Roland Multi-Format AV Matrix Switcher a Perfect Fit for First Southern Baptist Space

Church moves to cutting edge with full AV install featuring Roland XS-84H

Roland Multi-Format AV Matrix Switcher a Perfect Fit for First Southern Baptist Space
A worship service at the new space for First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt, Kansas, highlighting the use of video in the triplewide arrangement. The church underwent a wholesale AV upgrade that included a Roland XS-84H 8-In x 4-Out Multi-Format AV Matrix Switcher for the video projection system.

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Roland Multi-Format AV Matrix Switcher a Perfect Fit for First Southern Baptist Space

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PRATT, Kan. — Blessed with the challenges tied to growing very quickly and requiring additional worship services, First Southern Baptist Church knew change of some sort was on the horizon.

With nearly 800 people in the congregation, and that number continuing to rise, the pressing need to add services each weekend could not be ignored.

Thanks to the help of Builders for Christ, the nonprofit organization last year organized volunteers to complete the construction of a new church building at no cost.

The project broke ground in February 2015, according to First Southern Baptist Worship & Assimilation Pastor Jeff Mashaw. “The building was built over a parking lot, and in March they poured a foundation, with the volunteers coming on in the middle of May through the end of August. It opened on November 22 (of last year).”

Mashaw noted that the new church could never have been completed with all the work finished by volunteers over last summer.

“The volunteers did all the sheet rock. They also had done all the plumbing, the electric, the HVAC, the insulation, all the framing, the walls, the carpentry, and the decking at the site … it was a real project,” he said.

The project encompassed a new 15,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose building that now serves as its new sanctuary and fellowship area, along with a kitchen, restrooms and gathering area. Among the major upgrades as part of the new space was a new media center for the church’s AV needs, with much of the work done by Kansas City-based AV firm, Advanced Sound & Communication.

As noted by Brent Handy, Audio, Video, Lighting and Electronics Designer and Sales Consultant at Advanced Sound & Communication, “The projects are chosen (by Builders for Christ) based upon church growth, evidence of effective ministry, number of baptisms, etc. They were busting at the seams, having multiple services, and met all of the criteria.”

Among the items that are in the new media center are a projection system with wraparound screens, five projectors, three Apple iMac computers, PTZ-networked cameras, and an entirely new PA system including speakers, consoles and wireless microphones.

In all, the staff from ASC first worked on the AVL install for about five days, working on rigging and associated work, before returning for an additional five days after old wiring from the space had been pulled by church volunteers. The work was able to be scheduled to avoid any cancellation of services.


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