Ponca City First United Methodist Church
By: Tommy Hall
A century old House of Worship, Ponca City First United Methodist Church, has a long list of firsts in their community. Ponca City First United Methodist Church has developed a community of followers throughout out the area, however, the leadership also felt it needed to extend its outreach. Aspen Custom Electronics and Ponca City First United Methodist Church worked together to help expand their reach and create a more contemporary experience, while maintaining its traditional roots.
Aspen Custom Electronics developed a design and met with numerous members of the church to develop an understanding of what was truly needed. This approach helped to assure when integration was complete, all members of the church would be excited. Aspen Custom Electronics designed and built a cutting-edge system that included two Broadcast quality Panasonic AW-HE130 PTZ cameras and controls to capture the sermons.
Evertz AV Switchers
JBL Array Speakers
Biamp Digital Signal Processors
Shure MXA Ceiling Microphones
Planar Video Wall
Panasonic PTZ Cameras
In addition, Shure SM-81 microphones were added to capture natural sound in the room including the antique pipe organ, a central piece in the room. Existing 480P widescreen plasma displays were replaced with Sony 4K Bravia commercial displays to ensure all the content is crisp and clear. At the center of the system is a NewTek Tricaster 460 switching the video source.
The switched video is sent out to local cable channels. In addition, a live stream is sent to the internet for members of the community who were unavailable for service whether home-bound or on vacation in a remote location. In addition to the internet and local cable, the video sources are also distributed to the overflow 4K Sony displays. An earlier upgrade of the sound system by Aspen Custom Electronics is driven by the Yamaha LS-9 Digital Mixing Console was integrated for in room audio mixing as well as mixing to the overflow areas to ensure pristine audio quality is made available to all members. A data network was created to support the equipment provided using Ubiquiti products. These products can then be monitored remotely, and support provided from Aspen Custom Electronics headquarters in Stillwater, OK.
Ponca City First United Methodist Church now holds services at their physical location, as well as their internet location by live streaming for the community to engage no matter where they are. Using some of the most exceptional visual and production systems, Ponca City First United Methodist Church can now reach a whole new generation of members. The sermons are also be recorded and uploaded to the web, allowing for all its members to watch at any time, regardless of their scheduling requirements. Because of the system designed and integrated by Aspen Custom Electronics, Ponca City First United Methodist Church can continue creating a connection with its community.