The Family Church of McAllen, Texas (TFC) chose a Robe lighting system for its new 1,400 capacity main worship auditorium.
The Robe fixtures were specified by TFC’s Technical Director Obed Castillo and supplied by Phil Rapp of Gear Systems Design from Edmond, Oklahoma, who partnered with TFC to supply and install the full technical production package for the new space.
The new larger sanctuary was the result of a much needed expansion to the existing premises to accommodate the popular and well-attended worship services.
The stage systems for the new auditorium were designed for concerts and broadcasts in addition to the five weekly services. Currently, TFC has a web-based ministry, but future plans include going to a multi-site format, so good broadcast lighting was vital to the final technical plans.
Gear Systems specified four ROBIN 600 LEDWashes, eight ROBIN 300 LEDWashes, four ROBIN 300E Spots, eight ColorSpot 250E ATs and ten LEDForce 18s plus a Robe Faze 1050FT hazer.
Most of the lights are installed on trussing above and around the stage, and some are floor mounted on the stage. With the flexible design of the rig, any light can be moved to any position allowing endless possibilities for looks and effects.
The auditorium has limited available power, so it was important to choose fixtures with low power consumption, hence the selection of the LED fixtures and Robe’s small 250 series moving lights.
Practical on-going operational costs were another consideration, coupled with the fact that McAllen’s location on the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley means that high temperatures are a factor, so fixtures outputting little heat will help with the utility bills.
The lighting is primarily operated by TFC’s volunteer technical team using a Jands Vista S3 console.
Picture: Stephanie Costello