2017-09-01 / Faith

These volunteers are on cue

Camarillo church members operate cameras, lights and sound system
By Cameron Kiszla

BEHIND THE SCENES—Megan McTavish, above, and Heather Kibble, below, are part of the tech team at Camarillo Community Church. 
Photos by RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers BEHIND THE SCENES—Megan McTavish, above, and Heather Kibble, below, are part of the tech team at Camarillo Community Church. Photos by RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Jeff Hamlin, Marc DuBransky and Heather Kibble can be found in the sound booth at the back of Camarillo Community Church on many Sundays.

The booth offers a bird’s-eye view of the stage in the 954- seat church, and if the team of tech-savvy volunteers are doing their jobs right—mixing sound, running the big screen and working the cameras throughout the church—not many attending the service even know they’re there.

Hamlin, DuBransky and Kibble are part of a rotating group of volunteers who operate the sound booth. They bring their professional skills to the church on Las Posas Road and help make the services into multimedia productions.

“They’re definitely the unsung heroes,” said the Rev. Kelley Reid, worship pastor. “When everything goes right, nobody knows they’re there, and when anything goes wrong, everyone knows they’re there.”

But Reid said the team is very good at what they do, dealing with tech and working with the musicians who play during each service.

To show their appreciation, Reid and his wife, Kimi, host dinners for the tech team and musicians as a way to acknowledge the impact they have on Sunday services.

“We have competent people with servant hearts, and they make my job a lot less stressful,” Reid said. “We’re a team, and that was our biggest thing going forward this year; how do we become as strong a team as possible, and that’s what we did.”

Reid said it’s not uncommon for the musicians to get their fair share of accolades after a service, but he realizes the tech team in the booth is often overlooked.

DuBransky, who handles the lyrics for worship, said his background in information technology lends itself to this kind of service.

“It’s using the gifts that I’ve been fostering for years and years, and using it in a setting here to hopefully help bring people to Christ,” he said.

Hamlin, who helps run the robotic cameras, brought his own background in stage production to bear.

“For me, it’s service and giving back to the church,” he said. “It’s my role in being part of the family. I think we all have different gifts and talents.”

Kibble— whose husband, the Rev. Kenny Kibble, is the executive pastor—agreed and said everyone, no matter their skill set, has a way they can contribute. In her case, she found working the lights to be a fitting combination of her artistic side and her preference to be as far from the spotlight as possible.

“There’s always a way for you to fit in, and God has a plan for whatever skills he’s given you,” she said. “You just have to find what that is and not be afraid to try new things. You’ll know when you’ve found your purpose.”

DuBransky and his wife, Tanisha, went through a similar search to find where they fit, including stints as greeters and in children’s ministry. Now that he’s found a place where he feels comfortable, he encourages anyone else looking to volunteer to avoid overthinking their decision.

“Even if you don’t think your talent is good enough, if you just present yourself and make yourself available, some wonderful things can happen through you.”

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