1. How long have you worked in the industry and what is your background?
I’ve been working professionally in the audio visual industry since 2002, however, I have been working with audio systems since 1992. After high school, I worked at Church of the Mall doing the theater install and running sound there, as well as, run sound for main services and youth services. After that I worked for a church consulting firm for 8 years where we helped several churches with AV systems, finding their right parts and training their volunteers on how to use the systems. I then worked at Life Point and eventually landed here at BCI. I am audio visual sales system engineer focusing on house of worship.
2. Why do you think projection/audio visual is important in a church setting?
In the house of worship setting its really about getting the message or good news heard and seen. [The message] needs to be heard clearly throughout the entire space without distractions and the visual really aids because you’re hearing it and seeing it at the same time. A lot of time many pastors will do a “fill-in-the-blank” with worship and if you’re new to a church or don’t know the song you have the words on the screen so you can sing along with your video reinforcement. Also, in your larger churches, you are a lot farther away from the screens so we are able to use image magnification with the screens and a video camera so you can see the pastor better.
3. Do you see a lot of churches have remote video?
A lot of churches now are using remote video not just for streaming out to people on the internet, but also for multi-site churches. [Some multi-site churches] will have a Saturday night service or a video is made earlier in the week that is pushed out to all the campuses to show that video for a later service. Some churches do stream everything live, have it synched through a clock, and driven through satellite trucks and it is a truly live experience. They can have the worship band, the host in another, and the pastor in another place and every campus get the same feed.
4. Can BCI assist with this?
Yes. At BCI we can help you get technology set up. From anything from helping you set up a basic sound system with a podium mic all the way to the streaming at a multi-site campus.
5. Does BCI train on these systems?
Yes. We are only as good as the end user is trained. So if they don’t know what they are doing we have failed our job.
6. Many House of Worship Facilities are all different sizes how does a smaller church differ from a larger church in terms of equipment?
When we go to a church and we are looking at their needs and their goals, we help custom design a system to fit those needs whether it be a small church to a mega church with multi-site campuses. We can scale the systems to meet the needs of every client.
7. Why should house of worship use an integrator instead of doing it themselves?
With an integrator, you’re going to get a professionally installed system, not just your volunteers who are not trained in wiring. They might know how to solder but might not be the best at soldering. It’s not that they aren’t doing a good job it’s the difference in doing it yourself and a professional. When you do it yourself if you don’t have someone, who’s done integration on staff, you’re seeing a lot of savings up front but you could see a lot of headaches down the road if everything wasn’t perfectly thought out.
I’ve worked in the church environment where we did it all ourselves both with an integrator and buying all the products online. When you have a big staff, you might be able to get away with that/ But when you don’t it really helps to have the integrator as a partner to work and make sure it’s done right
Integrators like BCI, offer custom service plans or if you just need someone to come out and troubleshoot your system.