GroupLife at Willow Creek

At Willow, we believe life transformation happens best in community—and we live that out through small groups and section communities. While we can't meet in person now, we encourage you to find a digital group here.

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Small Groups

Be known. Become more.

Nothing is better than community. Whether you are brand new to following Jesus or have been for years, we believe that the intentional relationships you find in a small group are the ideal place to connect and grow.

We want to help you find a place to truly belong, to celebrate the joys of life and to weather the storms together. And, we want you to become who God made you to be through personal and spiritual growth.

Getting started in community is simple. 



If you missed GroupLaunch, but you’re ready to dive in, find a digital group here. It's a simple way to explore our open groups.


Lead a Group

If you’re interested in starting your own group, or being a small group leader, we would love to help you with everything you need to get off to a great start! Click here to fill out a brief leader application and someone from the Group Life team will be in touch with you shortly to start your process.

If you have questions, please get in touch: [email protected].

Section Communities

Making big church feel small.

We were created to be in relationship with others, but in a big church it can be difficult to know where to start. At Willow, whether you are looking for a small group or just wanting to meet some people, we make it easy by beginning where you sit in church. Each section in our Main Auditorium has a pastor over it —a Section Leader—who leads that community toward greater connection with each other and greater connection with God


How do I get connected in a Willow South Barrington section community?

  1. Choose a seating section where you would like to connect by viewing the map below.
  2. Meet the section leader. You can spot him or her standing at the back of the section after the service, wearing a black lanyard. The section leader can introduce you to others in that section and send you email updates on activities in their community.
  3. Attend section quick connects after a weekend service to get connected and involved in the community.
    Questions? Email [email protected]

How do small groups relate to section communities?

Many people at Willow are part of a small group—a gathering of friends that meet regularly to grow spiritually and walk alongside one another in good times and bad. Small groups often sit together during church as part of the same section community. The easiest way to get connected in a small group is by getting to know others near you in a section community.

Affinity Groups

Women • Men • Cancer Support

Connect with others who understand what it's like to be where you're at! Women of Willow are invited to join a class and grow in their faith through a class or night of encouragement—learn more here. Men are invited to connect with others through Basecamp, a digital gathering to equip you in your faith—learn more here.  Whether you are directly or indirectly affected by a cancer diagnosis, Cancer Support is a safe place for individuals—and their families—to share with one another, support one another, and learn together from their experiences. Learn more here.

Section Communities

wc-sections-main-floor Stage 101 104 B 102 F 102 B 103 B 105 B 106 B 103 F 104 F 105 F 106 F 107 Main Floor
wc-sections-mezzanine 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 Mezzanine
wc-sections-upper-deck 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 Balcony
  • Main Floor

  • Denise Nichols Focus: Multi-Generational
    Section 101/102
  • Natalia Varghese Strengths: Families
    Section 103F
  • Karen & Bill Murray
    Section 104F & 105F
  • Charlene Hwang Strengths: International Community
    Section 104B & 105B
  • Matt & Mary Lossau
    Section 106 107
  • Mezzanine

  • Bethany Fleming Strengths: Couples
    Section 201 202 203
  • LaVerne Weber Focus: Everyone Welcome, Always.
    Section 204
  • Paul Halco Focus: Multi-Generational & Radically Relational
    Section 205 206
  • Jennifer Forshee Focus: Multi-Generational
    Section 207 208 209
  • Main Floor

  • Kurt Kim & Sarah Yoon
    Section  102F 103F
  • Chris Egner & Jamie Moe Strengths: Families
    Section 102B 103B
  • Denny & Laura Grim Focus: Welcoming Guests
    Section 104
  • Krista Budzisz Focus: Families | Palatine & Hoffman
    Section 105
  • Michelle Pilafas Strengths: Special Friends
    Section 106
  • Mezzanine

  • Mike Noverini Focus: Serving the Under-Resourced
    Section 201 202
  • Erin Lonard Focus:: Creatives
    Section 203 204
  • Denis Beausejour Strengths: Young Couples & Families
    Section 205
  • Mary Alice Lindvall Focus: Serving Locally & Globally
    Section 206
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    Ray Rasmussen Strengths: Motorcycle Community
    Section 207
  • Doug Cogswell Focus: Discipleship
    Section 208 209
  • Main Floor

  • Juan & Sandy Sepulveda
    Section 102F
  • Ravi Narasimhan Strengths: Multi-Ethnic
    Section 103F 104F
  • Maria Nelson Focus: Building Healthy Families
    Section 103B 104B
  • Iwona Banasik Strengths: Polish Community
    Section 105B
  • Trent & Alexandrea Steidinger Focus: Welcoming Guests
    Section 105F 106F 107
  • Michelle Pilafas Focus: Multi-Generational
    Section 106B
  • Mezzanine

  • Joan Hoffman
    Section 201 202
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    Young Adults
    Section 101/103
  • Jeanne Korbakis Strengths: Serving
    Section 204 205
  • Leader Coming Soon
    Section 206
  • Diane Vogelgesang Strengths: Building Stronger Marriages
    Section 207 208 209
  • Balcony

  • Joe & Shiny George Strengths: International Diversity
    Section 301- 304
  • Melissa Alvarez & Deiby Guzman
    Section 305-309