Jeff Jackson is the Senior Pastor of First Redeemer Church in Cumming, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. The church is recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the Southeast United States. The 2,000 seat sanctuary was built in 1997, and the church was investigating ways to update the space. After interviews with several firms, Paragon 360™ was selected because of their experience in similar size spaces with similar needs.
Paragon 360™ was contracted in the summer of 2014 for the scenic, staging & architectural work, lighting, and new video projection systems. “Paragons re-design has been a dramatic change for us and our congregation has been wowed by it to say the least” states Pastor Jeff Jackson. “In fact, when people saw it for the first time, mouths dropped open. It’s beautiful, it’s modern, and it’s fresh. Our congregation has been very pleased with it. The biggest surprise to me was how similar the renderings were to the final product. In this case it was identical.”
The project features a completely modular choir riser system for 125 members using Paragon’s signature modular staging system. In addition, all of the walls around the stage were completely re-finished in illuminated scenic and architectural elements, including faux wood, rock, and acrylic glass treatments that were designed and installed by Paragon 360™. The center stage area also included one of Paragon’s signature media walls with six motorized 80” displays, allowing for excellent camera one backgrounds, in addition to illuminated modesty walls, and one of Paragon’s signature Drum Enclosures.
Jeff Jackson explains, “The greatest benefit of this re-design is that when our contemporary congregation shows up, they come to a sanctuary that looks like it was designed especially for them. Then, when our blended group shows up, it looks like they are in a worship space that was especially designed for them. The re-design that Paragon created is such a great enabler for us to be able to do ministry is various ways using the same space. We’re able to make good use of the resources God has entrusted to us by re-using the same stage for a contemporary service and for a blended service, reaching a very broad audience.”
In addition to the scenic and staging elements, new HD projection systems were installed using three 16×9 screens with Digital Projection HIGHLite Laser 3D projectors. The center screen is a new, drop down motorized screen that opens to reveal the baptistery. Over 70 LED units were used in the illumination of the stage elements.
The project was installed over a two week time frame from start to finish. “I cannot say enough about the install team” Jackson says. “The install team was very professional. They worked very hard, worked long hours, were very respectful of our facility and did in a very short amount of time what we thought would be much longer.”
The church had to relocate during the demolition and installation process. “The timeline that we were working with was very important to us because of the relocation” stated Jackson. “Being on time is very important to us and Paragon did not disappoint. They showed up when they said they were going to and worked very hard to be completed when they said they were going to be completed. We were able to move in on time.”
Jeff Jackson concludes, “Paragon knows what they are doing. They have done this many, many times. Not only do they have creative ideas, but they know how to implement those ideas very efficiently and very cost effectively.”
In November of 2016, Paragon 360™ was honored to win a WFX 2016 Solomon Award in the category of “Design and Installation of AVL System Major Technology Upgrade – Existing Building” for our project at First Redeemer Church.