This week, I talked to Ryan Mercier - Media Team Member & A/V Manager at The Harbor Church - about the always growing and expanding Media and A/V Department here at The Harbor Church. There is so much time and effort put into the media that you see here on Sunday mornings. Ryan is the person behind (and in front) of the lens. Today, we talked about the progression of the Media and A/V team & how he uses his creativity to serve the Church.
How has the Media A/V team grown throughout the years?
The Harbor has always had a remedial level of media. We have always had a camera and things like that. But, it all blew up (in a good way, obviously) when we moved into the Hoover building. Pastor Poole wanted to expand the department, add lights and better sound equipment, etc,. and he asked me to run it. We began investing in all new sound and lighting equipment. From there, it was building a team, which you’ll notice is primarily made up of young people that are interested in that sort of thing.
How have you been able to take your interest/talent in Media & A/V and turn that into a way to serve the Church?
In the past year and a half I’ve had to learn a lot, and really any talent that I have in A/V just has to do with a desire to learn more.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that the Sound Booth is the most disconnected place to serve in the Church. Sometimes, young people like to serve in this capacity because it’s a way to disconnect from the service. I was able to notice this and change the culture. I think it’s a great platform for some students that come into it maybe wanting to be disconnected, but instead find themselves even more engaged and able to grow in an even greater capacity.
As far as the Creative Department goes, I have never thought that I would be doing anything with video. I went to school for biology and picked up a camera maybe 3 or 4 times in the span of 3 years. It was once this A/V thing blew up, that the opportunity came up to do video announcements, and bumper videos and all of those fun things that we do now. The reason that I do video is because I believe that the Holy Spirit is the only thing that will change someone'S life, BUT emotion is the thing that softens the heart. With video, I have the opportunity to trigger the emotions of people so that their heart is open to the Holy Spirit to make changes in their lives.