Tribe: Church Tech Team Development Summit presented by Church Production LIVE!

What is Tribe?

Regardless of the church size, church techs often find themselves in similar situations. They find themselves fighting similar battles where they are expected to generate world-class productions on third-world budgets and volunteer staff.

They are under constant pressure to communicate with non-technical leaders about why projects take so long and can be so expensive. They also tend to be introverts who are thrust into positions of leadership where they are expected to build and train teams while assuming the role of spiritual and ministry leader.

If  this sounds like your situation, you’re a member of the Tribe.

Join us May 7-8, 2018 at Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, Tex. For Tribe: Church Tech Team Development Summit, presented by Church Production LIVE! and sponsored by Summit Integrated, Chroma-Q, Yamaha, Sennheiser, and MyMix.
The Why of Technical Arts Ministry
Ever thought about why we do what we do? This session explores what it means to go deep in the technical arts ministry and take it beyond a surface level function. We’ll discuss adult learning theory, how it can apply to teaching others through our services, and four guiding principles for the technical arts ministry. — Gail Lueck, Tech Team Lead, White Flag Church, St. Louis, MO
ChurchTech: Money Pit? How to Fight Negative Perceptions in Technical Ministry
No matter what you might believe, the fact is perception is reality. Unfortunately, a perception of technical ministry is that of a money pit. Find out in this session how to change these perceptions and present your technical ministry in a more positive way to your church. — Will Chapman, Media Outreach Minister, Cottonwood Creek Church, Allen, TX
You are Created to Lead
God has created you to be a kingdom leader and He has called you to build His kingdom by developing people and leveraging technology. In this session we will talk about the calling that you and the leaders on your team have to reach people, empower leaders, and build God’s kingdom through the use of worship technologies. — Chris Kozen, Live Production Director, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, TX
Stages and Strategies for Master Mixing
In this session, veteran audio engineer David Stagl will share his roadmap for audio engineers to improve and master their craft along with some practical strategies to help them get there.— David Stagl, Audio Production, Training, & Advising, Stagl Productions
The Anatomy of a Team

Are you seeking “the secret sauce” to propel your team to a consistent level of excellence and organic growth? Perhaps, the missing ingredient is an unhealthy focus on tasks rather than discipling those we are assigned to lead and serve. In this session, we will discuss the anatomy of things that grow and leave with the components necessary to develop and lead healthy teams.— Dexter Nutall, Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Washingon, D.C.

Building Trust with your Leadership Team
Trust is the foundation of having a healthy relationship with your leadership team. Trust takes time and intentionality to develop. Trust brings unity, vision, clarity, guardrails, freedom, and empowerment to lead people and develop systems as a team. In this session we will talk about the ways our teams have learned to work with and trust each other over the years as we go on the mission that God has called us to do together.— Round table: Jon Lumbreras, Todd Baldwin, Chris Anderson, Chris Kozen, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound & Lewisville Campus, TX
Selecting Equipment - Working from a Master Plan that Works for your Church
Selecting equipment is a big deal. How do you chose equipment that works for your team, your ability level, your workflow, and your culture? In this session we will talk about creating a master plan to buy equipment that will stay with you, maximizing its lifespan, allowing for it to be repurposed into other areas of your church while still purchasing new equipment as your church’s needs change and your team’s ability level grows.— Todd Baldwin, Live Production Assistant, Valley Creek Church, Denton Campus, TX
Doing Multisite Right
Has God called your church to be one church that meets in multiple locations? How does it work and what do I need to know? In this session we will talk about the needs and considerations of what it takes to do multi site church well, how to do it on a budget, and how to make it simple, consistent, and repeatable. — Chris Anderson, Live Video Production Coordinator, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, TX
Excel in Technique: Checklists & Consistency
This session will explore the development of checklists and other job aids for the various tech roles as a means of setting expectations, reducing the chance for something being forgotten, and improving the consistency from week to week to achieve higher levels of excellence. This is especially important for ministries where the same people do not serve every week and a great way to empower newcomers to the team. — Gail Lueck, Tech Team Lead, White Flag Church
Recruiting Volunteers and Maintaining a Growth Culture
An ongoing challenge in church production is finding the right people and as much as we'd like to only worry about this once, turnover is a natural occurrence in ministry. In this session David Stagl will share some practical strategies for finding and attracting great volunteers and maintaining an ongoing growth culture. — David Stagl, Audio Production, Training, & Advising, Stagl Productions
Leading Your Team God's Way
God has a plan for how we lead our teams and for how we leverage technology to achieve His plans and purposes for our local churches. In this session we will talk about four key ideas that will help us to keep our teams unified towards a common vision, on mission together, continuously growing, and creatively empowered. — Chris Kozen, Live Production Director, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, TX
Creating a Coaching Culture
Ministry isn’t meant to be done alone. It is meant to be done as a team. In this session we will talk about creating a culture in which teams and individuals can grow, thrive, and be developed into the artists and kingdom leaders that God has called them to be. — Jon Lumbreras, Live Production Assistant, Valley Creek Church, Lewisville Campus, TX
Develop a Working Relationship with Your Worship Team
Often times there can be an us versus them mentality that happens between the booth and the stage that prevents teams from reaching their full potential. In this round table session we will talk about ways to develop a working relationship with your worship team that is built on trust, understanding, and the belief that we are all in it together, believing the best in each other, all working towards the same goal of leading people to encounter God. — Round table: Andy Forman, Brandon Premo, Matt Green, Eric Schutt, Jon Lumbreras, Todd Baldwin, Chris Kozen, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, TX
Tech Trends - How To Be The Elon Musk Of Your Church
Over the last 20 years, AVL technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. In the next 20 years, who knows what new tech is going to be out there? Being at the forefront of technology is essential, especially when it comes to how your church communicates the Gospel. For this session, we’re going to be preparing you for what’s on the horizon in church technology so that you can, metaphorically, of course, launch your own car into orbit when it comes to your weekend services. — Panel Discussion: Nick Kofahl, Tyson Wiens, Deron Yevoli, Summit Integrated Systems
Multi-Site Tech - Multi-Site Church and The AVL Tech Behind It
Many churches across the nation are adopting the multi-site method of church planting and for a good reason. Instead of one centralized building, they are expanding to allow for smaller community gatherings which make it easier for people to get plugged into what’s going on. However, we’ve found that there are some common unknowns when it comes to integrating audio, video, and lighting across multiple locations. From video streaming to streamlining the install process of new campuses, we will discuss the inner workings of AVL tech within a multi-site context so you can be prepared for the next steps in expanding your own church communities. — Panel Discussion: Nick Kofahl, Tyson Wiens, Chris Rayburn, Summit Integrated Systems
Audio for Video
Brad Duryea will demonstrate various mixing techniques and best practices in preparing audio for video. Topics will include: mixing for live streaming; audio post-production for television and internet delivery; typical post-production workflows; target loudness levels; common audio post software and plug-ins; effective use of audience mics; and some great mixing tips you won’t want to miss. — Brad Duryea, Director of Audio Technology, Lakewood Church, Houston, TX
Mixing Techniques: Effects and Plug-ins
Brad Duryea will demonstrate a variety of plug-in and effects techniques helpful in live sound. Topics will include: getting the most out of your reverbs and delays; deciding what plug-ins to purchase; the meaningful differences between console processing and plug-ins; demonstrations of the recommended use of some popular plug-ins; and numerous useful tips to help you make the most out of your processing arsenal. — Brad Duryea, Director of Audio Technology, Lakewood Church, Houston, TX
Set Up Your Team for Long-Term Success
Sunday worship services couldn’t happen without the help of volunteers. Church directors or team leads need to invest a lot of their time training these volunteers to set them up for success. Before audio equipment is purchased, teams need to consider the function of the equipment and the ease of use for the volunteers using it. In this session you’ll learn how training starts before you interact with your volunteer and provide a guide to make them continuously successful for years to come. — Tres Cozad, Technical Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Commercial Audio
Make The Most Of Multi-Use Spaces
Multi-use spaces tend to be the most utilized, yet the most under-supported rooms in any worship facility. We’ve probably all experienced them and we all dislike them. Many of these spaces are just not set up for the non-tech savvy volunteer. This session will go over some tips and tricks to help you create an easy-to-use, functional multi-use space from the main sanctuary to a youth ministry space. — Tres Cozad, Technical Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Commercial Audio
Understanding and Overcoming the Psycho-Acoustic Effects of Using In-Ear Monitoring Solutions
In-ear monitors are known to help improve the overall sound quality by dramatically reducing noise on stage. However, most musicians complain about poor audio, unfamiliar/ isolated sound, even dizziness which can make the transition to IEMs frustrating. In this workshop, we explain the dynamics of listening with IEMs and how a qualified personal monitoring system can help overcome these issues by creating an individual, 3D, natural sound experience. Participants in the class will be able to create a 3D sound and compare for themselves. — Mathias von Heydekampf, Managing Director, MyMix
Migrating to LED for Sanctuary Color and Energy Efficiency
The session will take you through the evaluation, design and decision process of migrating your sanctuary to color-mixing LED house lights. Whether soft pastel or bold saturated colors, color is a very powerful tool to help capture, convey and express emotion to the congregation. Learn how, with rebates from energy companies, churches can see return on their investment in LED house lights in as little as one to two years. — Darrell Barnes, Chroma-Q
FCC Spectrum Reallocation
The loss of the 600 MHz UHF spectrum is a concern for everyone. As the Broadcast industry goes through this massive spectrum change, what does it mean for existing and future wireless microphones and other devices? Learn what the new rules are and how it may affect your production. — David Missall, Customer Development & Manager Application Engineering, Sennheiser
Wireless Microphone Technology and Operation
In this fast paced session learn the difference between analog and digital wireless microphone systems. What are the advantages and tradeoffs for each? A lot of the same rules for reliable operation apply to both. Learn some of the setup points to consider when operating a wireless system, weather its 2 channels or 80. — David Missall, Customer Development & Manager Application Engineering, Sennheiser
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
Live Video Production Coordinator, Valley Creek Church, Allen, TX

Chris Anderson serves as Live Video Production Coordinator at Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound, Texas. His responsibilities include leading, developing and equipping production teams, as well as programming and coordinating media elements for weekly services. Chris has been in production for over 25 years and has a passion for discipling others on how to worship God with their production skills. He has extensive experience in camera, directing and producing for studio, EFP, live broadcast and live-to-tape production for Fresh Publishing, Daystar, TBN, Church on the Rock, Potter’s House, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and others. He has been married for more than 18 years and has three children.

Todd Baldwin
Todd Baldwin
Live Production Assistant, Valley Creek Church, Allen, TX

As the Production Assistant for a remote campus of Valley Creek Church located in Denton, TX, Todd is in charge of leading, developing, and equipping serve team members as well as programming, operating and maintaining the campus’s audio, video and lighting systems in order to create environments where people can encounter God.
Darrell Barnes
Darrell Barnes
Sales Representative, A.C. Lighting Inc.

Darrell Barnes has worked with A.C. Lighting Inc. in the role of Southwest Regional Sales Manager for the past five years. Darrell has more than 15 years of experience working with lighting design, especially in the house of worship market.

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Will Chapman
Media Outreach Minister, Cottonwood Creek Church, Allen, TX

Will Chapman has been involved with technical ministry in the church as a volunteer, engineer, or minister for 32 years. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Will also plays piano, keyboards, and Hammond B3 organ. He and his wife, Janelle, have two teenage sons.
Tres Cozad
Tres Cozad
Technical Marketing Specialist, Yamaha Commercial Audio

Tres Cozad is Technical Marketing Specialist at Yamaha Commercial Audio. He is responsible for Commercial Installation Solutions design support and training, and he prides himself on helping customers find the right solution for their needs. Prior to Yamaha, he spent 12 years in houses of worship specifying audio, visual and lighting equipment and as a FOH engineer touring with Christian bands. Through his touring experiences, Tres became proficient in troubleshooting sound, lighting and video issues.

Brad Duryea
Director of Audio Technology, Lakewood Church, Houston, TX

Brad Duryea is Director of Audio Technology at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He is also a freelance audio engineer and consultant with more than 20 years of professional experience. A contributor and writer for numerous technical magazines, Brad’s specialties include FOH audio; audio post-production for TV broadcast; studio production; acoustical consulting; sound reinforcement system optimization; RF coordination; and training church production teams.
Andy Forman
Andy Forman
Worship Pastor, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound Campus, TX
Matt Green
Matt Green
Worship Pastor, Valley Creek Church, Lewisville Campus, TX

Matt Green serves as the Lewisville Campus Worship Leader for Valley Creek Church. Matt and his wife Hilary have two children, a six-year-old son, Judah, and a three-year-old daughter, Kaiya. Matt and his family have been at Valley Creek Church for four years, two of which Matt has been on staff. He is passionate about helping people discover their calling and gifting and developing people to release the kingdom of heaven everywhere they go.

Nick Kofahl
Nick Kofahl
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Summit Integrated Systems

Nick Kofahl is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Summit Integrated Systems, providing strategic oversight and leadership to the division and monitoring the overall customer experience. He joined Summit Integrated from Solidfire, a high-paced tech startup, in 2013. While he works to expand the kingdom in the marketplace setting, he also leads by encouraging worshippers, artists and creatives in his local church community. Nick earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College and is a member of the core leadership team for the Resound Conference.
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Chris Kozen
Live Production Director, Valley Creek Church, Flower Mound, TX

Chris Kozen serves as Worship Production Director at Valley Creek Church, a growing multisite located in Flower Mound, Texas, where he has served since 2005. His responsibilities include leading, developing and equipping production team volunteers,as well as providing technical oversight and development of production systems and equipment for current and future campuses. Chris is passionate about leveraging technology to create immersive worship environments that help people encounter God in services. His vision for AVL is that it be used as an experiential tool to engage people in worship, while not becoming the focal point.
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Gail Lueck
Tech Team Lead, White Flag Church, St. Louis, MO

Gail Lueck serves as Tech Team Lead and Technical Coordinator at White Flag Church in St. Louis. Getting her start during college as a media tech in campus ministry, her passion for the technical arts ministry grew and her skill set expanded to include many aspects of production. She currently oversees the visual side of the weekend service tech team (lights, media, video switching, and service coordination) and serves as Tech Director for special events. Her career experience is in management consulting, working in the areas of project management, change management, training, and process design on a variety of projects for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations.
Jon Lumbreras
Jon Lumbreras
Live Production Assistant, Valley Creek Church, Lewisville Campus, TX

Jon Lumbreras serves as Production Assistant at Valley Creek Church’s Lewisville, Texas, campus. He has faithfully served since 2009 in a variety of roles with live audio as his main passion. Jon leads and develops production team volunteers, helping them discover who they are, who God is, and what they are created to do. In addition to audio, Jon loves to produce music and play electric guitar.

David Missall
David Missall
Customer Development & Manager Application Engineering, Sennheiser

David Missall is an expert in the field of RF wireless technology for Sennheiser. As Manager of Customer Development & Application Engineering for the Americas, David and his team consult prominent news and sports broadcasters, theaters and live music stages on multi-channel wireless installations and events, system design, frequency coordination and microphone application. Among others, David has provided wireless solutions and troubleshooting support for CNN, ESPN, NBC Studios NYC, Fox Sports, Speed Channel Univision, Televisa, WWE and Turner Sports.

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Dexter Nutall
Pastor, New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Reverend Dexter U. Nutall was born in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. In his first career as a licensed attorney in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, he worked for the Supreme Court of Virginia, the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, the United States Senate, and the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. Reverend Nutall currently serves as Senior Pastor of the church of his childhood, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Rev. Nutall is married to the former Ms. Tracy Brinkley and they have two daughters, Chandler Renée and Jaida McKenzie.
Brandon Premo
Brandon Premo
Worship Leader, Valley Creek Church, Venue Campus, TX
Chris Rayburn
Chris Rayburn
Founder and President of Summit Integrated Systems

Chris Rayburn is Founder and President of Summit Integrated Systems. Since Summit’s first pro audio installation in 1997, Chris has played an active role in every project completed by Summit and grown Summit from a small startup to a national business. He presently oversees financial analysis, forecasting, and strategic planning while also playing an active role in overall visioning and team development. With more than two decades of experience, Chris trained at SynAudCon and NSCA.
Eric Shutt
Eric Shutt
Worship Pastor, Valley Creek Church, Denton Campus, TX
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David Stagl
Audio Production, Training, & Advising, Stagl Productions

David Stagl began his 20-year audio career as an engineer and mixer in his hometown of Chicago, pushing faders for everything he could from local bands to broadcast television. He has consulted and field tested equipment for leading manufacturers such as Avid and Shure. In 2006 he relocated to Atlanta, serving as Audio Director at North Point Community Church for nine years. Today he provides training, advising, and mixing for houses of worship of all sizes throughout the country. He also mixes music- and video-related projects out of his own studio when he’s not on the road. Dave lives outside Atlanta with his wife, Heather, and their two children.
Mathias von Heydekampf
Mathias von Heydekampf
Managing Director, Synthax USA

Mathias von Heydekampf is an industry veteran with over 25 years of audio experience. His past employment at Bose, Harmon, Telex, and Bosch have allowed him to see and experience every aspect of the audio industry. Currently, von Heydekampf is Managing Director of Synthax USA whose brands include RME, Ferrofish and myMix. Mathias is a passionate presenter who believes that quality audio should never be compromised. When the industry does its job well, delivering quality audio to whatever application and to whomever is listening or playing, everyone benefits. Mathias is equally as passionate about soccer and golf as he is about quality audio solutions.

Tyson Wiens
Tyson Wiens
Vice President of Technology & Product, Summit Integrated Systems

Tyson Wiens is Vice President of Technology & Product for Summit Integrated Systems. He oversees daily operations of the company and leads a team that includes project managers, installers and field technicians. His start as a field technician gave him insight into how great design and dynamic installation integrate to create powerful worship experiences. Tyson’s other responsibilities include project management, system design and training, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Sound Recording Technology from Colorado Christian University.  
Deron Yevoli
Deron Yevoli
Project Manager, Summit Integrated Systems

Deron Yevoli is Project Manager for Summit Integrated System and oversees the entire project process from start to finish. This includes systems design and engineering, trade coordination, and management of on-site installation teams. He has more than a decade of technical leadership experience working with churches across the country. With a diverse background in various production environments, he also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Sound & Lighting Design.  
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Event Location

Valley Creek Church - Flower Mound campus
5800 Long Praire Road
Flower Mound, TX 75208

Marriott hotel(s) offering a special group rate for $139 USD per night:

Courtyard Dallas Flower Mound
4330 Courtyard Way
Flower Mound, TX 75028
(214) 626-2000

Start date: 5/6/18
End date: 5/8/18
Last day to book: 4/20/18

Click here to book your group rate for Church Production LIVE! Tribe

Day 1 - Monday, May 7th
8:00 am Registration/badge pickup/refreshments
9:00 am Keynote
10:15 am Breakout sessions
11:30 am Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 pm Breakout sessions
2:15 pm Breakout sessions
3:30 pm Breakout sessions
4:30 pm Day 1 wrap-up/door prizes
Day 2 - Tuesday, May 8th
8:30 am Refreshments
9:00 am Keynote
10:15 am Breakout sessions
11:30 am Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 pm Breakout sessions
2:15 pm Breakout sessions
3:30 pm General session - Round Table: Predictably Excellent, Not Perfect
4:30 pm Day 2 wrap-up/door prizes