Lee Varian


Lee Varian is the Founder and original Director for the School of Tech Arts. Lee came to Gateway in 2008 after many years as a student pastor and then worship pastor from Texas to Florida. He studied at Southern Methodist University, Howard Payne University and New Orleans Seminary. Most of his life has revolved around live music and related technologies and he now serves as Pastor over Tech Arts and Technology at Gateway Church. He is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.

David Sumrall


Prior to joining Gateway Church, where he began as Associate Director for Live Audio Production, David Sumrall worked as an Audio Engineer, Production Manager, Technical Director at recording studios, record labels, churches, theaters, and other performance venues. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, with a B.S. Mass Communications, Recording Industry and a minor in Music. He is married and has two sons.

Brandon Marx

Lead Live Video Instructor

Brandon Marx studied film production at Biola University in Los Angeles, where he developed an ongoing passion for film and broadcast production. He has been in the commercial and corporate video industry for over ten years, producing video content for live events such as TEDx, corporate video, healthcare, commercial video, and church media. Brandon has been a part of Gateway’s Tech Arts department since 2010. While he is not directing/producing, you can find him spending time with his beautiful wife and their three children.

Vivian Smith


Vivian Smith is the Coordinator for The School of Tech Arts and an experienced trainer and photographer. Vivian studied at Sacramento State University in California, where she majored in Digital Media Communications and Photography. With a growing passion for art, media, music, technology, and ministry, she enjoys serving the Kingdom in the worship ministry, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Vivian loves to help others develop their strengths, achieve success, and grow in their gifts. When she's not developing the school, she's spending time with her husband and pouring into their ministry.

Guest Instructors

Brian Bolly, Cinema and Live Sound Project Manager, Meyer Sound Labs, Baltimore, MD
Alan Carter, Video Director, NBC’s The Voice
Ed Crippen, Audio Engineer/Systems Design, Clark, Nashville, TN
Robert Ennis Jr., Video Director, Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood, CA
Armando Fullwood, Director, Wave, Audio Engineer for Israel Houghton, Darlene Zschech, Andre Crouch, Martha Munizzi
Carrie Havel, Assistant Director/Producer, America’s Got Talent, Hollywood, CA
Lucinda Ireland, Technical Director, Jeopardy, Hollywood, CA
Buford Jones, Senior Education Specialist, Meyer Sound Labs, Berkeley, CA
Rob Kurtz, Lighting Designer/Director, Orange County, California
Kent Margraves, Blue Director Wave, Audio Engineer Elevation Church
Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, 3 Time Grammy Nominated Audio Engineer, Dallas, Texas
Brad Schiller, Lighting Professional and author of The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook
Gabriel Antonini, DPA
Ryan Shelton, Digico
Chris Tsanjoures, Rational Acoustics
Tim Vear – Shure
David Leuschner, The Digital Great Commission
Andrew Stone, Church on the Move, MXU
Justin Firesheets, Church of the Highlands
Josh Holowicki, Founder E2IDesign
Jeff Sandstrom, Sonnet House, MXU, FOH Engineer for Chris Tomlin, Passion Conference, Israel Houghton
Pete Keppler, FOH Katy Perry, David Bowie
Larry Huante, Director, NBCNFW
Jonathan Decker, Producer, The Blaze
Jeremiah Clever, Elevation Church
Noam Raz, Waves Audio
Brian Victor, FOH Engineer for Phillips, Craig, and Dean
Todd Eliot, FILO Conference, Willow Creek Church
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