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Amy Lemke recently graduated from Ambrose University with a double major in Music and Christian Studies. She worked as the service coordinator at First Alliance Church while covering for a maternity leave and she now works at the Steinway Piano Gallery here in Calgary. In that year spent at FAC, she worked extensively with ProPresenter and is now happy to pass on some tips and tricks!
Partner, Sapphire Sound
Ben has been passionate about audio since his early days, and growing up wanted to be the tech director at his church. Now he has a unique opportunity to influence positive change in regards to technical workflows and systems across many churches. Ben moved to Calgary 10 years ago to start the Alberta operations for Sapphire Sound, and has since helped to establish a team with a reputation for putting our customers first with the highest level of service. His passion has grown from just audio to include video, lighting, and integrated control systems. Sapphire’s work includes churches and theatres, hospitality clients, arenas and sporting venues, corporate facilities, and educational customers. Ben is now a partner at Sapphire and a father to a very active 14 month old daughter with another child on the way at the beginning of October.
Associate Pastor, Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church
Chris Neufeld received his BA in Church Music from Rocky Mountain College in 2007 and he has been a Worship Arts Pastor for over 10 years. He is a worship leader and participates in bands as a vocalist, guitarist, bass player, and drummer but also as a violinist and is able to “speak the language” of both the contemporary musician and the classically trained musician. He is currently the Associate Pastor at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church in Carstairs and is also serving as Assistant Director for the New West Symphony Chorus in Calgary. He’s married to Breanne and has four kids.
Sound Engineer, FM Systems
Curtis, a sound engineer hailing from Edmonton, AB, has spent over a decade behind the console at live events across Canada. Recent project credits include Jukebox Hero The Musical, The Juno Awards Gala, A Conversation with Barrack Obama, and The Eagles. He joined the team at FM Systems in 2016 and specializes in live mixing, system optimization and technical education. As both a lifelong musician and a former teacher, Curtis is passionate about sharing his approach to mixing, and love of listening.