As Willow Creek Association’s 2013 Global Leadership Summit came to a close, President Jim Mellado passed the baton of leadership to Gary Schwammlein, founder of WCA’s international division. Mellado, who served WCA for 21 years, leaves to take the reins of Compassion International, one of the largest child sponsorship organizations in the world.
“Bill Hybels, senior pastor and founder of Willow Creek Community Church, told me in 1992 they were launching a new training organization to help local churches reach their full potential,” says Mellado. “He issued a challenge to me to leave my position as a mechanical engineer at Amoco to do something really significant with my life.” Mellado says that over the years, Hybels mentored him in leading, speaking, and vision casting. “He seared critical values and skills into my leadership DNA.”
“Jimmy Mellado is one of the finest leaders I know,” says Hybels. “Working with him has been one of the great joys of my life. His leadership has taken WCA from a foundling team in 1992 to a multi-faceted international organization that is having profound kingdom impact in churches all over the world today. Compassion International is gaining a gifted, humble leader who listens closely to God’s whispers, one who will lead them well into this next era.”
WCA welcomes Gary Schwammlein
Stepping into the role of president of WCA is Gary Schwammlein, founder of the WCA’s international division. Schwammlein left a significant marketplace career 17 years ago because of his passion to see local churches reach their full redemptive potential.