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Office Locations in Winchester, Pittsfield, and Bluffs
to Serve All of Your Insurance Needs

Providing Safety, Security, and Peace of Mind

In 1960, Peak Insurance Agency set out to provide safety, security, and peace of mind to the communities of Winchester, Pittsfield, and Bluffs, Illinois, with a simple concept – affordable insurance coverage. It has been our mission to build an insurance agency that provides expertise in the field of personal and commercial insurance, as well as retirement planning. Peak Insurance Agency/Barber Agency/ L&H Agency is an independent agency, meaning our insurance policies aren’t limited to one carrier. We shop amongst an assortment of some of the most respected carriers, looking for the best premium rates for our clients. With the collection and diversity of our insurance coverage, we are able to offer our clients the best rates that are tailored to suit their needs. Our team consists of four licensed and professional customer service representatives to ensure prompt and personalized services for our clients. Our agency is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, the Better Business Bureau, and Trusted Choice.

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Offering a Full Range of Products and Services at the Most Affordable Prices

Peak Insurance Agency/Barber Agency/L&H Agency provides a full range of insurance and financial services. Our agents survey your current policy coverages to determine if there are any gaps that could create potential problems when filing a claim. We work with you, informing you of all the necessary information to help you make an informed decision. After determining the ideal amount of coverage, we shop multiple companies to ensure that you pay the cheapest insurance premium on the market.

If you need to discuss financial products and services, we specialize in tax planning, saving for retirement, and estate conservation. These things should be a concern for all individuals and families, and we work to ensure you are financially well-off when it comes time for retirement. People often miss out on certain financial opportunities because they seem too complex and confusing; that’s where we come in. We help sort through the confusion, limit unnecessary risks and failures to adequately protect your assets, and set you up for financial success. As a firm that specializes in “Safety of Principle,” we are here to ensure that our clients enjoy a stress-free retirement and do not outlive their retirement income.

Committed to Service

Today, it is more important than ever to make informed decisions regarding your insurance coverage and policy premiums. Your agent at Peak Insurance Agency is there for you every step of the way, providing information when you need it most, with options containing multiple coverage options for a policy that best suits your needs.

Our Team

Patrick VanDeVelde,
President/Insurance Advisor

Pat is President of Peak Insurance Agency. He is a graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. Pat’s father in law Sam Peak, formed the Sam Peak Insurance Agency after he purchased the Frank Redshaw Agency in 1960. Pat and Sam’s daughter Stevie purchased the Sam Peak Insurance Agency in 1996 and created the Peak Insurance Agency. Since then, Pat has grown the agency with several other agency acquisitions, including the Barber Agency of Pittsfield in 2015. The Peak and Barber Insurance Agencies have grown to be premier Insurance agencies in West-Central Illinois. Pat and his family are active members of St. Marks Catholic Church, Winchester Civic Group, Winchester Kiwanis, and Scott County Development Corporation. He and his wife reside in Winchester, Illinois, and they have four children: Colin, Karlee, Kinsey, and Caleb.
Please feel free to email Pat directly at

Christopher Dorsey,
Insurance/Investment Advisor Representative

Chris has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 2005. He began his career with Slagle Financial LLC after receiving his degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Economics and Business. Chris then left the insurance and financial sector for a short time to gain valuable experience in public accounting. The experience he gained has proven to be beneficial for Chris’ clients in the area of retirement planning. As an integral part of Peak Insurance, Chris is responsible for providing service to new and existing clients in the areas of retirement planning and personal, business, life, health, and crop insurances. Chris offers investment advisory services through Slagle Financial LLC – a registered investment advisor. Chris is married to his high school sweetheart, Nicole, and they have four children: Bronson, Case, Remi, and Audri.
Please feel free to email Chris directly at

Caleb VanDeVelde, Insurance Advisor

Caleb joined the Agency in May of 2021 after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL. Caleb grew up in Winchester and is the youngest Son of Agency owners Pat and Stevie VanDeVelde. He is licensed in Illinois for Property, Casualty, Life and Health. He is an active member of the Pittsfield Rotary Club. His Goal is to continue to grow the agency both in Winchester and Pittsfield. Give Caleb a call or email him at so he can introduce himself and help you with your insurance needs.

Barbara Harbison, Customer Service Representative

Barb has been in the insurance industry since 1975 and holds her Illinois Insurance License. She is a key part of the success at Peak Insurance Agency in her role as a customer service representative. She enjoys working with the community on all their insurance needs. She resides with her husband, Larry, on their farm in Central Illinois. Barb would be glad to assist you with a no-obligation quote or answer any questions you may have regarding your insurance coverages. Please feel free to email Barb directly at

Mary Coultas, Customer Service Representative

Mary has been in our Pittsfield, Illinois, office since 1980. This branch operates under Barber Agency. Mary holds her Illinois License and she is a key part of the success at Barber Agency in her role as a customer service representative. She enjoys working with the community on all their insurance needs. Mary reside in Pittsfield, Illinois, and she is ready to assist you with a no-obligation quote or answer any questions you may have regarding your insurance coverage. Please feel free to email Mary directly at

Margie Hettinger, Customer Service Representative

Margie lives near Alsey, Illinois, with her husband Danny and their two sons. She started with Peak Insurance Agency in 2015 and has several years of experience in customer service and she holds an Illinois Insurance License. Margie also helps to manage the day to day operations for the agency. Give Margie a call with any questions you may have! Please feel free to email Margie directly at

Emily Suttles, Customer Service Representative

Emily joined Peak Insurance Agency in June 2019 after working for a third party administrator focusing on life insurance and annuities. She has many years of experience in customer service and helps to manage the day to day operations for the agency. Emily lives in Winchester with her husband, Brye, and two daughters, Landry and Avery. Please feel free to email Emily directly at