2017 03 06 2017Worship VendorsInfoGraphicThe 2017 Worship Production Conference


is Saturday, April 1, 2017!



 88.7 The Bridge presents the


2017 Worship Production Conference


in partnership with Mid-South Audio


hosted by Crossroad Community Church



A Panel Full of Industry Leaders and Experts!

Key Note Speaker: Richard Chilvers
General Session Speaker: Gary Zanstra
Breakout Speakers:
Martin LeMaire, Mike Bangs, Daniel Connell,
Gavin Haverstick, Eric Blackmer, Joe Nguyen, Mark Donovan,
George Cumbee, Jay Delp, Michael Moore,
Adam Griffin, Jose Perez, Matt Larson, and Brian Belcher

DOWNLOAD the 2017 Worship Production Conference Presenters Brochure for professional bios!



Saturday, April 1, 2017
Arrive for 8 AM - 9 AM Event Registration
Sessions will be held from 9 AM - 5 PM with a Lunch Break


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Crossroad Community Church
20684 State Forest Rd
Georgetown, DE 19947



$30 Advance Registration
(Tickets will be $40 at the door)
Your ticket includes Lunch!




(302) 422-6909


TENTATIVE Event Schedule:

The Event Schedule below is subject to change


Time Session Name Title
9:00am Welcome Address Bill Sammons/Kevin Short
9:15-10:05am General Session 1 Richard Chilvers
10:20-11:05am Breakout 1 Attendees choose from multiple Breakout Session options
11:20-12:05pm Breakout 2 Attendees choose from multiple Breakout Session options
12:10-1:10pm Lunch
1:15-2:00pm General Session 2 Gary Zandstra
2:15-3:00pm Breakout 3 Attendees choose from multiple Breakout Session options
3:15-4:00pm Breakout 4 Attendees choose from multiple Breakout Session options
4:15-5:00pm Closing Session Q&A With the Pro's, Closing Remarks, Door Prize Awards





For further questions, please contact 88.7 The Bridge Office

at info@887thebridge.com or by phone 302-422-6909




General Session Key Note Speaker: Richard Chilvers - “How Should It Be Done?"

Richard has been in the Audio/Visual industry for over 45 years – starting in England as a studio engineer and then as engineer and producer of a wide range of Christian radio programs which were aired worldwide.
In 1979, with his wife and their two children, Richard moved to the United States where he started and ran several subsidiaries of British audio product manufacturers and then formed his own company specializing in professional audio products.  In 2000, he became the Senior Product Specialist for a leading manufacturer in the professional Audio Video industry.
More recently, he has been doing various Voice Over projects; including writing, voicing and production. He says "I am thrilled to be asked again to speak at the 2017 Worship and Production Conference.
Previous events have been extremely worthwhile and I look forward to contributing once more.”

General Session Speaker: Gary Zanstra (Pro Sound Web) - “Getting to the Why? When Recruiting Volunteers”

Gary started his audio career by starting a DJ business while still in High School.  During his college years he worked as a projectionist and then manager at what was the world’s largest movie theater at that time. He was the opening manager for the first Tri-Star joint venture theatre known as Star Theaters.
Following college Gary joined the staff of one of the largest churches in West Michigan as technical director, this is where Gary’s passion for the local church began. Gary has also produced events for as many as 10,000 people. He has been at front of house for some of the big names in Christian music. He even has been the front of house guy for a sitting president of the United States. During his tenure at Parkway Electric Gary was involved in the sales and AV design of countless projects and churches.
Currently Gary continues to work in helping the local church through his work at Dan Vos Construction. Additionally, he writes for numerous trade magazines including Worship Facilities and ProSoundWeb the largest web portal for the audio industry. He co- founded NemoSyn a company that was born out of the desire to solve a problem easily that hadn't been solved yet. NemoSyn's first product is a 32 channel virtual sound check recorder . He was also on the board of a tech startup that is proving micro GeLo location. Additionally he also started and launched AVL Update a weekly podcast, ChurchTechTours, ChurchMixChallange and West  MichiganWorship.


Breakout A - Martin LeMaire - “Audio 101...What Does This Knob Do?”

Growing up in Rehoboth Beach DE, Marty began his career as a drummer with “Eighth Day” back in the seventies. He pursued live sound mixing and recording engineering at the famed “Recording Workshop” in Chillicothe, Ohio, that led to many jobs on the road including many tours with Rock and Roll hall of fame inductee Patti Smith. He is back home now where he records and produces many projects in his home studio, he also free-lances with Mid South Audio, mixing many events, ranging from multiple youth conferences for the United Methodist Church, Youth for Christ, The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival held annually on Labor Day weekend.


Breakout B - Mike Bangs (Allen & Heath) - “Sound Check to Show”

With over 20 years of concert production experience, Mike Bangs has spent most of his career as a Touring Monitor Engineer and Production Manager. Touring with acts such as Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Boz Scaggs, Bangs has developed extensive real-world experience and has mixed well over 1000 shows across the globe. As an early adopter of live digital mixing, Bangs provided training and support for engineers switching to many of the first large format live consoles starting in 2004. In 2011, he adopted the Allen&Heath iLive platform as his console of choice for consistent touring, leading to a close relationship with A&H. At the end of 2015, Bangs was added to the roster to support the unique needs of touring professionals on the groundbreaking new dLive mix system.
Although now working full time for A&H, Bangs still mixes several shows per month to stay current and to continue real live-environment testing on dLive.


Breakout C - Daniel Connell (Church on the Move) - “Beyond Watts and Lumens: Setting Aside Brand Preferences, How Do You Evaluate Your Lighting Choices?”
Since 1997 Daniel has designed lighting for concert, television, and theatrical projects, with a heavy emphasis on the House of Worship market for the past 10 years. His client list includes Church On The Move, Passion City Church, Willow Creek Church, among others. Regarding lighting in the church Daniel says, "We have an amazing array of resources at our disposal to help tell the story of Jesus. It's up to us to use those resources with the excellence that the story deserves."

Breakout D Gavin Haverstick (Haverstick Designs) - “Common Acoustical Issues in Houses of Worship”
Gavin Haverstick is the owner of Haverstick Designs, a full-service acoustical consulting firm specializing in testing, analysis and design. Haverstick Designs is a member of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants (NCAC), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Audio Engineering Society (AES), Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) and Synergetic Audio Concepts (SydAudCon). In his career, Gavin has been involved in the acoustical design/analysis of over 5,000 challenging spaces including houses of worship, recording studios, gymnasiums, cafeterias, conference rooms, edit suites, home theaters, museums and industrial facilities.
Gavin has been a featured writer in numerous industry magazines including Mix, Luxury CE, InAVate, Sound & Communications, Technologies for Worship, Religious Product News, Performing Songwriter, and EQ.

Breakout E Eric Blackmer - Earthworks Audio "What a Microphone is supposed to do and why most microphones don’t do it."

Audio is in my blood. My father was an engineer and audiophile. He didn't take us to ball games, he drew out circuits and said, go build this. He built the PA for my high school band. I learned the concept of good sound at a very early age. I have been active in MI and Pro Audio sales, system wiring, studio building, live sound, recording, acoustics, consulting and all aspects of audio for over 40 years. I have been a microphone expert for nearly as many years. My time at Earthworks has augmented my knowledge especially because Earthworks mics just don't have the problems and shortcomings of most microphones. I know microphones inside and out.


Breakout F - Joe Nguyen (Audio Associates) - “Loudspeaker Applications; What is the Best Loudspeaker System for Your Venue?”

Joe began his audio career as a touring guitar player and sound technician. A native of Northern New Jersey, Joe started his career in AV manufacturing in 2001 with Crest Audio. In his tenure with Crest, Joe held positions in technical support and product managementfor PeaveyCommercial Audio Products. He relocated to Philadelphia to join Audio Associates in 2012, after being the Director of Sales for North America at Sabine. His extensive knowledge in system applications as well as musical gear brings an extra level of support to our dealers and end-users. On the weekends, Joe can be found playing and watching professional soccer or testing his culinary skills on the competition barbecue circuit.


Breakout G - Mark Donovan (Audio Technica) - “Wireless Microphone Challenges and Solutions”

Mark Donovan (CTS-D, CTS-I) brings more than 20 years of A/V systems experience and more than 30 years of RF experience to the classroom. Beginning in the U. S. Navy as a missile guidance RADAR technician, Mr. Donovan entered the A/V industry after nine years of naval service, which included three years as an instructor for advanced RADAR system operation and maintenance. Since his departure from the U. S. Navy, Mr. Donovan has worked as an installation technician and as a systems designer for A/V systems until joining Audio- Technica in 2010. Mr. Donovan currently serves as Audio- Technica’s Sales Engineering Manager for the Professional Markets covering North, Central, and South America. Mr. Donovan is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is one of the select few InfoComm members who hold certifications in all three areas; CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I.


Breakout H - George Cumbee - “Do We Need an A/V Contractor to Do Our Next Upgrade or Install?”

George is the founder of Mid America Communications. He has had an extensive career in broadcast television, project & lighting. George has worked on major events all over America, and owns & operates one of the major recording studios in Nashville - Classic Recording.


Breakout I - Jay Delp (Jay Delp Productions) - “Video With A Vision; Producing and Presenting Personal & Powerful Ministry Videos”

As owner of JAY DELP PRODUCTIONS and a former 13-year youth pastor veteran Jay has over 30 years of video production and ministry experience. He has written many published articles and presented seminars coast to coast on how the church can effectively use today’s video/media technologies in all aspects of ministry.


Breakout J - Michael Moore (Shure) - “Changing Landscape of Wireless Mic Technology”
Prior to joining Shure Inc., Michael has spent the last 15 years in A/V integration. He invested a large portion of that time focused on houses of worship and corporate workspaces. Michael uses his knowledge from continuous technology transitions and leverages this experience in the training and education of end users. Michael assists end users in determining the right audio products for their diverse applications.

Breakout K - Adam Griffin (Atlona) - "Distributing HD Video and Multi-Channel Audio in Large Venues"

Adam has over 19 years of experience in the custom installation business, designing commercial and residential audio video systems for some of the most demanding end- users in the industry. He has worked for some of the most respected manufacturers in the industry and is here to help simplify your technology needs.


Breakout L - Jose Perez (Yamaha) - "Working with Musicians on stage, How to Approach Mixing for the Worship Service"
Jose started a career with Yamaha in 2004 as a Product Trainer, later Training Manager and now Technical Marketing Manager. He came to Yamaha after 15 years of mixing shows on the road from corporate events to live music and broadcast.

Breakout M - Matt Larson (DiGiCo) - “Pros and Cons of Virtual Sound Check and The Next Generation of Personal Mixers”

Matt started at a young age learning what he could by asking many questions and even attended his first AES show in 1985.
Working with many regional musicians, sound companies and with an electronics degree he now has over 35 years of hands-on industry experience.
Live Sound part of life was spent touring with some of the largest bands in the world that included a 7 year run with Prince and other parts of life in a dim lit recording studio, recording many timeless hits (and some not so much).
After many years touring he had an opportunity to get into a manufacturing & sales roll working with Halliburton/Anvil for 7 years and then was brought on with Telex/Bosch as the Sales Manager-Americas for Midas & Klark Teknik for 8 years focused on Sales and Product Management of the brands. This past experience was a perfect fit for the current roll as National Sales Manager position with Group One Limited, the US distributor of DiGiCo, XTA & MC2 since 2008.
Although in sales, he really is all about teaching anyone that wants to learn and talk about audio, not only DiGiCo, but about mixing music and how to achieve what you need. This is where he uses his experience to help train everyone from full time audio professionals to volunteers with no audio background using his two key principles - we can all learn from one another and that there is no dumb question.


Breakout N - Brian Belcher (Roland) - “Fundamentals of Video Production for House of Worship Applications"

Brian has 25+ years of experience in the ProAV field.  He has toured, trained, designed and consulted on numerous projects from Broadcast to House of Worship. He is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through knowledge and wise use of resources. Also, he was a TD for over 7 years at a non-denominational church in TN where his passion of the House of Worship market started. The approach, quality and drive toward excellence is his main goal!