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TAMPA’S JOURNEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH LOOKS TO GUITAR CENTER PROFESSIONAL FOR ITS NEW WORSHIP FACILITY’S UNIQUE A/V NEEDS

— GC Pro provides crucial help in choosing technology products for audio, projection video, acoustical treatment and lighting for church’s new worship space —

— From the “vision-casting? stage through supervising the systems installation and integration, GC Pro works as a close partner with ministries to assure that they have the right technologies and systems for what they currently need, in addition to being ready for future expansion and upgrades —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, April 21, 2009 — When Journey Christian Church made the decision to invest in a brand new facility, it chose Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, as its partner to provide a wide range of A/V products, support and consultation. Journey looked to GC Pro to make certain that the new sanctuary’s technology systems would be at the cutting edge of today’s standards and to prepare the church for future systems upgrades as its technical ministry expands. As part of Journey’s new facility, GC Pro collaborated with the church’s leaders in choosing and supervising the installation of systems that covered all aspects of A/V technology.

• Audio systems include a JBL VERTEC® VRX flown line array P.A. system including subs, a large complement of both wired and wireless microphones from Shure and Sennheiser and acoustical control elements from Primacoustic™, which were integrated with sanctuary design elements to produce both beautiful and practical solutions to deal with the complex acoustic nature of the space.

• Theatrical lighting systems include a Leprecon® LP-X24 DMX lighting console, Altman Illumination Fresnel lighting fixtures and Elation PAR64 fixtures, as well as a dimming system for the architectural lighting and rigging for the theatrical lighting.

• Video components include a Dalite Cinema Contour Projection Screen, an Eiki LCX-80 SXVGA HD video projector, a Kramer VP-728 Pro Scale 9-input scaler/switcher presentation controller and a Gefen video distribution system over CAT-5 cabling. This system fulfills the church’s diverse projection needs, which include words for worship, sermon notes, video/special content playback and IMAG image magnification. Successful integration of the system components was especially tricky, as they must be operationally practical yet visually inconspicuous.

Additionally, all systems are managed and protected by Furman power sequencing systems, which turn systems on and off in a safe, ordered manner.

The products and systems are just part of what GC Pro offers churches, notes Mick Hall, GC Pro Account Manager in Tampa. “We worked with Journey, as we do with all of our church clients, from the conceptual ‘vision-casting’/pre-planning stage, right through installation and after-the-sale training for the equipment.? During the seven-month-long project, Hall met regularly with the church’s architects, electricians, general contractor and other key principals to make sure that all systems and infrastructure were properly integrated into the finished building.

Furthermore, GC Pro and Hall recommended and supervised the installation of additional cabling that would allow the church to add new systems, such as distributed audio and video, image magnification and digital cameras, as the needs of the ministry grow. “We also made sure the audio console had enough additional channels that it could accommodate the church’s music as the number of musicians increased,? says Hall.

Hall is equally proud of the fact that, as part of its philosophy of partnering with its worship clients in shaping the technical ministry’s visions and choosing technologies, GC Pro also encourages the members of the church at all levels to participate in the implementation of those technologies. “We had members of the congregation in there with us pulling wires and helping in every way they could,? says Hall. “That kind of involvement really gets the congregation excited as it gives them an opportunity to serve and become directly involved in the project. For churches, major improvements and new building projects represent more than just structures and gear. Encouraging the church membership to become involved in the process not only saves the church money, but it also strengthens the ministry by building teamwork and a sense of community.?

The success of the project is neatly summed up by Journey Christian Church Pastor Keith Chandler, who stated, “We were at a crucial crossroads – we had been meeting in a local school for many years, and now we needed a dedicated, aesthetically complementary building, with top-quality sound, light and video components, but we also needed to stay within our budget. We selected GC Pro and Mick Hall because of their expertise, knowledge and understanding of system design for worship and ministry. Our new building not only looks great, but the systems Mick selected make everything feel like home.?

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