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About James

James H. (Jim) Pence is a man of many talents. He’s a performance chalk artist, singer, speaker, published author, ghostwriter & collaborator, but he prefers to be known simply as a follower of Jesus Christ and a storyteller.

Chalk Artist

Jim has been doing performance chalk artistry (sometimes called “chalk art” or “chalk talk”) for thirty-seven years. He started drawing in 1978 when he was a youth pastor in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 1986, he began studying under the dean of chalk artists, Rev. Ding Teuling. Jim attended Ding’s chalk art workshops for eight consecutive years. Jim has drawn across the U.S. in venues as large as the Anaheim Convention Center and as small as someone’s living room. He has shared his performance art with groups ranging from Zig Ziglar’s Born to Win seminar to Kiwanis Clubs, churches, conferences, camps, and even prisons. Jim’s strong vocals and storytelling ability round out his programs.


Cover of Terror by NightJim is a versatile writer, having been published both in fiction and nonfiction. In 1987, Jim turned to writing as a way of working through his grief after the death of his one-week-old daughter Michelle. Several years later, Dallas Seminary’s “Kindred Spirit Magazine” published A Road Not Chosen, Jim’s account of his daughter’s brief life and her impact on Jim and his wife, Laurel. Jim broke into book publishing  in 2001when Osborne/McGraw-Hill published How to Do Everything with HTML a book on Web authoring written “by a non-techie, for non-techies”.  In 2003, Tyndale House published Jim’s first novel, Blind Sight. One of his most powerful books is Terror by Night, the stunning true story of Terry Caffey, a modern-day Job who lost everything in one night, then saw God restore it. Check out Jim’s book table for more about his writing.


Jim served for fifteen years as pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Greenville, Texas, and he is an accomplished speaker and teacher. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Dallas Bible College, and a Master’s in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jim’s background in ministry and theology enable him to bring a solid Biblical perspective to his messages. Jim Pence speakingJim also is a frequent speaker at writer’s conferences, and teaches workshops on everything from fiction writing to electronic publishing.


Jim has been singing ever since he can remember, although it wasn’t until he was fifteen that he worked up enough courage to actually sing in front of people. His first “concert” was for a small group of parents and children at the local public library. Since that day, he hasn’t looked back. In his programs, Jim frequently sings the music and particularly the “story songs” of Ken Medema (www.kenmedema.com).


Jim’s range of experience includes ministry to adults, youth, and children. He has worked in prison ministry (and served for three years on the prison ministry staff of First Baptist Dallas), spoken in homeless shelters, churches of all sizes, and groups such as the Ziglar Corporation.

Jim is a powerful storyteller and is comfortable speaking to any age group and will tailor his program specifically to your needs.


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What People Are Saying About James

Jim’s presentations combine the strength of art, music, and speech in a way that quiets the room and brings whispers of awe. His talent holds the audience’s attention, and his message grabs people’s hearts.
Frank Ball
North Texas Christian Writers
Do you get tired of the same old? Same old topics presented in the same old way. James H. Pence breaks the mold. Combining stunning chalk drawings with his marvelous singing voice, Pence delivers emotion, substance, and hope during his shows—which will stay in your heart for a long, long time.
James L. Rubart
Bestselling author
Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair
When Jim started to speak, I knew we were in for a treat. His message impacted everyone in attendance. Then Jim sang. I don’t know how to say this other than that I was blown away. So was the rest of the audience. I could not believe the beautiful, powerful voice that came out of this gentle, humble man. His amazing chalk artistry wrapped up an unforgettable evening. Jim delivered a program that wasn’t just great, it’s what I would call 'chalk and awe.' I like Jim even more now. I know you’ll like him too.
Twila Belk
The "Gotta Tell Somebody" Gal
Quad Cities Writers Conference
Davenport, IA
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Terror by Night
In March of 2008, God preserved a single page from Jim's novel Blind Sight through a house fire and then used it to change the life of Terry Caffey, a man whose wife and two sons had been murdered and his sixteen-year-old daughter implicated in the crime. Terry went on to forgive his daughter and the men who had murdered his beloved wife and children. This is a life-changing story of the power of God's grace and forgiveness.
A Baby Named Michelle
When Jim and his wife Laurel were expecting their first child, they learned twenty weeks into the pregnancy that their daughter would die shortly after she was born. Jim and Laurel refused to consider abortion and decided to carry the baby to term. Michelle Lynn Pence only lived one week, but in those brief seven days she transformed Jim and Laurel's lives. This is a message of life and hope for anyone who is facing trial and tragedy. God truly does cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him.

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