Ellsworth rejoined his home church in 2000 and volunteered as sound, lighting and video operator. He assumed the position of coordinator in 2006. In this position, he is responsible for the operation of the sound reinforcement equipment in both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, as well as the equipment for the hearing-impaired and the lighting. Ellsworth performs the scheduling, coordinating and training of assistants for Sunday services, weddings, funerals, memorial services, meetings and other events where our church is used. In addition, he assists in the recording of events that take place in our sanctuary.
Ellsworth and his wife Jeanne serve as deacons in our congregation and assist in the ministry of delivery and pickup of recorded media to shut-ins or those who cannot attend services.
Ellsworth has 3 sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and 8 grandchildren.
Ellsworth is a life member of the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company, having served as volunteer beginning in 1957, and as fire chief and president in past years. He is also a charter/life member of the Bridgewater Volunteer Rescue Squad, holding several offices including President and Captain, and is certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and CPR instructor.
Other interests including flying (he is a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot), Amateur Radio Operator (he became a licensed ham operator at age 15), and Valley Aerospace Team, a high-powered rocketry club. He is also the co-owner of three patents, and in 1988, received the Good Neighbor “Volunteer of the Year” Award from JMU.
In 2006, Ellsworth was the 9th recipient of the J. J. Freeman Excellence in Engineering Award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. Although Ellsworth officially retired as Chief Engineer from VerStandig Broadcasting’s five radio stations in 2009, he still owns Broadcast Technologies and still uses his engineering skills for several other local radio stations. (photo by Lisa Houff Photography ©2015)