Digital projection projects sanctuary at Baptist church

Digital Projection International (DPI), the Emmy Award-winning manufacturer of projection systems, announced that First Baptist Church of Woodstock has installed two of its LIGHTNING 28sx projectors in the main sanctuary of its new campus located in the Northwest suburb of Atlanta, GA.

DPI's 3-chip DLP LIGHTNING 28sx projectors are used in a rear-projection configuration onto two 15ftx38ft screens located above and behind the Church's pulpit. The 14,000-member Church uses the LIGHTNING projectors to provide colorful visuals for its multiple worship services, special events and other activities such as high school graduation ceremonies.

For its Sunday worship services, First Baptist Woodstock projects live digital camera feeds, hymn text and computer graphics support. Additionally, the services are streamed live on its Web site to an average of 7000 viewers per week.

DPI's projectors were selected for many reasons, according to the church staff. Adequate brightness was critical, because the 7000-plus-seat sanctuary has a great deal of uncontrollable ambient light. Also, the projectors had to be proven and reliable, since they will be used for long periods on many occasions.

The most important reason the church chose DPI's projectors, according to Doug Whitney, First Baptist of Woodstock's video director, was the way they could help Senior Pastor Johnny M. Hunt and other staff members deliver the church's message to its congregation in a more dynamic way. This was especially important during the church's first Sunday services in its new sanctuary in early October, which drew more than 14,000 people.

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