Deep in the back of the Sanctuary at St. John’s MCC there’s a shadowy room that few dare to enter. It’s where all the technical magic happens to take our in-person worship experience and spread it throughout the world on Facebook and YouTube each week.
It takes at least four people working simultaneously to do that, and we have several people who volunteer on the team.
On the Sunday in the above photos…
• Mark Godette runs the computer that drives the slides that show on the screen, the song lyrics on the livestream, and all prerecorded video and audio that we use.
• Mike Gauss constantly monitors the sound levels and serves as the Team Leader and our Technical Director.
• Jay Cannady-Kelderman works a complicated program that switches the video input from the many different sources to produce the final video. He also stores each worship service for future use and publishes the livestream feeds. And after Worship each week, he uploads the audio of just the sermon to our Soundcloud podcast channel.
• Finally, Steve Davis runs the three movable cameras in the room … focusing on the speaker or point of interest so you’ll get the best view.
Other volunteers who are in our serving rotation include Joyce Robinson, Juanice Robinson, Al Williams, Billy Weaver, and Jim Manchester.
We would like to add to the Team! We need someone who can work outside the booth to help us add the actual social media comments that come from our Digital Campus to our livestream feed and to the screen at the front of the Sanctuary. We’d like to have a Worship Stage Manager who helps people move into position just in time for their part in worship. And we need a Tech Director who keeps an eye on everything, so Mike doesn’t have to do double duty each week. If you can help, please get in touch with Mike Gauss (MikeG@StJohnsMCC.org).