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DWR provides simple upgrade for Ebenezer International Centre

DWR provides simple upgrade for Ebenezer International Centre

DWR provides simple upgrade for Ebenezer International Centre

South Africa:

A cost-effective solution has assisted Ebenezer International Centre in Gqeberha to improve the stage lighting in its 1,700-seat auditorium, as well as the quality of its online broadcast. The new installation by DWR Distribution includes a simple setup of 4m x 4m Prolyte trussing, 16 Longman F4UP PAR cans and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer while utilising the church’s existing infrastructure and equipment.

Senior Pastor Neville Goldman started the church around 40 years ago, opening the large auditorium in Algoa Park in October 1998. With the onset of the pandemic, the church invested in two cameras to improve the quality of its online Sunday service. “One thing the Lord has asked us in times of uncertainty is to be consistent in our approach and to be loyal,” said Brenton Goldman, youth coordinator at the church. “We present daily messages online using the WhatsApp platform. For our community, WhatsApp is the most used and cost-effective form of communication, and we have seen an increase in our online presence more than ever before.”

Ebenezer Community Church is structured with smaller groups within the large church. “We focus on a House of Peace system where, in smaller groups, WhatsApp is used to encourage people, share sermons and for worship sessions,” added Goldman. “We had to be creative during this time. We are growing and seeing God’s people connected to the body of Christ. I know that many churches have experienced this, but we are constantly seeing God’s faithfulness and we have a faithful congregation.”

When Brenton first investigated ways to improve the online service, he reached out to a long-time friend in the ministry, Pastor Peter de Fin of The Acts Christian Church in Midrand, Johannesburg. “Pastor Peter said he knew the right guys for us to work with who would not just install lights but show us how lighting could work in a church,” said Goldman. “Having already received quotations for well over R300,000 from other companies, we met up with Robert Izzett from DWR, who gave us an analogy. We needed a lighting system that had to be somewhere between a Ferrari and a City Golf. He came up with a perfect solution.”

Robert Izzett concurs: “DWR has a great relationship with Pastor Peter from Acts Church and from the moment he called me up about Brenton and Ebenezer Centre, the passion he had for them was contagious. I met with Brenton and his team when they visited our office in 2020, and they were humble and passionate with a love for people. We wanted to help as best we could. We love dealing with amazing people, and the fact they pay us to do what we enjoy most is an added blessing to us.”

Brenton Goldman
Brenton Goldman

Prolyte X30D truss pieces were used at the church, while Longman F4UP LED PAR cans provided an economical solution to wash the stage. The Le-Maitre MVS Hazer is geared for small- to large-sized venues and has two variable speed, high-power fans to control the force and direction of the haze stream. Onboard DMX enables the control of haze density.

The new lighting gear has made a difference, especially when looking back at the older video footage. “The broadcast quality went up a thousandfold and there’s no comparison,” said Goldman. “Our previous picture quality was average but, when it came to wanting a professional look, Rob suggested small things like the use of a hazer and the focusing of our existing lights, which has resulted in a massive difference to our online presence. We have taught and encouraged people to engage online, but we know that once everyone is back and attending services in a church building, it’s going to be wonderful, and the lighting rig will help enhance the experience.”

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