Meet the New Willow Creek Associate President…

The Willow Creek Association welcomes it’s new president, Gary Schwammiein.  Here’s more about him from the WCA blog:

Gary Schwammlein has been faithfully building God’s kingdom at WCA for more than 16 years. Gary’s vision, leadership and passion for the local church have been among the reasons The Global Leadership Summit is currently in more than 100 countries around the world.


Why did you originally join the WCA? I joined as Executive Vice President of International in 1996. I had a clear calling from God to leave my position in the marketplace and invest the rest of my life building the Kingdom of God.

What excites you most about this new role?  Advancing the GLS locally and globally for the sake of the Church keeps my passion hot! I love seeing biblically-functioning churches and changed lives through a relationship with Christ.

What’s one thing you want every person reading this to know? There is nothing more beautiful than a local church when it’s working right.

Where are you from originally? I grew up in Germany, in a town called Coburg–in beautiful Bavaria.

What is your favorite dessert? Every dessert is my favorite. Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi? Neither!

How would you describe your family? My wife comes from Minnesota. I have three married children, all who walk with the Lord and six grand children. I also have two brothers living in Germany.

Do you believe the local church is the hope of the world? More than ever–when it’s working right!

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