Local Hawaii Church Wins Brand New AV & Lighting System from 5 Words Media Giveaway!

by | Jul 7, 2021 | AVL Projects, News, Production

JULY 2021, Honolulu, HI – On Friday, January 11th, 2021, Daniel Gourley, CEO of 5 Words Media, announced the winner of their #FreeChurchAV giveaway who would be the lucky recipient of a complete AV & Lighting system valued up to $200,000. Congratulations to the winner, Caleb Surface of Ohana Baptist Church in Honolulu, HI, who is receiving a brand-new AV & Lighting system installed by 5 Words Media this month!

Caleb Surface, Season 2 Winner

“Being from Hawaii we are generally left out of contests like this due to the cost of shipping and travel,” says Pastor Wayne Surface of Ohana Baptist. “We are grateful that 5 Words Media not only considered us, but they chose us in part because of our cost of living here in the islands. They understand how difficult it is to buy and ship good quality equipment to Hawaii. They have gone out of their way to make this a great experience for us in every way and we are extremely grateful. They are coming to us from Arizona, but they already have the Aloha spirit!”

In September 2020, 5 Words Media (an audio, video, and lighting production company located in Phoenix, AZ) launched Season 2 of their annual giveaway to support churches and provide an opportunity to receive a completely free AV & Lighting system valued at up to $200,000. Between #FreeChurchAV’s Season 2 launch on September 7th, 2020 until submissions closed on December 7th, 2020, completed entries from 906 churches from 43 states across the US were received.

After selecting and announcing Ohana Baptist Church as the winner, 5 Words Media began the process of fully evaluating their existing venue and gear, designing and building the perfect system for their facility and ministry needs, and are now traveling to Honolulu to complete installation this month. Ohana Baptist’s new AV & Lighting system features: a direct view LED Video wall from THOR: AV, a speaker system from Electro-Voice, microphones from Shure, lighting from Altman, ADJ & Elation Lighting, a digital audio console from Allen & Heath, video switching systems from Ross Video, PTZ cameras from Marshall Electronics, and so much more.

“We are very excited to work with so many great sponsors to support Ohana Baptist Church with state-of-the-art audio, video & lighting gear,” says Daniel Gourley (5WM). “Once manufacturers heard what we were doing and that it was for such a dynamic church serving its community, they came forward and offered thousands of dollars in equipment, design services and programming support that are crucial to making #FreeChurchAV a success!”

Throughout the process of spreading the word about #FreeChurchAV, 5 Words Media partnered with Brian Tabor, Jenn Smale, and Scot Longyear of Worship Leader Probs (@worshipleaderprobs). The teams at 5 Words Media and Worship Leader Probs are passionately committed to serving and supporting local churches by equipping and training its leaders for effective ministry. Together, 5 Words Media and Worship Leader Probs shared the #FreeChurchAV giveaway opportunity with churches all across the nation with the goal of blessing a church that is doing incredible ministry and in need of some support with better AVL gear to increase their effectiveness and reach.


Ohana Baptist Church is a small church who is committed to serving those in need, reaching those who are far from God, and planting more churches that will live to fulfill that same mission. Around 50% of Ohana’s community is made up of active military deployed on Oahu.  Ohana is excited about how #FreeChurchAV is going to empower the church to minister to and support this awesome military community. Ohana seeks to bring the local church into more island communities in an effort to reach more people with Jesus’ love.

ABOUT HOPE CHURCH (Season 1 Winner)

Jonathan Wright,
Season 1 Winner

Hope Church won Season 1 of #FreeChurchAV and was given an AV & Lighting System valued at $169,000. 5WM installed the new system in July of 2020 and the experience was great! Hope Church is a thriving community of Jesus followers and has planted seven churches, making a significant positive impact in the local communities of Danville, VA. Their AV & Lighting system will greatly increase the worship experience within their auditorium, as well as maximize their impact through their church plants and on their online live stream services.


At 5 Words Media, we are here to be your AV & Lighting advocate and partner in ministry, education and business. We are your partner when times are easy or when schedules are tight, and we ensure that our clients experience a simple process – See, Hear, Feel Design & Build – with each and every project. Our team will utilize the latest in audio, video, and lighting technology to design and build the perfect solution that is tailored specifically to your venue and will support your vision. Discover how our process of designing a world-class AVL system can work for you!

Contact: Daniel Gourley

Phone: (619) 900-4910

Email: dgourley@5wordsmedia.com

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