Latest Speakers

Brandon Grissom

Brandon Grissom is a singer/songwriter from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Raised in the dusty backwoods of Oklahoma, he has spent the better part of the last decade in the windy city. Brandon and band lead worship regularly at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, as well as various conferences, churches, and events [...]

Lincoln Brewster

Music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life since early childhood. His mother, an accomplished musician, introduced him to the mandolin at age five. He quickly mastered the instrument and began playing alongside her for cruise ship tourists in his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. However, it was the electric guitar that truly caught [...]

Kurt VonEschen

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kurt is the worship pastor at Willow Creek Crystal Lake Campus. With over 25 years of worship experience, Kurt’s heart and passion is to worship God and to serve the local church. He has a heart for missions and led worship in Bulgaria, Canada, England, Guatemala, and Philippines. Kurt is [...]

Todd Elliott

Todd is the Technical Arts Director at Willow Creek Community Church, leading teams of staff and volunteers to create life changing moments through the fusion of the technical and the creative arts. Todd enjoys photographing cemeteries and wearing fake mustaches. He lives on the edge of cornfields with his wife Bissy and their three kids. [...]

Andrew Stone

Andrew Stone has worked as an audio engineer, production manager, and tour manager on & off the road for the past 24 years and currently serves as Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. He considers working at a church “the toughest job I’ve ever loved”, and uses his [...]

Whitney George

Whitney George is the Arts Director at Church on the Move, where he oversees the teams that are responsible for service planning, worship, video, graphics, and production. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football. [...]

Curtis Templeton

Curtis has served in full-time ministry as an intern tech guy, assistant tech guy, the head tech guy and then as church planter and a worship leader. He currently serves as Connections Pastor at First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, Ca overseeing any and all possible ways people connect with FCC. He loves Star Wars, [...]

Steve Carter

Steve Carter is the director of evangelism and a teacher pastor for Willow Creek Community Church. Steve works with an incredible team of staff and volunteers committed to living out the reality that reconciliation is possible. He is a founding member of both Rock Harbor Fullerton Church and Solidarity and currently serves on the Solidarity [...]

Robert Scovill

Robert Scovill is a modern day renaissance man with interests and activities spanning a wide breadth of professional audio. Robert is a 30-year veteran of professional concert sound and recording and has mixed over 3000 events in his career. His engineering and production talents have been enlisted by a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of marquee music [...]

Scott Ragsdale

Scott Ragsdale has been involved in music and audio production for more than 30 years. Starting when he was 18 he played keyboards in a well-regarded 80‘s rock cover band. Once he hung up his parachute pants he worked as a stagehand, system tech, & monitor engineer for a local sound company in the St. [...]

Kyle McMahon

Kyle McMahon started in the professional audio industry in 1997 . Since then, he has worked with artists such as: Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, Matt Redman, David Crowder Band, Kari Jobe, Passion conference and many more. As someone who personally understands the joys and struggles of mixing in the church realm, Kyle has a [...]

Nathan Miller

Nathan has been involved in audio for more than half of his life. Working for a commercial audio company at age 14, shoving cases and helping setup systems. Since then, he has honed his craft and specializes as a Monitor Engineer, RF Coordinator and System Tech. Working for Willow Creek South Barrington for an number [...]

Shawn Sommer

Shawn Sommer, bass works hard and plays well with others I come from a musically diverse background. I started out playing jazz and classical music and by the age of 21 had won the International Society of Bassists jazz bass competition. Since moving to Chicago in 1999, my focus has moved mostly to electric bass. [...]

Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert spends most of his life making things sound better. Yes, he does sleep, but aside from that, he’s almost always working on, or thinking about something that needs to sound better. Obsessive? Well, maybe a little. He actually went to school to learn about all this – got a degree in Acoustical Physics. [...]

Jeff Sandstrom

Jeff Sandstrom has been an independent music producer/engineer for the last fifteen years. He produced the Dove Award-winning CD series “Shout Praises Kids” for Integrity music, and continues to produce, arrange and record many worship music projects in the studio. Since 2007, Jeff has also been the Front of House audio engineer for Chris Tomlin, [...]

Jacob Cody

Jacob has been on board with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems since November of 2008. His current role as House of Worship Marketing Manager focuses on overseeing and organizing trade shows and conference logistics for worship events as well as market research with an emphasis on training. Prior to joining YCAS, Jacob served on the worship [...]

Ron Cook

Ron Cook is a staff audio enginner at Willow Creek Community Church. In his role he splits his time between FOH and Monitors for the weekend and midweek services. This past Nov. marked 12 years for Ron at Willow Creek. Prior to Willow Ron worked at T.C. Furlong Inc. for 6 1/2 years.

Matt McCoy

Matt McCoy is a worship leader and songwriter from Chicago, IL. He has served on staff at Willow Creek Community and Harvest Bible Chapel, and is also a founder of LoopCommunity.com He is an Ableton Certified Trainer and travels the country teaching churches and worship leaders about using technology in worship. He has been using [...]

Aaron Padilla

Aaron Padilla Bayside Church – Audio Engineer Lincoln Brewster – Monitor Engineer / Production Manager Aaron Padilla is a veteran of live production, both on the road, currently serving as Monitor Engineer and Production Manager for chart-topping CCM Artist Lincoln Brewster, and back in his hometown of Sacramento, California as an Audio Engineer for Bayside [...]

Mike Johns

Mike Johns is the studio and touring drummer with Lincoln Brewster. He has also performed or recorded with Kari Jobe, Parachute Band, KJ-52, Norm Stockton, and many others. In addition to drumming, Mike is the Studio Manager at Bayside Church in Northern California, and teaches around the country as a drummer, Pro Tools engineer, and [...]

Aaron Ruse

Aaron Ruse plays and records music, builds stuff, and works on motorcycles, and has a beautiful family. He has served as an operations director at a live production shop and currently sits on the production team at Willow Creek and freelances as a recording engineer/producer at Solid Sound Recording. As a do it yourself kind [...]

Jacob Winn

Jacob has been involved in technology and worship for most of his life. Whether it’s his job at Waves or as a worship leader, his combined experience in both allows him a unique perspective. Before coming on board with Waves as the House of Worship ‘guy,’ Jacob served as the Pastor of Worship and Production [...]

Matt Larson

Matt Larson – National Sales Manager – Group One Limited DiGiCo, XTA, MC2 Matt is the US National Sales Manager for DiGiCo, XTA & MC2. He started at a young age learning what he could by asking many questions and working with regional musicians and sound companies and with the addition of an electronics degree [...]

Ryan Pribyl

Ryan Pribyl – Sound Designer / Mixer / Engineer Ryan’s passion for sound started at a young age of 10 when he started running live sound at his parent’s church. But his interest in sound design did not really take shape until he went to college for film at Columbia College Chicago. After graduating with [...]

Jim Sippell

Jim Sippel has over 30 years experience in the Broadcast and House of Worship environments (Live/Stage, Broadcast Television and Video Production). Jim served on staff at Willow Creek as Executive in Charge of Video Production and as Director of Photography. He is currently freelancing as Director of Photography and Lighting Designer. Jim’s experience includes Production [...]

Brad Zimmerman

Brad Zimmerman is the host of ChurchMediaDesign.tv a weekly Internet TV show teaching Tips, Tricks and How To, for the Church Media Designer. CMD.TV was started to help teach those working in the church how to use and create media. Brad is on staff at a church in Grand Haven, Michigan and enjoys collecting bobble-heads. [...]

Andrew Schuurmann

Andrew Schuurmann is a staff video producer and editor at Willow Creek Community Church. He has spent 13 years in ministry-focused video production. In addition to his time at Willow Creek, he also served on staff at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston, TX and has done video work for freelance clients including Delirious?, Switchfoot, The [...]

Bjorn Amundsen

Who: Creative Director at Willow Creek. Creative Partner at Herald Creative. Husband and daddy at my non-work related family. Where: Based in Chicago suburbs, which is too bad because I love the city. What: Moving Pixels to Move People© Where: www.herald-creative.com With: Coffee, cameras & computers (usually) Why: To construct a fiery pillar of light [...]

Darren Niesley

Darren is a Video Director at Willow Creek Community Church. He has twenty years of multi-camera directing experience, covering a wide range of performance events. Darren adds to this experience working on projects for corporate and broadcast clients.

Matt Satorius

Matt a.k.a. “Sators” Satorius has been a full-time professional audio engineer since 2002. Throughout that time he has worked for multiple Grammy nominated and Dove award winning artists as a touring FOH/Monitor engineer and/or tour manager. In addition, he has spent several years working full time at Willow Creek Community Church overseeing and maintaining the [...]

Wendy Luedtke

Wendy Luedtke is a seasoned lighting designer with theatre, live event, fashion and architectural experience in New York, across the US, and abroad. She is currently the Product Manager for Color and Lighting at Rosco Laboratories and an Adjunct Instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also the Chair of [...]

Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson is a freelance lighting designer and owner of Real World Lighting. Mr. Peterson has been in the lighting business for 30 years, creating a clientele list that includes: the Grant Park Election Rally for President Obama, PBS’ Soundstage, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, Bob Seger and the current Beach Boys Reunion Tour. Bob is [...]

Daniel Connell

Daniel has served as the lighting and scenic designer for Church On The Move since 2006. During the decade prior he had the opportunity to work as an LD for a wide array or concert, theatrical, and corporate events. Regarding production and the church Daniel says, “We have an amazing array of resources at our [...]

Seth Thiesen

Seth Thiesen, hailing from “Rawkford” Illinois, currently residing in Alpharetta, GA he is the Production Director / Lighting Director for North Point Community Church. Growing up as a P.K. he was always around the church. At an early age his dad put him to work helping out with the “tech stuff.” Lighting was the area [...]

Dan Larson

Dan Larson’s lighting experience started as a volunteer during the mid 90’s at Willow Creek Community Church. He has been on the Production staff since ‘98. Dan has produced scenic and lighting designs for numerous Willow Creek events such as the Global Leadership Summit and Christmas services. He now serves as the Weekend Service Lighting [...]

John Weygandt

John Weygandt has been a Scenic and Lighting Designer at Willow Creek Community Church since 1991. In addition to Willow Creek, John has designed for several professional productions- both in Chicago and Los Angeles. His most recent was the 2012 lighting design for an intimate, low-budget version of MELANCHOLY PLAY, staged in the Viaduct Theater [...]

Camron Ware

Camron Ware is the founder of Visual Worshiper, a leader in helping churches transform their worship through Environmental Projection and worship lighting. He is also is a freelance lighting designer and VJ, and enjoys flying just a little bit too much. www.VisualWorshiper.com twitter.com/visualworshiper facebook.com/visualworshiper

Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis is scenic designer and manager at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He has created hundreds of scenic stage designs for large and small productions and has assisted churches all over the world. His bold structural sets encompass traditional, non-traditional materials and daring textures. He has an equal passion for the [...]

Lee Fields

Lee Fields is a veteran behind the audio console, putting his decade of experience to work mixing Front of House and Tour Managing for Lincoln Brewster. Over his career, he has also mixed for Kutless, Disciple, Red, and others. As an educator Lee teaches audio and production at William Jessup University and is invited to [...]

Dennis Choy

Dennis Choy Pastor of Communications, Technology and Weekend Production North Coast Church Vista CA @dennischoy After joining the staff at North Coast Church in 1995, Dennis Choy created and developed the church’s Technical Production Ministry. With 23 worship services and over 9000 attendees every weekend across three campuses utilizing volunteers is a key to the [...]

Jared Wells

For the last 7 years Jared Wells has been on staff as the Director of Technical Arts at Westside Family Church in Lenexa Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. There he oversees live production for multisite services as well as leading preproduction during the week. Before moving to Westide Jared worked as the Production Manager [...]

Jason Castellente

Jason Castellente is the technical director of National Community Church, a multisite church in Washington DC. He is passionate about using technology to bridge the message and people. Check out his blog at www.jasoncastellente.com and follow him on Twitter @jdcastellente. Jason will be in the Leadership panel, “Creating a Culture that Wants to Serve” at [...]

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis serves as the Technical Director for Media Ministries at Bethlehem Baptist Church serving their three campuses in the Twin Cities metro area. Jonathan has served in his position there since May of 2008. Prior to his position with Bethlehem, Jonathan served in media ministries positions with Brainerd Area Youth Ministries and Lakewood Evangelical [...]

Wes Wakefield

Wes Wakefield is the Technical Director at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Virginia, and currently serves on the leadership team for the Church Technical Leaders organization. He holds a degree in electrical engineering, has a diverse background in music, and over ten years of experience working with technical systems and events. When he’s not reading [...]

David Leuschner

David Leuschner is the Executive Director of Technical Arts at Gateway Church in Southlake Texas. Gateway Church is the home of Pastor Robert Morris and Worship Leader’s Kari Jobe, Thomas Miller and David Moore. He has been in the Tech industry for over 20 years. David loves what he does and has a passion for [...]

Bill Swaringim

Bill Swaringim serves on staff at The Crossing Church in St Louis, MO as the TechArts Director. He leads his staff of tech leaders and specialists to creatively communicate the Gospel through technology. By using unconventional teaching methods and various art mediums and technology, The Crossing creates experiences rooted in scripture that are both culturally [...]

Dustin Hamilton

Dustin Hamilton is the Production Director for The Village Church in Dallas, TX. He has been on staff for 6 years working in various production roles and now leads the crew of staff, interns and volunteers. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, running and swimming. Follow him on Twitter @Dustham Dustin will be [...]

Richard Funderburg

Richard has been making videos ever since his parents brought home their first camcorder. For the past 22 years, Richard has worked in local TV, toured, freelanced and created his own video production company. This was only interrupted slightly by a tour in the Army where he got to spend time as a military police [...]

Kristin Twilla

Kristin has been on the ministry team at Kensington Community Church in Troy Michigan for 23 years. She started as a volunteer working back stage on weekends and has transitioned to several different arts and tech jobs within the church leading up to her current position as Production Director. She oversees the technical staff, gear [...]

Troy Bartholomew

When Troy isn’t modeling for the Guru’s website (see Asian guy at digital console), he can be found at Willow Creek Community Church as the Weekend Technical Director. Prior to this position Troy led the production teams in both Student Impact and Axis, Willow Creek’s high school and college ministries. He has a background in [...]

Ben Mankin

While working on his B.S. in Broadcast Production degree, Ben saw a growing need for talented and creative people to lead businesses through the media revolution. To further his technical and production knowledge, Ben worked the television broadcast for Houston Astros games and was nation- ally selected by the Walt Disney World Company for an [...]


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