It was almost 8 years ago when God moved my family and I from our comfortable environment in suburban Chicago to Oklahoma. We didn’t have any friends or family here, but we moved anyway. I accepted an invitation to come on staff at an amazing church called LifeChurch.tv. It has been an awesome experience and the best season in my life. The church has expanded to new locations and we have seen thousands of people come to Christ. The church launched YouVersion, the Bible App, and it has impacted millions of people around the world. I’m so excited to see how God will continue to use the ministry of LifeChurch.tv
In the midst of all that God is doing at the church, this post is to let you know that my time as a staff member of the church has come to an end. God is starting a new chapter for me. I will continue to attend and serve at LifeChurch.tv, but my vocation will be something different. As I mentioned before, I am excited to see where God is taking my church, but I am also excited to see where God is taking me.
So what’s next? Over the past few years, I have had a growing passion for photography. I really enjoy helping organizations tell their story through the medium of photography. I have had the privilege to not only do that at LifeChurch.tv, but also for Catalyst and the Willow Creek Association. My plan is to help more organizations tell their story.
My other area of passion is in the church technical arts arena. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in the technical arts for over 20 years.In this next season, I am looking forward to helping churches use technology to advance the Gospel. I’m excited to announce that I will be working with Todd Elliott and his team to put on the First In Last Out (FILO) Conferences. FILO is a conference geared specifically towards church technical artists. So if you serve in the audio, video, or lighting area of your church, I strongly encourage you to attend this one-day event. You will be inspired and encouraged. The first one is in Chicago later this month. Then there is one is Dallas in May. If you’re going to the Chicago conference, signup today. Prices increase next week.
So that’s my big news. I appreciate your prayers as I start the next chapter.
I recently learned that some pictures that I took of Craig Groeschel and his family would be included in an article about Craig in Joy! magazine. Joy! is a Christian magazine based in South Africa. It’s exciting to see my work published and distributed like this. You can see the magazine layout and some of the pictures I took of the Groeschel family here.
To read a web-friendly version of the article, you can go to the magazine’s website, by clicking here.
Today was the day. Six weeks ago, it was an idea. Five weeks ago, I heard about the idea. Today, Town Hall for Hope became a reality. With all that happened today, it is going to take some time to gather my thoughts and post them here. So for now, here are the pictures. Enjoy!
Big day today for Town Hall for Hope setup. The TV truck and generators arrived. The auditorium chairs were setup. There are 1717 chairs in the room, if you were wondering. One the highlights for me was getting a tour of the TV truck. It was very cool. Here are some pictures from today.
Things really heated up today for the Town Hall for Hope event. Some members of the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s team arrived today. The staging arrived. Lights started to get mounted. The LED wall was assembled. Here’s some pictures. Enjoy.
The team dove into it today. They removed our cameras from the auditorium and removed the lights around the foot of the stage. Fox will be utilizing their own cameras. We’re adding some TVs in the Green Room and in another room that the Fox team and Dave Ramsey’s staff will use. We’re also lining up the electricians and a boom lift that we’ll need tomorrow. I’m told at least sixty more lights will be added to our existing lights. A larger stage will also get installed tomorrow.
We received a very detailed outline of the event from Fox today, which they call the Operations Book. They think of everything. They even had a plan for an emergency evacuation of their crew, if necessary.
I’m very excited to see things start to take shape tomorrow.
If you haven’t heard, LifeChurch.tv Oklahoma City Campus will serve as the broadcast location for the Dave Ramsey Town Hall for Hope event. This event will be streamed to 6100 locations in the US and will be broadcast on Fox Business Network. It will be broadcast live on Thursday, April 23.
We’ve been interacting with Dave Ramsey’s folks for about 3 weeks and after a few face to face meetings, hundreds of phone calls, and millions of emails, it all comes down to this.
I can’t wait. I am so excited to see how God is going to use this. I am thrilled to play a very small part of what maybe the largest webcast in history.
There are a lot of people working on this event. This week, I’ll be writing on what the Tech Team is involved in. So stay tuned. If you feel led, please pray about this event and pray for Dave Ramsey’s team and LifeChurch.tv team.