Bargeheights is a team of production artists with a passion for revolutionizing the visual landscape of the local church through skillful design and value-rich products. Our fixtures are used weekly by churches all over – churches just like yours who put them through the paces each and every week. Our one-of-kind visual design for worship venues focuses on lighting while also influencing video systems and room interiors. Our product line was born out of our search for greater value in lighting and LED video products which lead to relationships, opportunity and a calling to bring high performance, value priced lighting products to the church market. Bargeheights’ cost-effective lighting and LED video tools will transform the look, feel, mood, and environment of your worship space without breaking the bank.
Clifton Grimm: My journey into lighting and visual design for worship began with a very patient and talented teacher. I was young and extremely interested in production, particularly lighting, and Bill was the man who let me hang out and learn. Little did he know that allowing the awkward teen-aged kid watch over his shoulder while he built cues would set the major direction for my life. That passion led me to pursue and graduate with a degree in Lighting and Scenic Design. I have worked in professional theatre; I taught technical theatre at the high school level, and while building my portfolio and experience I realized I was being called to serve in the church. I have a real desire to help churches utilize resources they already have while putting into place a process that allows for creative flexibility and successful experiences for every member of the team. I spent 10+ years working in weekly production at a church, where I was able to work with Matt and others like him who were eager to learn, had servant’s hearts and were hard workers. It’s those relationships that are the key to making this work.
Matt Cooper: Like so many artists, I learned my craft through lots of reading and the instruction of an incredible teacher. I was fortunate to hang out with some very talented expert production artists and have the opportunity to hone my skills on a nice set of gear in my local church. Yes, (like so many of you) I was the middle school kid cueing lights for “big church.” It’s that experience which propels us to share our knowledge, experience, skills and ideas with every local church, spurring a dialogue and transformation of the visual landscape the “worship experience” in every church.
What’s in the name?
I was the middle school kid running lights for big church. I got my start in a church with a lighting console located high above the room- “heights.” The same church’s opened a new auditorium with a moveable front of house mix position, called the “barge.”