Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church is a family-run, non-denominational church in Dayton, Ohio, which currently hosts services in person, live-streamed, and broadcast over local radio. Pastor Tim Livingston is the second generation Pastor after his father, Norman Livingston, founded Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church 62 years ago.
Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church has been broadcasting its services over local radio for years, but in 2020, as in-person services were canceled or limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines, the church began live-streaming its services each week to help accommodate those who are unable to attend. For both in-person and live-streamed services, the church uses a projector to display the Pastor’s sermon, scripture, and as a virtual bulletin board to reduce close gathering yet still share important information.
“A while back, we adjusted the lighting in the sanctuary which drastically reduced the ability to see the displayed screen,” says Ron Short, Music Minister at Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church. “When we upgraded to a Maxell MC-X8170 LCD projector in late spring, congregation members who sat in the back were pleasantly surprised at the new bright, vibrant, and clear visual display they now had.”
Working with Projector People to replace the decade-old projector, Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church saw improvement in brightness and clarity no matter where you sit in the sanctuary. The MC-X8170 has 7,000 ANSI lumens brightness, ensuring that even natural or undimmed lights don’t affect the display, and with up to 2,500 hours of eco-mode lamp life, the church doesn’t need to worry about frequent replacement of tricky parts and pieces.
Since March, Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church’s in-person services and other events such as funerals have been limited. With the unfortunate passing of a close family member, a relative living overseas was able to record a high-definition video of him playing Amazing Grace which was projected during the service. “I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it,” notes Short. “It was the next best thing to him actually being there.”
Until restrictions are lifted and Greenview Calvary Tabernacle Church is able to operate at full capacity, the church plans to continue operating at a reduced volume. With the MC-X8170, members of the congregation are able to be more spaced out within the sanctuary— “The technology is there to keep people safe if we utilize it,” says Short. “There is a balance to keeping everybody safe and Maxell is helping us do that.”