ETC Congo® jr volunteer-friendly at Illinois church

Harvest Bible Chapel, an 11,000-parishioner church spread out across four campuses in Illinois, enhances its worship with a state-of-the art ETC lighting system. Parishioners who attend services on Saturday and Sunday in Elgin, IL, are treated to a variety of lighting looks, courtesy of ETC’s Source Four® fixtures, Sensor® dimming, and Unison® architectural controls, with a Congo jr console controlling theatrical lighting.


As the church was being built, a plan was in the works for a basic four-point lighting plot, but Harvest soon figured out that they would need a bigger, more feature-rich system. Director of Production and weekend-service Lighting Designer Keith Neubert, says, “As the build process proceeded, we really felt it important to add flexibility to the system to accommodate special events, as well as to add semi-intelligent fixtures for color and pattern changes.”


Harvest looked for a lighting control console that would accommodate the different levels of tech staff, keep up with the growth the church is experiencing, and offer advanced functionality for events like Christmas and Easter services. They decided on the Congo jr with a Master Playback Wing. “We really wanted the console to be flexible enough to do complicated shows with moving lights with relative ease,’ says Neubert, “but simple enough for our volunteers to operate on a weekly basis.”


During the week, Neubert does most of the programming and then readies the master section for the volunteers to use during weekend services. “I have it set up so that they basically have a section dedicated to colors with various looks, and a separate section for all of the front lighting,” he says. “All they have to do is push faders up and down. It makes the whole process very easy for any operator.”


Cool features aside, a lighting system has to be counted on to work at every service. “ETC’s product reputation and reliability were the driving force behind our decision to purchase ETC equipment,” says Neubert. Harvest’s volunteers are also assured backup if they run into any problem: ETC’s 24-hour customer and technical support will be on call to help keep the system running smoothly.

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Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin, IL

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“We really wanted the console to be flexible enough to do complicated shows with moving lights with relative ease, but simple enough for our volunteers to operate on a weekly basis.” – Keith Neubert, director of production and weekend service lighting designer


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