A popular mega-church in suburban Chicago has named two successors to longtime Senior Pastor Bill Hybels – and one of them is a woman.
Heather Larson, 42, serving as executive pastor at Willow Creek Community Church for the past five years, has now been elevated to lead pastor, while 38-year-old Steve Carter will assume the role of teaching pastor.
According to a Willow Creek press release, senior pastor Bill Hybels, who founded the church in 1975, will continue coaching and developing these leaders until he transitions off the church staff in October 2018. This will be a new leadership structure for WCCC that replaces the role of senior pastor with two new roles, one focused on leadership and the other on teaching.
Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland does not believe this is the first time Willow Creek has been "a theological negative" for the American church landscape.
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