5 Words Media Awards Second #FreeChurchAV Winner

Ohana Baptist Church Wins a Free Lighting & AV System

Valued at $231,000, Caleb Surface of Ohana Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii became the second winner of the #FreeChurchAV giveaway.

The installation was recently completed, after 5 Words Media CEO Daniel Gourley announced Ohana Baptist Church as the winner in January 2021. Season 2 of 5WM's annual #FreeChurchAV giveaway launched in September 2020 and closed December 2020, with entries from 906 churches across 43 states.

"Being from Hawaii we are generally left out of contests like this due to the cost of shipping and travel” (Says Pastor Wayne Surface of Ohana Baptist). “We are grateful that 5 Words Media not only considered us, but they chose us in part because of our cost of living here in the islands. They understand how difficult it is to buy and ship good quality equipment to Hawaii. They have gone out of their way to make this a great experience for us in every way and we are extremely grateful. They are coming to us from Arizona, but they already have the Aloha spirit!”

Who is 5 Words Media?

Based in Pheonix, Arizona, 5 Words Media provides AV & Lighting with a  process based on five words - See, Hear, Feel, Design, and Build. Their team works with clients to provide the perfect solution for every venue. 

The Install

Ohana Baptist Church's new system features a direct view LED video wall from THOR: AV, a speaker system from Electro-Voice, Shure microphones, lighting fixtures from Elation, Altman, and ADJ, a digital audio console from Allen & Heath, video switching systems from Ross Video, PTZ cameras from Marshall Electronics, and many others. 

“We are very excited to work with so many great sponsors to support Ohana Baptist Church with state-of-the-art audio, video & lighting gear,” says Daniel Gourley (5WM). “Once manufacturers heard what we were doing and that it was for such a dynamic church serving its community, they came forward and offered thousands of dollars in equipment, design services and programming support that are crucial to making #FreeChurchAV a success!”

X-Laser Sponsors Giveaway

X-Laser was one of the many sponsors for #FreeChurchAV Season 2. We love being able to bring our Mercury laser control systems to places of worship.  

"As worship venues look forward to creating more dynamic and immersive environments than ever before, 5 Words Media has found that the inclusion of X-Laser's brilliant Mercury system of high output laser lighting fixtures cuts through any worship service set with precision and a flexibility offered by no other," says Daniel Gourley (5WM).  "We love the fact that the Mercury system allows for precise control with most major lighting control systems and our church volunteers we train pick up the system extremely fast!"
Special thanks to Daniel Gourley and the team at 5 Words Media, and congratulations to Ohana Baptist Church.
Photo courtesy of 5 Words Media and Cole Sears Photography



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