Council Road Baptist Church was established in 1963. The church, with weekly attendance of over 1,500, is located in Bethany OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The church is led by Pastor Rick Thompson. Paragon 360™ was contracted in 2014 for a complete design-build sanctuary renovation of their 1,200 seat space to include everything from AVL systems to staging & scenic elements, seating, flooring, acoustics, and interior design work.
Audio systems feature a new EAW QX series speaker system with SB series subwoofers and micro wedge floor monitors, powered by QSC amplifiers, with mixing by Yamaha CL series consoles over a Dante network. The existing Yamaha M7CL console was upgraded to operate on the Dante network, and repurposed for broadcast audio. In addition, the audio system contains 16 channels of Shure ULXD wireless microphones, and six channels of Shure PSM900 IEM units.
Video systems included new Da-Lite 16×9 rear projection video screens with Sony Laser Projection, and a complete video production system with multiple Panasonic cameras, including PTZ cameras and Panasonic switching systems.
Lighting systems featured over 60 new conventional lighting units, and over 70 LED units, in addition to new architectural control stations. Over 180’ of trussing and new dimming distribution provided new lighting positions, with some positions being motorized.
“We wanted it to be a sacred space, but we wanted it to be modern and reflect the type of worship space that we have today” stated Rick Thompson, Pastor. “We started to plan and dream with Paragon 360 and they were actually able to put it into a perfect design. When we saw the first concepts, we knew we had the right company. Paragon 360 listened and created a very intimate space that allows us to have very traditional worship, and then turn right around and have a very modern, contemporary service.”
Multiple faux wood, stone, and illuminated architectural & scenic elements were designed and built by Paragon 360™ to conceal the older, existing choir loft area, without the need to tear it out. The custom designed elements created an amazing transformation of the sanctuary space. The units feature 23’ tall illuminated textured towers, screen surrounds, I-Walls, and Modesty Walls. Also provided were large side wall textured treatments, a center illuminated cross unit, modular front of stage steps, and Paragon’s signature modular staging and DE-360 Drum Enclosure.
“As with many of our projects, the goal in this case was to limit the tear out and demo work” states Donnie Brawner, CEO, Paragon 360™. “We worked to design creative solutions around the existing facility so that we can minimize dollars spent and maximize value and impact. So much of the time we see the latest, greatest, and most expensive equipment on the market tied up in a lukewarm environment that misses the mark to many worshipers and first time guests. Our goal is to create an amazing environment in the space that allows natural, authentic worship to take place. Technology is a part of that, but it’s not all of it. Many times in all reality, getting the technology right is the easier part of the equation.”
The renovation also included painting the ceiling black, new paint schemes throughout the room’s interior, changing pews to theatre seats, new carpet, new stage flooring, and acoustical treatment. Over 200’ pleated velour curtain closes off the balcony area creating a more intimate space for various styles of worship, but still allows for maximum seating for special events and productions.
“It’s not just important to tell Paragon 360 what you’re looking for, but it’s also important to listen to Paragon 360” said Pastor Rick Thompson. “What they had to share with us was very valuable. Young and old love this space. And I think that might be as a Pastor the most gratifying thing of all, that our congregation has embraced it so enthusiastically. We literally have not had a single complaint, as crazy as that seems to say.”