James H. Pence draws the stories of your heart as speaker, singer, chalk artist, editor, and author. He presents powerful programs to a variety of audiences. When singing, he assumes the dramatic role of biblical characters and uses a new generation of chalk artistry to communicate messages about God's goodness and sovereignty, even in the worst circumstances. He gives programs to churches and civic groups and has a special passion for sharing presentations in prisons.
He has been published in both fiction and nonfiction. James is the author of Blind Sight, a gripping novel about mind-control cults and coauthor (along with Terry Caffey) of Terror by Night: The True Story of the Brutal Texas Murder that Destroyed a Family, Restored One Man’s Faith, and Shocked a Nation, along with other titles.
Jim holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in creative writing and journalism from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Dallas Bible College. TX area.
Attendees from the baby boomer era remember the old-school chalk talk artistry and assume Jim will be following that technique. Instead once they sit in Jim’s audience they admit to experiencing “chalk and awe,” a fresh new way to combine artistry, drama, music and message. Audience members viewing chalk artistry for the first time see this as a very current approach to the gospel, using more than one of the five senses to communicate truth.
Jim has been doing performance chalk artistry (sometimes called “chalk art” or “chalk talk”) for over thirty 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. Over the last thirty years, Jim has drawn in churches, conferences, camps, and prisons across the U.S. His strong vocals and storytelling ability round out Jim’s programs.
Jim is a powerful storyteller and is comfortable speaking to any age group. He will tailor his program specifically to your needs.
Listen to an excerpt of a speaking presentation
Free to Forgive
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.
How to Keep Your Eyes on God When They’re Full of Tears
When we experience suffering or tragedy, often our knee-jerk reaction is to blame God and ask how He could allow it to happen. In this message, delivered at Lake Cities Community Church in Rowlett, Texas, Jim discusses the need for a “theology of suffering,” and shares how we can keep our eyes on God when they are full of tears.
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 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.
Writing and the Sovereignty of God
When James Pence’s novel, Blind Sight, didn’t meet sales expectations, he became discouraged. However, James prayed that God would use the book in someone’s life. Several years later, James learned how God took a single page from his novel and changed a man’s life. This message is a reminder to all of us that, even though we may not see immediate results from what we are doing, God takes our efforts and uses them for His glory.
Why Christians Must Not Abandon the Arts
Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has pointed out that in today’s world, philosophy and worldview are presented and discussed through the arts. Although the arts can never replace the preaching of God’s word, Christians nevertheless need to engage the culture and present our world view through music, writing, and art.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Christian music, books, and films have a general reputation of being inferior in quality compared with their secular counterparts. Is that a fair characterization? If it is, why should we care and how can we remedy the situation?
Educating the Soul (as Well as the Mind)
We are creative because we were created in God’s image. Much of education is devoted to training the mind. Instruction in the arts educates the soul. It teaches us to develop our God-given creativity and to use it for His glory.
Education and Home School Events
Jim is a former homeschooling dad and he teaches home schooled students in both writing and art.
The Arts and the Bible
What does the Bible have to say about the arts? Should there a place for them in a Christian world view?
Guiding the Creative Child
Tips for cultivating your child’s creativity.
What if My Child isn’t Interested in Art?
How can you incorporate art education into your curriculum if your child doesn’t like to draw?
Lessons from an Art Museum
When you go to an art museum make the most of your time. Go with a plan.
How to Teach Art to Different Ages at the Same Time
Tips as you tackle the job of teaching multiple kids all at the same time.
Jim offers more than thirty different chalk art presentations. Below is just a sample.
"Today we live in a visual society. Through God’s anointing Jim Pence graphically paints with chalk, music, and song to remind us of the greatness of God. His paintings remain on your mind, his worship in your ears and his testimony in your heart. The experience inspired me." ~ Bill White, Birmingham, AL
"Jim, thank you so much for sharing your heart and your talents at our Born To Win Seminar. The entire Zig Ziglar Corporation as well as our 183 participants greatly benefited from your interaction with us. We appreciated how you tailored your message, your songs, and your drawing to our theme. There were multiple comments from all who attended that it was a highlight of the weekend. Thanks again. We look forward to working with you again in the near future." ~ Bryan Flanagan, Director of Corporation Training, Ziglar