Willow Creative

Welcome to the Summit

We come to the Summit each year because this unique gathering lifts our ordinary thinking, points us toward new perspectives, and inspires us to dream differently. The ambition of our creativity is the same, and that's why it is deeply woven into the fabric of the Summit experience.

Our aim is to utilize all different mediums—dance, spoken word, design, film, and more—to shape moments that help us see, feel, and explore new horizons. Creativity births the environment in which we breath deeply, engage with God, and are stirred toward action. 



Meet the creatives who have contributed to The Global Leadership Summit:


Lecrae is a Grammy award-winning hip hop artist who uses his music to share the hope he has in Christ with raw authenticity. Such authenticity has been the hallmark of his 7 studio albums and multiple mixtapes, now nearing the 2 million mark in sales, with the acclaimed artist winning a Billboard Music Award, multiple BET, Soul Train, and Dove awards and even an Honorary Doctorate of music to go along with his 2 Grammy wins. Lecrae visited Willow Creek in 2016. Learn more about Lecrae here.


Brian and Jenn Johnson are co-founders of Bethel Music, WorshipU, and have been integral in the production of over fifteen albums that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. They are committed to raising healthy family, cultivating community, and fostering unity among worship leaders from around the world. Together they are passionate about raising up worshippers who take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. Learn more about Brian and Jenn here.



Michael Jr. seeks to bring laughter to dark places, giving the gift of joy to those who need it most. His television appearances include The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live Comedy Central, and more. He has visited prisons and worked with children in need—bringing a message of hope in adverse circumstance. Michael Jr. has brought his jokes to the Summit before, and he is excited to return—with a few new tricks up his sleeve! Learn more about Michael Jr. here.


Fatai was introduced to the stage at the age of 7 and has never looked back. Having grown up in a musical family in Melbourne, Austrailia, she was always surrounded by music and was encouraged to find new heights and depth in her voice. Fourteen years on, Fatai’s voice is heard by millions around the world on TV, radio, and across the world wide web. Fatai is part of the Willow Worship team and uses her gifts to bring creative arrangements and captivating vocals to song each week. Learn more about Fatai here.



Bob Wood is an 81-year-old guitarist whose videos went viral on YouTube. Bob first visited Willow Creek at DadFest 2017, gracing Willow attenders with his talent and his focus and passion for family. View Bob's appearance here.




Sharon Irving
is a songstress, songwriter, spoken word artist, worship leader, and actress. Sharon has been a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois for several years, has contributed songs and words of hope before thousands at liturgical and corporate events, youth conferences, in small clubs and intimate settings all over the country, even at the Angola Prison in Angola, Louisiana. Learn more about Sharon here.



Justin King is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, producer, and composer whose pioneering style as an acoustic guitarist earned him international recognition early in his career. Justin currently resides in Oregon where he creates music for film and television as well as continuing to produce his personal work. Justin's other projects include photojournalism work in Iraq, Haiti and South Africa and working with his family's company, King Estate Winery, in Oregon. Learn more about Justin King here.


Special Friends is a ministry at Willow Creek that expresses God's extravagant love and unleashes God-given ability to kids, teens, and adults with disabilities. Through world-class, sensory-friendly space, the Special Friends programs at Willow South Barrington help those with special needs fully engage in the life of the church through small groups, teaching, serving, and performing. Our Special Friends put their talents on display during a musical production that captivates your heart and expands your compassion. Learn more about Special Friends here.


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