We’re stoked to recognize and thank Paul Klingenberg! Paul has been helping with the AV / Tech Ministry at Canyon Springs for a whopping 10 years, since 2005! His service doesn’t stop with AV Tech as he helps with just about anything “hands on”. Not surprising since he is a registered Professional Engineer engaged in the structural design of buildings. And this was after a stint in the carpentry field! Thank you Paul for helping people experience God! We appreciate you!
Learn more about the great work that God has Paul doing below, including pictures!
What Ministry / Group do you Volunteer With?
Theater set up/tear down and sound tech
When did you start coming to Canyon Springs?
2005 when we met at Dingman
What made you decide to Volunteer?
For me it wasn’t a big decision, I noticed other people putting things away after church and joined in. Then I heard they came in early to set things up so I started doing that too. Chairs, tubs of Sunday School supplies, and things like that at first. Eventually I started plugging in and rolling up cables which ended up leading to the mixing desk and me becoming a “sound guy”.
What is your favorite part about Volunteering?
I get to hang out with a great group of seriously talented guys. We come in at 6:30 Sunday mornings to start loading in the gear and inevitably jokes and laughter ensue, it really is fun working with these guys. There are a multitude of talents in the group that come together to make church happen and it’s satisfying to have a part in that. Right there with us is Kyle, he is the mad scientist with the vision, always challenging us to get better. He has turned a rag-tag bunch of volunteers into a lean, mean back stage machine.
Do you volunteer with other organizations, outside of Canyon Springs?
During my son’s school years, my other volunteering has been related to school activities. He is now in the Scripps Ranch HS Marching Band so I help out with that. I also volunteer sound services for some events outside of church like band concert’s my son’s guitar teacher has for the kids.
What purpose/value/feeling do you feel/gain/have when you are volunteering?
I always like to help out when there is something I can do. I’d rather help than stand around and watch others work.
Where were you born/raised?
Born in Toledo, Ohio. And raised and in the area, graduated from Bedford High School in Michigan just north of Toledo.
Favorite childhood memory?
We lived in a fairly rural area with a big yard and lots of farmland around us. I loved exploring the woods and creeks and building forts. I was always building something.
What is your job/profession outside of Canyon Springs?
I am a Professional Engineer with BWE/Burkett & Wong Engineers in San Diego where I do the structural design of buildings. I made my living as a carpenter in my earlier years before returning to school. I graduated from San Diego State in 1996 and went to work for Burkett & Wong where I have worked ever since.
I am married. My wife’s name is Debbie. We have one son, his name is Erik and he is currently a Junior at Scripps Ranch High.
Stuff & Random Tidbits
What was(is) your favorite cartoon as a kid (or adult)?
Duh, The Roadrunner! Do they still have him on? I’m pretty old so maybe the Roadrunner and Coyote show has been canceled. I also liked Winnie the Pooh from when my son was little. I identify with Eeyore.
What is your favorite food / restaurant in San Diego?
My wife says I’ll eat anything but I like to think I have a diverse palette. My favorite restaurant is Yanni’s. You can’t go wrong with anything Yanni serves.
What is one “interesting fact” about yourself?
Making electric guitars is one of my hobbies.
Anything else unique or interesting you can tell us about yourself?
Nah, I don’t really like talking about myself so I’ll leave it here.