Audiophile Chuck Oakley told his worship pastor, “I know God has more for me than just being the resident recording engineer capturing the latest high school concert!”
On that day 12 years ago, Chuck’s pastor said, “Call Frank Fortunato at OM. He just bought some recording equipment similar to what you use. See if he has anything to say.”
Fortunato needed to return to Central Asia and deliver recording equipment to underground Christian musicians there. Without hesitation, Chuck offered to go in his place. He went and upon his return, Chuck Oakley helped Fortunato found Heart Sounds International, an OM partner ministry that empowers believers to create and record indigenous worship music.
Since then, Chuck has completed audio and video projects in several countries. A Delta pilot by day, he still makes time to help direct Heart Sounds, allowing Fortunato to complete his doctoral work. Chuck is an innovative leader actively building the Heart Sounds team.
Would you like to join him? You can step out from behind your church sound board and become a field recording engineer through a two-week project. These projects occasionally call for videographers and worship leaders. Musicians can teach a workshop or host a songwriting event for local churches. Learn more by telling Heart Sounds your interests and passions on their preliminary application.