Willow Creek is led by a board of Elders who provide spiritual oversight, accountability, and overall direction for the church. These godly men and women are nominated by the church and serve in four-year terms. Each spring, Willow’s congregation nominates Willow Creek members to step into the role of those Elders whose terms are concluding.
Meet this year’s candidates!
Pam Orr and her husband, Barrie, live in Hoffman Estates and began attending Willow in 1989. They have four children: Hannah, Jake, Caleb, and Liz. Pam is the associate director for a local nonprofit organization that provides housing, financial training, and mentoring to single moms.
Pam served previously on the Elder board and has also served in Elevate, women’s daytime classes, Promiseland, and PADS. Her spiritual gifts include leadership, discernment, and teaching.
Michael Riddle has been a part of Willow Creek since 1989. His years in Willow’s young adult ministry in the late 90s and early 2000s were deeply formative for him, helping him develop his character, catch the vision of an Acts 2 community—and find Jen, his wife. Michael and Jen live in Palatine with their four children: Autumn, Ashlyn, Benjamin, and Joshua. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University and works in the financial industry as an executive for a futures exchange startup company.
Michael has served in Sonlight Express (Elevate), Information Systems, the WCA, Axis, Blitz Build serving trips, Global Connections, and the Care Center. His spiritual gifts include leadership, wisdom, and administration.
Brian Johnson has attended Willow Creek since he was in junior high school. He has had multiple volunteer experiences within Willow and at other organizations, and his spiritual gifts include giving, faith, and leadership. He works for a company that provides non-profit organizations, parachurch ministries, and churches with a technical platform solution to help them serve and grow the people they are serving.
Brian and his wife, Jorie, live in Barrington and have three daughters: Kylie, Avery, and Cameryn. Brian served previously on Willow’s Elder board, and has also served on other special projects and committees.
Thirty days to respond
According to Willow’s by-laws, members have 30 days to express any concerns about these individuals to the candidates directly. If no validated concerns are raised, the candidates will begin their four-year terms at the end of the 30-day period. If you are a member of Willow Creek and you have a concern about one of these candidates, please contact him or her directly by May 31.