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New Church, New AV Gear, Part 1

Mar 2, 2011 12:56 PM, with Bennett Liles


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There’s no end to what can be done when you have an installation with new construction and a young congregation ready and willing to try new things. That’s how it went at the Family Church of the Southern Tier in Jamestown, New York and Randy Turner of Turner Specialty Contractors is here to give us the story coming right up on the SVC podcast.
Randy thanks for being with me here on the SVC podcast from the Pennsylvania firm of Turner Specialty Contractors. Is that in the Bradford area?

Down in the middle of nowhere in north-central PA but we service western New York, central New York and northwest Pennsylvania. [Timestamp: 1:01]

And the name Turner Specialty Contractors leaves it pretty wide open—that could be just about anything. So what all do you do there?
Well I came out of the old days, I worked for Jim and Tammy Baker at PTL in the old days and back then I did nothing but lighting and one thing led to another after 25 years and I’ve worked for about all the TV networks but always in the background doing mainly lighting back in the old days—did lighting for a lot of TV shows, did a lot of stuff ABC News. And one thing led to another and I wound up doing a lot of installs for a couple of big contractors in Charlton out of Atlanta and then we moved back up here a number of years ago and I just kept doing it. [Timestamp: 1:39]

Yeah, you can get right into doing a lot of different things with that name and it still fits. So you got into this project for the Family Church of the Southern Tier in Jamestown, New York on a big installation for sound lighting and projection. So how did you get involved with that church on a major project like this?
I was actually doing a different project for Habiterra which is an architectural firm of about a dozen or so architects out of Jamestown, New York and one of their architects introduced me to the pastor of the church a couple of years before they built the building and one thing led to another so I designed this system and then they built the church a year and a half or so later and we installed all the equipment. [Timestamp: 2:14]

OK this was a new construction project so you really got in on the ground floor with this one.
Yes, brand-new church. I figure the total dollar value of the church was around a little less than three million I think and a beautiful facility. It’s a charismatic, non-denominational church. A very young pastor who is very dynamic and he’s…it’s a brand new church really they’ve only been around for four or five years and they’ve exploded from four people meeting in a Holiday Inn to about 400 or 500 meeting every Sunday. [Timestamp: 2:41]

Well that’s always intriguing the way that starts and I’ve heard a lot of stories about churches that started with a half a dozen people or so meeting in someone’s living room and ending up with a major building and expanding to video links, satellite locations and so forth. So it can really take off if you have the right message and the right people. What kind of services do they have at the Family Church of the Southern Tier? You said that they’ve got a young pastor so that sounds to me like maybe they have a lot of live music.
A lot of live music—yeah, they got a nice band. They’re pretty competent people, they’re all volunteers but they do a very, very nice job. And so that just led to…their list of equipment was long. They wanted the in-ear monitors. They wanted…they wanted to be about as high -tech as they could afford to be frankly. [Timestamp: 3:24]

What were they doing at the old church? What was the sound and lighting situation there? This seems to have been a major improvement.
Well they were around for about four years, a little over four years and the old church sits right smack dab next to the new monster and the old one was a whole miraculous story of how they got the thing for practically free from a Church of God that closed its doors. And just rudimentary equipment in the old building and so this was a pretty…it was like a quantum step for them to move into all this kind of equipment. [Timestamp: 3:52]



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