Marius van Heerden
Scenic Designer, Willow Creek Community Church
Marius was born in South Africa, but immigrated and made Chicago home for the last 10 years with his wife and 4 wonderful children, (they now have 4, in-law kids and 3½ grandchildren). He started serving on the stage set production team at Willow Creek about 8 years ago and has been on staff with them for the last 6 years. He loves to take someone’s vision of a stage set on paper and make it a reality and then watch how it impacts with the Word of God that is shared from that stage.
Marius’s role on the team is to be the lead set-builder and help with some of the design concepts to make the seemingly impossible ideas possible. He also leads a team of volunteers that come in faithfully every week to serve on the production team. He does anything from creating, forming and painting pink foam and wood all the way to rigging and hanging of the sets that we build on stage.