Archives: Speakers

Brian McAuliffe

Brian McAuliffe Director of Risk Management, Willow Creek Community Church Bio Brian joined the WCCC team as the Director of Finance and Self-Supporting Ministries in June of 2000.  Within a year, his role expanded and he became the CFO. He became the Director of Operations in April of 2002.  In 2012 he became the Director…

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Stefan Svärd

Stefan Svärd Head Engineer, THOR Bio Stefan has over 19 years of experience in the audio-visual industry.  AVE, his design/build company, blends practical hands-on experience with professional training to install high-performance sound, video & lighting systems that are still affordable and practical for churches.   He started THOR: to work with manufacturers in the design…

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Dave Schwarz

Dave Schwarz Owner, Signature Production Group Bio Dave has worked with a long list of high-level organizations since he first started as a technical producer for McDonald’s Corporation. Dave’s passions are around building teams and creating experiences.  Signature Production Group provides audio, video and lighting equipment primarily for Fortune 500 meetings and events. Dave has played an…

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Nate Krause

Nate Krause Vice President of Design & Technology, Amplio Bio Nate Krause has specialized in church production for more than two decades, currently working as Vice President of Design and Technology for Amplio, an industry leader in church production systems and strategy, based in Palatine, IL. Since co-founding the company in 2013, Nate and Amplio…

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Tracy Nunnally

Tracy Nunnally Professor, Tech Director, Design & Tech Area Head NIU School of Theatre and Dance Bio Tracy Nunnally has worked in professional theatre for over thirty years.  His contributions include all aspects of theatre automation, motion control, rigging, pyrotechnics, special effects, scenery construction, and technical design. Tracy Nunnally’s special interest is rigging, and he…

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Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke Chief Systems Engineer, Willow Creek Community Church Bio Dave has been a part of the Willow Production Staff in various roles since the early 90’s. He currently serves as the Chief Systems Engineer for the South Barrington Campus. While Dave’s experience is rooted in photography & video, his 38 plus years in the…

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Bill Werst

Bill Werst Lighting Systems Engineer, Willow Creek Community Church Bio Bill Werst is responsible for the lighting systems infrastructure and Willow Creek making sure the theatrical lighting systems are operational in all of the venues.  In the Main Auditorium that’s just dimmers and the DMX Ethernet network. His primary areas of responsibility are lighting infrastructure,…

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Alec Takahashi

Alec Takahashi Lighting Designer, Thomas Rhett Bio Alec Takahashi is a Lighting and Production Designer based out of Nashville, TN. Formerly on the creative team at Bayside Church in Northern CA as Lighting Director/Designer; he moved to designing and programming freelance full-time. He has worked with a handful of artists and clients such as For King…

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Todd Elliott

Todd Elliott Founder, FILO Bio Todd is a writer, speaker, technical artist in the local church and founder of FILO. Formerly the Technical Arts Director at Willow Creek Community Church, he started FILO in 2015 to help other technical artists become more effective so that the local church can be more effective. In his free…

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Stefanie Cassetto

Stefanie Cassetto Weekend Producer, Saddleback Church Bio Stefanie serves as the Weekend Producer at Saddleback Church’s Lake Forest campus. She oversees weekend services and large event details for our Worship Center venue. Stefanie believes God does some of his best work through our worship services and large group gatherings. She uses her leadership gifts to…

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