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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.
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.
Jim 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 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.