Our Story

SouthernTrust Bank was organized in 2005 as a commercial state bank by business men and women from Johnson County and the surrounding areas.  The organizers had a strong desire to establish a community-minded financial institution that would service its local communities with personal service. 
SouthernTrust Bank began as a locally owned financial institution with offices in Goreville  and Vienna, Illinois.  On May 27, 2005 SouthernTrust Bank was granted a charter and officially opened for business at both locations on May 31, 2005.
In the fall of 2009 SouthernTrust opened its new bank building and corporate office in Goreville.  We celebrated this moment in our bank's history with an Open House in October with our shareholders, directors, employees, and community members. 
Our third and most recent facility opened at the Lake of Egypt on December 21, 2009.  With this we expanded our footprint into the surrounding community.
SouthernTrust Bank is set apart from most banks in Southern Illinois.  It was built by the people of the community for the people of the community.  This type of community focus is what the bank was founded on and still operates with today.  If you are looking for a growing bank with the personal feeling of a small town bank then SouthernTrust is for you!

Welcome to SouthernTrust Bank

We are glad to see that you have chosen SouthernTrust Bank as your financial institution.  SouthernTrust Bank is committed to keeping pace with the latest banking technologies and services for our customers.  We invite you to tour our site and see an overview of the products and services we currently offer.  We're sure we have something to fit your personal and business needs.

Our Mission

SouthernTrust Bank's mission is to exceed your expectations while providing safe and sound community banking.


Gary Boblett - President/CEO

Paula Reineking - CFO/COO

Steve Sanders - Executive Vice President

Steve Carroll - Vice President

Angela Webb - Community Bank President -Goreville

Susan Piland - Cashier/HR Officer


Stephen Benard - Marion Office Center, Owner

Gary Boblett - President/CEO
Kenneth Crews - SouthernTrust Bank Business Developer

Larry Mizell - Executive Director Family Counseling Center

Don Pippins - Land Developer
Paula Reineking - CFO/COO
Charles Simpson - Retired 

Paul Trainor - Monsanto Inc., Sales

Dr. Steve Webb - Superintendent Goreville School District

Press Release


 September 30, 2013

SouthernTrust Bank Announces


Strategic Realignment of Services


GOREVILLE, IL.  (September 30, 2013) – New, improved, and modified services coming soon to SouthernTrust Bank.   


Current and future customers of SouthernTrust Bank can look forward to new, improved, and modified services through initiatives currently underway for electronic banking, communications, and physical branch services.  New services coming soon for electronic banking include Mobile Banking, Person to Person payments, and Mobile photo check deposit.   Additionally, SouthernTrust has ramped up its presence on social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ so that interactions with customers are no longer limited by bank hours or branch locations.  The bank’s website will also be getting a facelift with easier site navigation.  Improved ATM services at the Lake of Egypt branch are also on the way with the ATM and night depository being relocated to a safer and more convenient location in front of the building and as an additional measure to enhance the safety of our employees, the Lake of Egypt facility will be converted to an ATM/Night Depository only facility.  All of these initiatives are anticipated to be complete by year end.  


The bank’s President and CEO Gary Boblett stated that “SouthernTrust is committed to being the best at providing personalized and convenient customer service, whether that service is provided thru electronic channels, face to face at one of our convenient locations, or at a customer’s kitchen table or out in the field.  The changes in service are part of our effort to enhance efficiencies and realign delivery channels.  We also want to ensure the continued safety of our employees, particularly at our Lake of Egypt facility where local law enforcement has expressed concerns for robbery due to its location”.

About SouthernTrust Bank:  


SouthernTrust Bank offers conveniently located branches in Goreville and Vienna, Illinois and is a community bank focused on providing exceptional customer service.  Its mission is to exceed customer expectations while providing safe and sound community banking.

To learn more about SouthernTrust Bank please visit us on Facebook or at www.southerntrustbank.com