About Peggy & Tom Jr.
Peggy Bilsten (pictured with her husband, Tom, to the right) has been advocating on behalf of many human rights issues, both locally and internationally, since she was appointed to the Phoenix City Council in 1994. After Peggy was appointed, she served the constituents of District 3 for 14 years before reaching the allotted term limit. While on the Phoenix City Council, she served on many different boards and committees, as well as serving as Vice Mayor twice.
Peggy’s heart for the city and community issues exposed her to the tragic reality of underage girls in the U.S. who have been kidnapped, abused and prostituted on the streets. Out of this awareness, she collaborated with other valley leaders to form a new ministry named StreetLight to fight this injustice and bring hope to victims. She also facilitated the collaboration of agencies and groups from across the Phoenix area to work together to fight this injustice. These groups include vice departments, churches, universities, businesses, government offices, non-profits as well as many concerned parents. To read more about the Streetlight ministry, visit their website.
Additionally, Peggy has represented the citizens of Phoenix and the city council on rescue trips to the post-tsunami regions in Indonesia, earthquake regions in China, and war-torn regions in Central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. She has been on several trips to the Congo with Steve and Celestia Tracy, training leaders on everything from ethics in government to trauma and abuse counseling for rape survivors.
Peggy’s son, Tom Bilsten, Jr., is pictured with his wife, Krista. Tom has worked alongside Peggy for years, and shares a passion to fight these issues of injustice both locally and globally. His experience on mission trips in the past has deepened his desire to minister to victims of abuse and exploitation.
Peggy andTom Jr. have worked together in ministry for several years, and will continue to do so on GTN’s staff. Similar to Steve and Celestia Tracy, Peggy and Tom Jr. are on GTN’s staff part-time. They split their work between stateside ministry to abuse victims and international ministry to abuse victims, as well as training leaders. When they travel overseas to train church leaders, they will be ministering with GTN.