Sound Summit Columbus


Thursday, Jan 31 to
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019


Delaware City Vineyard
32 Troy Road
Delaware, OH 43015


Sound techs, worship leaders, and musicians of All ages & skill levels.


$149 by 1.5.19
$169 on 1.6.19

Sound Summit is for beginner to advanced sound techs, worship leaders and musicians of ALL AGES who want to take their church’s sound to the next level! We will have ample hands-on training from some of our best techs in the Vineyard family and beyond. Our gathering will be fast-paced and include times of worship and ministry throughout the gathering. Our aim is to empower and encourage paid and volunteer sound techs in the Vineyard. 

Topics will include:

  • Developing and modeling a heart of service from the soundboard 

  • Tools for learning good source sounds (drum tuning, guitar amps, vocal technique)

  • Recruiting, training and administrating volunteer tech teams

  • Room tuning and attenuation (dampening)

  • Takeaway tips for EQ, Compression, and Effects on ALL INSTRUMENTS. 

  • Takeaway tips for making your PREACHER’S microphone sound loud and clear

  • Hands-on training for both digital and analog mixing consoles 

  • Recording and Studio 

  • Gear, gear and more gear. Lots of microphones, speakers, and tools on display for testing.  


Bobby Spangler is rolling into 3 decades serving in “the industry,” he has installed systems and trained techs in many churches and schools throughout the US.  He had the privilege to mix FOH for portions of the 2015 Vineyard National Conference (Hosted at the Columbus, OH Vineyard), and has recently upgraded and installed systems at several Vineyard churches around the US.  He’s engineered on projects released by Vineyard Worship and Tooth and Nail Records and has toured with several local and national acts as their FOH engineer and road tech.  Bobby and his wife Jennifer live in Campbellsville, KY, where they raise their 3 kids and serve at the Vineyard Church. Check out Bobby’s website:

Marliz Morales is the director of sound and video production in her full-time ministry work in La Viña del Este in Costa Rica (where she was born). She has been involved in church ministry since 2010 and part of the Vineyard family for the last four years. One of her most recent projects is designing a national training method for the Vineyard churches in Costa Rica. This project focuses on recruiting, training and motivating people involved in church sound and media teams. She has served in Church ministry for eight years in many areas, such as worship, sound mixing, youth groups, camp coordination, and missionary teams. Marliz is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Advertising Designer.

Chris Ratcliff’s interest in music and sound started at a young age. He volunteered to run sound for his local Baptist church when he was 19 years old and his passion has grown ever since. When Chris began attending a church in his hometown, the Vineyard Church Paxton campus, now the Hope Vineyard, he continued to run sound as a volunteer and overseeing the tech team. After serving there for about two years, he accepted a full-time position as the technical director at the main campus for the Vineyard Church in Urbana, IL. He has now worked there for over seven years overseeing all of the audio, video, and lighting elements for their three campuses in Urbana, Sullivan, and Bloomington-Normal. Along with managing all of the technical systems at the Vineyard’s campuses, he directly oversees the volunteer tech team of 35 members at the Urbana campus. All of these hats keep him busy but he still finds time to run sound at FOH for the weekend services and during concerts the church hosts which is his true passion. He and his wife, Cecile, have been married for 24 years and he is the proud father of five children.

Mike O’Brien has served as a worship pastor, speaker, record producer and songwriter for Vineyard USA for two decades. He holds his Masters of Worship Studies from the Webber Institute of Worship and is currently serving the church at large in worship team training and worship leader mentoring. Mike, his wife Susan and their son Ezekiel live in Atlanta GA. Check out Mike’s studio at

Leo Morales is a professional musician, guitarist, composer, and producer originally from Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013, Leonardo’s home church of Vineyard Columbus started a Spanish worship service. He has been serving on staff as the worship coordinator for that service as well as a point person for all the media training and events ever since. Leonardo is a certified Guitar Center pro-audio associate and consults with churches in audio and team training in addition to his home studio work. Leonardo, his wife Lilia and their newborn son Elias enjoy making music, building community and traveling the world together.You can check out Leonardo’s website and youtube channel here:


My Sound Techs have day jobs. How can I get them there?

Offer to send them and pay their costs. When was the last time you invested in the discipleship of your sound ministry people? Having an inspired, equipped sound tech might be a better investment than getting $1,000 worth of new gear. This investment could save you a future headache.

Sample Costs: 
$149 Conference Cost (early bird) 
$320 Round Trip Airfare to Columbus 
FREE Friday Lunch 

Our church sound is already awesome, why should I send somebody?

As churches grow and develop, sound needs change. Now is a GREAT time to build on your strengths and grow more leaders. It’s also a great way to bless and thank your sound tech(s) for a job well done.

Can Kids/Teens attend SOUND SUMMIT?

Yes. We welcome ALL AGES (those under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult). Parents/Leaders are welcome to be in the building and do work in the lobby or cafe area if you do not want to attend the event. 

Should I bring any gear?

SURE! A set of headphones, your favorite microphone, reverb unit or guitar for impromptu jam sessions.

What about lodging?

There are many local Hotel or AirBnB options. Please make arrangements on your own. In addition, there may be a limited number of host homes available from the host church. Please indicate if you’re interested in a host home when you register.

Are scholarships available?

YES! We are offering partial and complete scholarships for those in need. Church planters and non-US passport holders are encouraged to contact us for more details on scholarship opportunities. Email for more details. 

What's the schedule?

Sound Summit will begin with an optional reception Thursday Evening (1.31), all day Friday (2.1) and conclude Saturday (2.2) at Noon. We encourage attendees to arrive in Columbus Thursday morning/afternoon to maximize your experience. Detailed schedule coming soon.

When Should We Travel to Sound Summit?

We encourage everyone to arrive in Columbus Thursday morning or afternoon. Our first optional reception is Thursday evening at 8pm and will include food, lots of gear, spinning vinyl and fellowship. The conference ends at Noon on Saturday. Schedule departing flights anytime after 3PM to allow time to get to the airport.

Other questions?

Feel free to email us: