John Spicer

Bio: John Spicer is the audio ministry Director of Seneca Creek Community Church in Gaithersburg MD ( . He has been involved in church audio production for over 20 years and is currently leading an all-volunteer team in pursuit of excellence and the perfect mix.

CPM’s reviewer sits down with the largest frame in the StudioLive Series III, the StudioLive 32, and reports on its church-minded capabilities and features. more

Sep 28, 2017 10:36 AM Gear

How will you and your team respond when the audio system goes down? Trouble-shooting is usually the lead tech's job. But what role should the team play? more

, Education 4 Comments

If a job well done means the technology works seamlessly with no distractions, why do we get so frustrated when our efforts aren’t acknowledged? more

Ministry 4 Comments

After spending many hours pouring over the Allen & Heath dLive system, we find it a fantastic addition to the company’s lineup. This console series offers a range of features and capabilities that fit into multiple church production environments. more

Aug 18, 2016 10:48 PM Gear

How do you respond when a congregation member tries to tell you how to do your job? Doing tech can be tough, thankless and a focal point of criticism. The problem with this is that we sometimes deny our own humanity. more

Ministry 4 Comments

It was surprising to find features on this desk such as gain tracking, digital tube emulation, and touch-sensitive controls. more

Apr 5, 2016 9:04 PM Gear

Would you feel like a traitor saying “no” to next year’s Christmas production? If your work load reduced this past year’s Christmas celebration to a single day, perhaps it’s time to take pause and pray. more


We understand our technical world and how it supports the worship service, but, can we point its affect in people's lives? The kind of feedback can be hard to come by. more

Ministry 2 Comments

If I am not listening to the congregation with an ear towards their participation, how can I make sure that there is room for them in the mix? more

Education 4 Comments

Sennheiser indicates that in an ideal environment, up to 15 radio links are possible. more

Sep 24, 2015 3:55 PM , Gear

Tracks Live is easy to use, reliable, and without the complexity found in many of today’s software-based tracking solutions. more

Aug 26, 2015 8:35 PM Gear

If God is able to create our skills and our desire for service, surely we can trust His timing. more

Ministry 3 Comments

I missed the opportunity to learn about something that a different engineer was doing, because I was too busy thinking about what I didn’t like or would have done differently. more

Education 5 Comments

Here's how to use compression to draw people’s attention to specific parts in the sonic presentation instead of simply correcting for erratic dynamic ranges. more

Education 1 Comments

I’m learning to allow my internal artist the freedom to create, to learn, and to fail, without allowing my internal engineer to pronounce judgment. more

Ministry 1 Comments

The best sets seem to take the least amount of effort to actually mix. It seems the slower that my hands moved the better the mix sounds. more


Instead of Christmas being the exception, maybe it should be the proof that we are in the habit of doing things right. more


The relationship between a band and a tech will follow very closely to the relationship modeled between the tech director and the worship pastor. more

Education 2 Comments

I remembered that set because I mixed it and I left disappointed in how it turned out. Now, here was God showing me first hand that His definition of excellence, not mine, is what matters. more

Ministry 8 Comments

You know the ‘knobology ‘ of our gear and the technical routine to make the service happen. We consider those to be our gifts. But I believe an oft-neglected aspect of our gifts is a God-given passion to use them, invest in them and grow them. I t... more

Education 2 Comments

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