With Senior Pastor and church founder Bill Hybels completing a multiyear succession plan and transition from church leadership, elders of Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) named Heather Larson as lead pastor and Steve Carter as lead teaching pastor. Hybels will continue coaching and developing these leaders until he transitions off the church staff in October 2018. The new leadership structure replaces the role of senior pastor with two new roles, one focused on leadership and the other on teaching.