know What to Say, was made availble to the public, on Amazon, in 2020.  This approach helps them gain her trust, and allows them to understand and relate to God on their own terms starting where they are in life.

The Spero Spiritual Life Program offers:

  • Weekly Spiritual Life Group for residents
  • Youth led worship services
  • Interactive prayer spaces for youth and staff
  • “Go Love Other in the World” (GLOW) group with Bright Start Early Learning Center children
  • Prayer request
  • Office Blessings
  • and more!

Please check the News section often for spiritual lessons and activities from Rev. Deborah.

Spero is Proud to be a part of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference

The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference gathered around the theme, Let’s Get Fired Up…for Kids June 8-10, 2017, at the Peoria Civic Center. This year’s conference officially launched a $2.5 million Our Conference, Our Kids campaign for the spiritual programs of the five child welfare agencies in the conference – The Baby Fold, Chaddock, Cunningham Children’s Home, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, and Spero Family Services. Funds raised will be used for the spiritual care programs at each agency. Four of the agencies have staff chaplains and so different models of ministry will use the proceeds in different ways to disciple children and youth.

Learn more about Our Conference Our Kids

Our Conference Our Kids Video

Our Conference Our Kids Brochure

Spero Privacy Policy

RPM 6.04 - Privacy Policy - Website (1)

Although Spero Family Services is a faith-based agency, programs are open and available to anyone fitting the service criteria without discrimination and regardless of faith or denominational background.”      


2023 Richview Road | Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 | 618.242.1070 |