First United Methodist Church, Ardmore


First United Methodist Church, Ardmore


Selzer Architects - Architects
Julian Berry - General Contractor

Client's Goals

FUMC Ardmore, who has a newly-remodeled, classic-looking facility built in the 1920's, wanted the ability to quickly transform its rather traditional sanctuary into a contemporary worship space with minimal effort and a fast turn-around time between services. The church also wanted the ability to have a live worship band on stage with a large, 28-foot wide projection screen in the center.

Project Details

Clair Solutions designed and installed a custom audio, video and lighting solution for FUMC Ardmore that brought their technologies up-to-date without compromising the traditional aesthetic of the church. In addition, we were able to successfully conceal loudspeakers and other AV elements without sacrificing sound quality and performance.

The main sanctuary PA consists of a combination of Renkus Heinz IC Live columns and an assortment of JBL boxes. The system is powered by Lab.gruppen with BSS Signal Processing and controlled by an Allan and Heath iLive Digital Mixing System.

The 28-foot wide DaLite motorized projection screen is brought to life with a 20,000 Lumen DLP projector from Digital Projection and is accompanied by four 55-inch Panasonic LED displays for under balcony coverage. AMX is used to seamlessly control the video systems. An RF Modulator sends a hard line to a local TV station down the street for local broadcast of the church's services.

A beautiful arrangement of ETC LED light fixtures provides stunning theatrical lighting for the stage. Both the theatrical and house lights can be controlled with the click of a button on an ETC Ion Console.

In addition to the main sanctuary, we outfitted the new welcome area with ceiling speakers for overflow and playback capability. In this area, one can control a handled wireless system dedicated to that space for special events by the BSS wall controller. We added TV displays for signage, announcements, and overflow video, all of which are switchable through the AMX system in the video production room.

The Clair Solutions Difference

Clair Solutions was able to completely transform this stunningly traditional sanctuary into an exciting, contemporary space for their EPIC (contemporary) service. Making the transition between the two service environments is seamless and effortless. Given the age of the building, implementing the necessary equipment proved challenging. However, with a great deal of planning and preparation, our team was able to overcome obstacles dealing with electricity and HVAC to ensure a successful and functional installation.