Pastor of Creative: Passion City Church
"Gene is, hands down, my go-to guy for all things audio, production leadership tips, gear innovation insights and Kingdom intersections -all in one brilliant human being. His incredible experience both in the church world, touring community, and system design integration makes him a trusted partner of great counsel. He understands how to help Audio Engineers build bridges from the booth to the stage (and vice versa) creating dynamic synergy that leads to powerful experiences. Think no more, bring Gene in, and thank me later."
"Genes knowledge and expertise in audio and production is at the highest level. Whenever I have the honor of having him out with me I feel at ease knowing he will make all aspects better. But the thing I love the most about Gene is his heart and the way he loves people. There’s a world of stuff to learn from him when it comes to the tech stuff, but there’s an equal amount to learn on the character side of things."
Worship Pastor: Eastside Christian Church
"Besides being a phenomenal engineer, the most amazing thing about Gene is that he is extremely gifted when it comes to relational skills. I find this combination to be very rare.
I remember when Gene first came to Eastside, he got to know our team right away and was able to navigate difficult conversations with love, kindness and truth.
He not only helped us achieve our target mix, but helped us all get on the same page and align our collective goals. Have you ever met someone and after 20 minutes, you feel like you’ve known them for years? Gene is that person."
PM: Brandon Lake / Phil Wickham
"I’ve seen Gene mentor countless people with the intention of growth for the mentee and their respective team. Resources for effective production management and audio engineering are available everywhere! While helpful, they typically focus only on the technical skills. Teaching conflict resolution and merging the worlds of production/worship are what set Gene apart from other educators.
By finding the gaps between life, production, and ministry, and bringing them back together - Gene has been able to affirm purpose for whoever is under his guidance.
Gene has spent the past 15 years teaching, mentoring, and coaching me - looking back, I couldn’t have asked for a better life opportunity."
Production Manager: Crossings Church
"Gene is an INCREDIBLE human being. Whether we’re discussing how many plugins is too many, or just catching up on life, I always walk away a better person. The coaching and guidance I received from him has had a lasting impact on the teams I serve, the mixes I create, and on my family."
Monitor Engineer: Charlie Puth / Kari Jobe
"There are many people in our industry who are excellent at their jobs. However, there are not enough of them who see the value of the person as well as the value of their product/service. Gene sees both. He knows the importance of a healthy mind and soul, in himself and in the people surrounding him - no matter the job or event. He is a man of many talents, insights, and connections. If he does not have the answer, he will find it. Conversations with Gene have the potential to inspire and bring a paradigm shift in people’s lives beyond audio."
Production Coordinator: Skyline Church
"Gene has helped me navigate the new challenges of my job as I recently stepped into a staff production role after being a long time volunteer.
I have learned more about being a kind and compassionate leader and what it means to faithfully serve my church. Gene is not afraid to tell you when you’re wrong but he never leaves you behind and always finds a way to make the moment a lesson.
And through this he has helped me learn about audio production, but more importantly how to have an open mind and consider others.
I am grateful for the last 6 months of Gene’s mentorship and coaching."
Brand Strategist: Historic Agency
"There is a giant gap of understanding and development between church technical staff and those that manage them, leading them to burnout, sub-par technical arts, and sideways energy. If your technical production teams are struggling or you simply want to raise the bar of the quality of your church production without killing your team, Gene is the expert you need. He’s a world class FOH Engineer and Technical Director while also being a local church advocate and leader who I’ve relied on for over 10 years."
Audio Director: Saddleback Church
"Gene has been someone I can rely on for not only audio engineering advice, but for big picture life guidance as well. He has always given me tangible tools and next steps to get me to my goals."
Director of Media & Technical Arts
Water of Life Community Church
"In 2015, I got a hold of Gene’s contact info and emailed him asking for help. We had never met before and at the time I was new to a staff at a large church transitioning into a new building. In less than 24 hours I received a phone call from Gene who introduced himself and offered all his assistance, knowledge, friendship, and wisdom to a complete stranger. That’s the type of leader, coach, and mentor he is."
Central Worship Pastor: Rock Church
"Production, as it's own creative expression, helps set the tone for every space it serves. This unique ministry of creativity and technicality requires intentional stewardship and leadership to thrive. Gene is an incredible example of someone who cares deeply for both the hearts of people and excellence in the technical. I have had the privilege of working with Gene, seeing firsthand how he coaches teams by prioritizing the art of caring for people well, then from that place and foundation moving them towards technical prowess, as trust and care are essential in successful ministry. Any organization, team, or person that has the opportunity to be mentored, coached, or consulted by Gene will see the fruit of his unique ministry."
FOH: Jerrod Niemann
"As someone who just finished school, being able to spend time with one of the best audio and production engineers in the live industry is a huge blessing to young techs like myself. My favorite quote from Gene is “Be the same person in a room of five people as you would with 20,000. Under-hype, then over-deliver.” Throughout our conversations, the presence of Gene’s heart for pouring out into people and serving others even when it is not required or without recognition, the word humility is an understatement. Gene is a huge role model of mine and to many other aspiring young engineers who look not to just do tours, but build authentic relationships.”
TD: Spanish River Church
"Everyone needs a friend like Gene. It took me a solid 2 minutes on our first call to realize how unfortunate I was to not have connected with him sooner. You’ll hear anyone that knows Gene speak only about how wonderfully kind, generous and knowledgeable he is. I’m here to confirm that he is indeed all of those things and more. Yet, the thing that I find most admirable about Gene is simply how much he genuinely cares for the person in front of him. In this case, it was helping me reorient my priorities towards the things that truly matter. He can help you too."
TD: Passion Community Church
"It was the middle of Covid, I had been going non-stop for over a year and was wondering if it was time for me to look for another job. Gene listened a lot, shared some. I did not quit my job. Instead I had a very constructive conversation with my leadership, I received a promotion and a raise. Gene's perspective genuinely prevented me from "train wrecking" my career. I still remind myself of the conversation we had when things get challenging at work. It's amazing how much the right conversation with the right person, at the right time, can do."