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Episode Info: Paul Alan Clifford: How I became a church tech guy. This is my story. This is how I became who I am. I hope it helps someone out there. In November of 1982, I started my relationship with Jesus. This one decision influenced my life more than any other and started me on the path that led me to where I am today. Since I was in third grade at the time, I didn’t think I could yet do anything to really help out with the church’s mission and God’s calling. So, I just slowly grew for the next few years. In the summer of 1988, I went to youth camp. It was there that I heard God the most clearly I had up to that point. It was then that I knew He wanted me to spend the best hours of my day working for Him. I just didn’t know the details. There’s a reason. Almost nothing I do now had been invented yet. I pursued this calling, fumbling in the dark for specifics, for the next several years until college. I realized that my initial thought, music, wasn’t for me, since I was below average in all the needed skills. In college, I discovered philosophy and wondered if I should become a Christian philosopher. Ultimately, I ended up going to seminary. At the time, my school, Asbury Seminary, was the most technologically advanced seminary in the country. With video production, distribution, and internet ability, I started learning about how to use these tools in ministry. I eventually started going to a church, Quest Community Church, which valued these skills. Once I graduated, I had trouble finding a job. Eventually, I worked at a national electronics chain, then briefly at a church in Virginia before coming back to work in television and eventually in tech support for a whole-house audio-video manufacturer. When that company moved to California, I was given a generous severence package that I used to start, llc. in February of 2011. I’d started podcasting in 2005, but it wasn’t until I took over Tech Help for Churches, that I was given the opportunity to do streaming video. That’s when my calling really rolled into focus. I was meant to start the world’s first Church Tech Network — For all this to happen, I had to overcome fears, insecurity, and trust that God wouldn’t let my family starve. Even though it’s still t
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