May 21-22, 2019

Willow Creek Community Church – South Barrington, IL

FILO 2019 Platinum Sponsors

Two Great Days

4 main sessions…and you don’t have to worry about production at all! 55 breakout classes to stretch our minds and hearts. Hundreds of like-minded technical artists hanging out together. These have the potential to be the best two days of your entire year!

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Add to My Calendar 2019-05-21 12:30:00 2019-05-22 15:45:00 CST FILO Conference 2019 FILO is designed for the community of technical artists who serve the local church. Whether volunteer or staff, FILO aims to provide skill development, community and inspiration to equip technical artists to become effective contributors to their local church. Willow Creek Community Church; 67 East Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010 FILO


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Details are subject to change.


Pricing Through May 21
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  • Group 4+

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10:30a - 12:30p

Session 1

12:30p - 1:45p

Breakout A

2:15p - 3:15p

Breakout B

3:45p - 4:45p

Breakout C

5:15p - 6:15p


(Available for
Purchase On Site)

6:15p - 7:45p

Session 2

7:45p - 9:00p

Sponsor Booths Open

8:00a - 9:00a

Session 3

9:00a - 10:00a

Breakout D

10:30a - 11:30a


(Available for
Purchase On Site)

11:30a - 1:00p

Breakout E

1:00p - 2:00p

Session 4

2:30p - 3:45p

To be honest, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from having FILO 2018 at Willow Creek. That place is huge! And we thought it would swallow up our event. We were wrong! Willow’s main campus turned out to be an ideal place for FILO to grow and expand in 2018 and we love that we’re back again in 2019! We’ll be expanding into some of the rooms that were under construction last year and filling those spaces with all new breakouts. Being in the same venue two years in a row will also help learn from last year and make this year’s FILO Conference even better!


Willow Creek Community Church
Entrance D
67 East Algonquin Road – South Barrington, IL 60010


“My soul has been parched for several reasons and worship was water to my soul in a way that it couldn’t be back home. I didn’t have to think about anything but connecting with my God and it was glorious! ”

“You guys really gave me a break. I just wanted to lay down and rest because finally, I didn’t have to do anything… I was able to find myself again after serving in sound for nearly 28 years. I just felt a pinch of being human again!!!!!”

“FILO, for me personally, is a mandatory event. I can’t imagine a healthy work-life experience without it. It fuels the development of my team afterwards too, with the downloads of the main session videos and audio of the breakouts, in a way that my church leadership values deeply.”

“I realized I was losing my passion for doing sound in ministry. This event sparked the flame again… I knew I wasn’t the only person facing some of the issues and being among others that “Get it” was refreshing… So was sitting in a service and not worrying about anything!!!”

“My personal goal is to double the number of people for next year that I brought this year.”

“I found insights and perspectives that were totally new to me as well as challenges that I can’t wait to unpack with my team now that I am getting back to the typical work week and gearing up for the weekend.”

Where to stay

Finding a good hotel can be tricky. Here are a few local recommendations. For any questions, discount inquiries, or for help with booking air or car transportation, please contact Steve Shoup with Eclectic Escape Travel, LLC.


2825 Greenspoint Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 882-4301

2280 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195
(847) 744-5110

2875 Greenspoint Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 220-5169

Frequently Asked Questions
Who is FILO Conference for?

Anyone involved in technology in his or her local church. Audio or lighting, staff or volunteer, beginner or expert, everyone is encouraged to attend. There will be something for everyone. While technical artists are the focus of FILO, worship pastors, music directors, lead pastors, creative directors or anyone who works with technical artists is more than welcome to attend.

Why does it cost so much?

Your registration helps us produce an event worth coming to! We bring in top-notch speakers and teachers, who are veterans at getting their hands dirty in the nitty-gritty of production life. Our goal is to create an experience that will refresh and inspire those who come!

Are meals included?

Meals are not included with the cost of registration. Meals will be available for pre-purchase at a future date. Stay tuned!

Who is behind FILO Conference?

After the Gurus of Tech conferences came to an end, there was no other event that was laser-focused on the technical artist in the local church. Todd Elliott, the former Technical Arts Director at Willow Creek Community Church, rounded up a team of people to help fill the void and bring you the First In Last Out Conference.

A one-day FOH mixing event for the engineer, the musician, and the creative.

MxU will be in Chicago at Willow Creek, the day before FILO! Over the past three years, this combination has proven to be a great pairing for our attendees. It’s no mistake that MxU and FILO have worked to schedule these two events back to back at the same venue. Attending both is a great investment for you and your team.

You’ll learn from three of the world’s top worship audio engineers: Andrew Stone (Church on the Move and touring veteran), Jeff Sandstrom (Chris Tomlin, Passion and North Point), and Lee Fields (Lincoln Brewster and Bayside Church). Come and get an up close and personal look at the how, what, and WHY they do what they do.

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The FILO Core Team

It takes many amazing people to pull off such a great event, many of whom are volunteers! Check out the core team of people who make FILO a success.

Todd Elliott
Chelsea Pribyl
Chief Operations Officer
Sarah Trommer
Business Development
Caleb Loeppky
Joanne Botten
Jodi Niesley
Nate Parker
Technical Producer
Delwin Eiland
Worship Leader
Aubrey Wentz
Dave Hunter

If you have any questions about FILO 2019, please contact us directly. We will respond within 48 hours.