Nancy Beach is a speaker, author, visionary leader, and champion for the power of the arts and artists in the local church. She served for more than 20 years as the programming director for Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, a congregation known around the world for creating culturally relevant, biblically based services that make full use of the arts.
Dedicated to creating opportunities for artists in the church to use their gifts for effective ministry, her role at Willow included supervision of all aspects of the arts - including worship, music, drama, dance, photography, production, video, and design. Today Nancy continues her role as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek, while also serving as the executive vice president for the arts at the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit organization serving over 12,000 member churches and others, representing 90 denominations in 35 countries. This new responsibility allows her to focus the majority of her time on serving other church arts leaders and their teams in the U.S. and around the world, building a community of Christ-following artists seeking to serve God as they create transformational moments in Sunday morning church services.
A sought-after conference speaker, Nancy uses her teaching gifts to inspire, motivate, and cast vision, while skillfully relating themes of soul transformation with everyday people and experiences. Her latest book, An Hour on Sunday, expresses Nancy's core vision and values for effective arts ministries. Nancy and her husband, Warren, live in Barrington, Illinois, with their two teenage daughters and a cat named Elphaba.
Read Nancy's Gifted for Leadership articles:
– "Finding My Voice" (April 15, 2008)
– "Leading Volunteers" (interview with Nancy) (April 24, 2007)
See Nancy's contributions to our other Christianity Today International resources:
– "More to Worship than Music", Leadership Journal (October 2005)
– "Leading Worship Leaders", Leadership Journal (October 2004)
– "Bring Down That Wall", Leadership Journal (January 2005)
– "Savor the Season", Today's Christian Woman magazine (July 2001)
– "Seeing Green", Today's Christian Woman magazine (September 1999)