Like many techs, I cut my teeth on live production in high school. From running mic cables in my freshman year to working behind the sound console on choir tours in my senior year, I caught the tech bug early. Out of high school some friend’s band got a record contract and asked me to help them get their shows to sound better. I spent the next six years mixing, booking, road managing and bus repairing. I also got the chance to mix for many other bands and events.

Starting a family and winding down my touring days, I took a job with my friend Pete Tessitore at his fledgling installation and live production company, PT Pro Sound. Those six years were a unique blend AVL system design-installation for churches, schools, and municipalities as well as countless live events and everything in between. PT closed its doors after Pete’s untimely death.

In 1996 I was asked to become part of the tech staff at Saddleback Church by then tech director Ken Robertson. I continued with live events and install work outside of my duties at Saddleback as well.  After five years of services, conferences, and events, Ken and I headed over to Mariners Church as they were ramping up to expand the main Irvine campus. After building a 3000 seat worship center, an amazing kids building and starting preparations for a chapel, student building, and full campus renovation, I was called to South Hills Church. South Hills was, at the time, two campuses and in the seven years I was on staff grew to seven campuses and multiple affiliate churches across the country. In 2013 I was asked to become the first full time technical director at Magnolia Church. Magnolia was embarking on a full remodel of their worship center building.

During my time at Mariners Church the church tech community was just in its infancy. Dabbling in podcasting and blogging I started to connect with people like Mike Sessler and with the premier of Twitter the church tech community really started to form. As a charter member of both the Church Tech Director’s Round Table (CTDRT) and the Church Technical Arts Network (CTAN), now known as Church Technical Leaders (CTLN), I was able to meet so many amazing church techs from around the country. Since then I co-host the Church Tech Weekly Podcast with Mike and hosted the Church Tech Profiles Podcast. I am also a frequent contributor to and other publications.

As of January 2016 I am the Church Relations guy at CCI Solutions. My relationship with CCI started all the way back in 1996 and I have had the pleasure of working with this amazing team on many projects over the last 19 years and now am part of that team.


**Important Safety Tip: Even though Van is currently on staff at CCI Solutions, the views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the firm, though hopefully they will line up more often than not...**


Isaiah Franco has been involved with church tech for over 10 years and currently on staff as the production director at Sandals Church in Riverside, CA. He’s a big nerd with an even bigger heart to serve the Church.

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis is the Pastor of Worship and the Arts at Beachpoint Church.  Beachpoint is a multi-campus church and currently has two locations in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, CA with a vision to continue to multiply. With nearly twenty years of experience ranging from working in the entertainment business as an audio engineer, project manager and designer to a pastor in the church.  Matt has a huge heart for developing and equipping artists in the local church to lead effectively, skillfully and creatively.