Willow Creek’s Elders are nominated by the congregation and serve according to the role of an Elder laid out in Scripture. To learn about the characteristics, skills, commitment, and duties of an Elder, read Willow’s Elder qualifications.
Barb has attended Willow Creek for more than30 years and began attending Willow North Shore in 2017. She currently serves with Safe Families and the Prison Ministry, and previously served with human trafficking, global hospitality, neighborhood tables, global serving teams, Promiseland, marriage, Moms through Adoption, and the infertility support group. Her spiritual gifts include wisdom and discernment.
Greg is currently the Associate Dean for Leadership Studies and Professor of Leadership at Trinity International University. He and his wife, Donna, have attended the South Barrington campus for many years and have served in various roles in their section and as small group leaders.
Gary DeClute began attending Willow in 2000 and currently attends Willow Wheaton. He has served in a number of roles on the sports ministry team, Care Center team, prayer team, and visitation pastoral team. Currently, Gary serves as a men’s small group leader. He has worked and served as an Executive Director for a sports ministry organization. His spiritual gifts include teaching, leadership, administration, and shepherding.
In 1993, at age 14, Simon gave his life to Christ through the Student Impact ministry shortly after moving from the UK to the South Barrington area. He moved away from Chicago upon graduation from Northwestern, ending up in Boston where he met his wife Stephanie. God however called them back to the Chicago area and Willow where he has used his gifts of leadership, administration, and giving to serve in a number of ministries including small groups, sections, Promiseland, and C.A.R.S. Simon is the Chief Revenue Officer at Groupon. He and Stephanie currently live in Inverness with their four children and they all attend the South Barrington campus.
Tammy Kelley began attending Willow in 2001. She currently attends Willow Huntley where she serves on the Sunday morning operations team and the Campus Advisory Council. She has experience in executive-level leadership, human resources, and management consulting. Her spiritual gifts include leadership, apostleship, and administration.
Jeff has attended Willow Creek South Barrington for 27 years, serving in Promiseland in the Age 4/Pre-K room. His spiritual gifts include discernment, wisdom, and leadership.
Sophia Narasimhan began attending Willow South Barrington in 1996, but increased her involvement in 2002 when she began facilitating women’s Bible studies. She served as a junior high ministry small group and point leader for nine years and currently serves as a high school ministry small-group leader. She works as an IT audit senior manager. Her spiritual gifts include leadership, pastoring, teaching, and wisdom.
In order to best equip individuals to serve as Elders, they undergo one year of training prior to their serving term. When the congregation nominates and affirms Elders, they become “Elders in Training,” participating in Elder meetings and trainings but do not have a vote on the board until they are fully installed. Future Elders in training will be listed below.