MAY 11-12, 2021


4 main sessions…and you don’t have to worry about production at all! 45+ breakout classes to stretch our minds and hearts. 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 2020-05-11 12:30:00 2020-05-12 17:00:00 CST FILO Conference 2021 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. Stockholm, Sweden FILO


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Details are subject to change.


June 1, 2020 – February 24, 2021
  • Individual
  • Group 4+


Early Bird Pricing
February 25, 2021 – April 12, 2021
  • Individual
  • Group 4+
Registration Pricing
April 13, 2021 – May 12, 2021
  • Individual
  • Group 4+


“It’s clear that the FILO team has a love for the church’s technical artists and a desire for their care, encouragement and development.”

“Worship was the thing that was most unexpectedly awesome and refreshing! I also loved the breakout sessions’ content and the community of the tech tribe!”

“It just keeps getting better and better. I look forward to bringing my team again next year, I cannot begin to put into words the impact this conference has on my team.”

“The main sessions were great!!! Felt as if the speakers were speaking just to me. FILO feels like a home away from home. Having attended for several years, I can say I feel richly rejuvenated and inspired when I leave.”

“Our team left excited about many of the things they learned and the camaraderie and relationship-building that happens when we get away for two days with several of our volunteers is invaluable.”

“Wonderful experience. I’ve been to Catalyst, Mosaic, Hillsong, and a few others. But none were tailored to be so relatable to me as a tech person. This is special.”
Frequently Asked Questions
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.

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 faculty, 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!

Will FILO 2021 Chicago be an in-person event or a streamed event?

FILO 2021 Chicago will be an in-person event held at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. As we get closer to the dates of the event, we will determine if this plan is still possible due to the global pandemic Covid-19 crisis. We will keep you up to date as we have any info or changes to communicate. Your safety is our top priority!

If the event changes from in-person to online due to the pandemic, will I need to exchange my ticket?

No! The ticket that you purchase today is valid for whichever format FILO 2021 Chicago ends up being: in-person or online.


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.

Accounting | Event Operations
Joanne serves as the Production Operations Director and Midweek Producer at Willow Creek's main campus. She started out as a volunteer stagehand at Willow over 34 years ago and joined the staff team about 20 years ago! She's been part of the FILO team since the beginning and absolutely loves playing a part in serving technical artists thru the FILO Conference and whatever else the FILO team cooks up! When she's not working she loves hanging out in her backyard, or better yet, the northwoods of Wisconsin with her family and her adorable pup.
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Worship Leader
Delwin Eiland is a husband to Ashlee and a dad of three. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. When he isn’t working, he enjoys running, cooking, donuts with his son and a weekly dance party with his wife and children.
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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 time he enjoys being inspired by Winston Churchill speeches and visiting the gravesites of U.S. presidents. Residing near Chicago, he and his wife Bissy have three kids and a dog...none of whom are into production.
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Event Host
After making his living in theater for 10+ years, Dave Hunter moved into the video production world armed with a wealth of visual storytelling experience. For years he has traveled the world producing videos for businesses and non-profits for marketing, training, and advertising purposes. Dave still performs improv comedy monthly with GreenRoom Improv, which currently has two resident theater locations. He and his wife Martine live outside of Chicago, IL and have 3 beautiful daughters.
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Staffing | Breakouts
Caleb Loeppky has been working in live event production for the local church for over 10 years. He is a technical artist that loves creativity and pushing the bar of excellence for teams around him. His heart is to create resources that help connect, inspire, and develop technical artists in the local church. One of his favorite things is to see other technical artists in the local church thrive in their positions and make the church better every day. He currently serves on the FILO Core team coordinating breakouts for the conferences across the United States and leads the FILO Staffing Division partnered with Slingshot Group. In addition to his work with FILO, he is the Production Director for a 7 campus multisite church in the Chicagoland area. Caleb and his wife Cassy live in the Chicago Suburbs with their three incredible kids Nora, Jaxon, and Asher. When Caleb isn’t out doing live production, he loves spending time with his family and smoking some great BBQ at home.
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Technical Producer
Nate is a Project Manager with Amplio Systems. Formerly the Video Systems Engineer with Willow Creek Community Church as well as Technical Director with Willow Creek Huntley. He is passionate about creating dynamic technical teams, utilizing innovative gear, and developing effective work processes. He and his wife Suzanne have two amazing sons. As a family, they enjoy fun vacations and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
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Project Manager
Kala was a graphic designer in the past and is excited to bring her customer service skills to FILO. She is passionate about event management and gets her scoop on the FILO community through her husband Nick, the Technical Director at Willow Creek Church in Huntley. Kala serves as a volunteer in the children's ministry at their church. She loves the color orange, coaching Cross Country at Jacobs High School, video-gaming with her husband, playing with her daughter, walking her dog, and eating ice cream.
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Chief Operations Officer
Between having worked in the technical arts for a decade at Willow Creek Community Church and now being married to an audio engineer, Chelsea easily relates to the FILO tribe. In 2016, Chelsea realized that serving the FILO community was exactly where God wanted her. She has a strong passion for training and equipping the FILO tribe and her heart explodes when they all gather together and worship at events. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys eating at new gourmet restaurants with her husband, marathon shopping trips with her sister and snuggles with her pups.
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Business Development
Sarah is in the Business of Developing strong partnerships with the best organizations that can help our FILO tribe get the right solutions to their church tech needs. When not making these magical connections, Sarah lives in spreadsheets, data analysis, and graph making. As a distraction from all things nerdy, she does digital art, (sometimes "real" art,) and immerses herself into sci-fi (including all the Dr. Who-s) and a ridiculous amount of comedy TV, which she approaches as if it were a team sport with her family.
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Event Host
Aubrey is Executive Producer and Director of Programming and Production at Willow Crystal Lake and has been on staff for 13 years. She is passionate about the teams that make weekend life at churches happen and she loves our FILO community. Aubrey and her husband Matt have 3 adorable daughters. She is convinced that in another life she will go to culinary school and become a famous chef. Until then, she loves all things food - from cooking classes to chef-ing it up in her own kitchen.
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