“Creativity without consistent execution creates a credibility problem.”
Wes’ love for technology and ministry began early when he began volunteering in his church’s media ministry 30 years ago when he was in Middle School. During high school and in college, Wes served in multiple capacities at Second Baptist Church, Springfield, MO.
After earning his degree in Television at Southwest Baptist University in 1993, Wes began serving at Prestonwood Baptist Church and during his 6 years on staff, was deeply involved in a major relocation and building project there.
In 2000, Wes became the Media Pastor at Lake Pointe Baptist Church in Rockwall, TX where he leads 23 Media Staff and over 400 volunteers. Lake Pointe currently has 21 live worship services each weekend at various campuses in the Dallas area and on the Internet.
Wes is relentless about building a team of staff and volunteers who can serve in their areas of passion, with repeatable excellence, who make a huge impact for the Kingdom, but do it without getting burned out in the process.
Wes has a passion for mission work around the world and helping the Church see that they can be missional. Wes has had the opportunity to visit 30 countries shooting video to document the work of local churches, provide media coaching and to install technical systems.
Wes lives just outside of Rockwall, TX and has been married to his college sweetheart, Christy, since 1992. Wes is a pilot and loves flying and spending time with his family in the mountains of CO.
Wes’ new book, Systematic Creativity is now available at Amazon.
During the month of March 2016, I began conducting a survey designed to provide insights for Lake Pointe Church leadership about how people utilize the church’s Internet Campus. Even though the estimated weekly attendance online exceeds 3,000 people, there is little known about this audience. Since the internet creates a significant level of anonymity, there […]
In any given year, I typically travel overseas to shoot video 4 to 6 times. For 2015 my location list so far is Alaska, Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, Egypt and Asia. Shooting video on the road, and especially in a foreign country, is very different than shooting around town or around your church. The stakes are […]
One of the most difficult tasks for a leader is getting a new media volunteer (and even staff) trained, up to speed on your systems, and ready to go solo. Here are 3 Secrets that we have found to be extremely helpful in this process. Secret #1: Have a long on-ramp When merging into traffic […]
If your church is anything like mine, Christmas is a wild and crazy time of the year. It seems that every day of December has an event of some sort that demands your presence or attention. Plus, Christmas Eve services are coming… For our congregation, Christmas Eve services have eclipsed Easter as our highest attended […]
ASES – Airplane Single Engine Sea In July, while on a family flying vacation to Alaska, I took the opportunity to get a float plane rating. Alaska has thousands of float planes to take you into the many beautiful but secluded lakes they have. I located an instructor who was willing to help me get […]
Published in Let’s Worship Magazine – Fall 2013 Form AND Function For years, the entire purpose of a light fixture was to do the obvious: light up a dark area. But I want to challenge your church to explore expanding the purpose of the light fixture beyond it’s basic function and begin to look at […]
From Sunday Magazine Issue #10 For the last 28 years, most of my worship experiences have been from behind an audio console or a director’s station; standing on a camera platform, or from some other technical position. One of my primary pathways to connect with God has always been through serving the Church through technical […]
From: Systematic Creativity by: WES HARTLEY It’s hip to be creative. Creativity is no longer reserved for artists, musicians, and advertising. Instead, creativity is being pursued and valued across all markets and disciplines. It has penetrated both the secular and the sacred. The pursuit of creativity, however, also gives birth to a burden: Someone has to […]