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John Elmer

John Elmer is the media services manager for Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he has served for ten years. He has more than twenty years of multimedia experience, primarily in broadcast and cable television, but also in sound and lighting for theater, public events, and churches. His duties at the seminary include all audio- and video-related activities, including the daily chapel livecast, promotions, events, and production of resources for the classroom. He is married with five children and attends Promise Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

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The First Step in Purchasing Audio and Visual Equipment for Your Church

By John Elmer | May 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Before electricity, churches were architecturally designed to carry sound and light into the worship space. While modern architects often factor natural sound and window fixtures into their church designs, many sanctuaries are nothing more than drywall boxes with vaulted ceilings that may carry sound, but not well, and certainly not with clarity. The windows along the sides of the nave help illuminate hymnals, but without large stained-glass expanses featured above the chancel, seeing the pastor or the altar can be a challenge.

Enter the modern lighting and sound reinforcement system. Some form of modern sound and lighting system can be found in almost every church today. Whether you are seeking the latest digital sound and LED lighting system or just need to amplify a single microphone, chances are you will engage in purchasing sound or lighting equipment for your sanctuary at some point.

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