James H. (Jim) Pence is a full-time speaker, singer, chalk artist, writer, and editor,living in North Texas. Jim turned to writing in 1988 as a helpful means of expression after the death of his baby daughter Michelle. Eight years later, Dallas Seminary's Kindred Spirit published A Road Not Chosen, Jim's narrative account of his and his wife's experience.
Jim broke into book publishing in 2001 with How to Do Everything with HTML, a how-to book on Web authoring, written "by a non-techie for non-techies," and published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill. He followed this book the same year with another book for Osborne: Cascading Style Sheets: A Beginner's Guide. Osborne published a second edition of Jim's HTML book, re-titled How to Do Everything with HTML & XHTML, in 2003.
Also a published novelist, Jim is the author of Blind Sight (Tyndale, 2003), a suspense/thriller novel set in the mind-control cults. His most recent novel, The Angel (Kregel, 2006), is set against the backdrop of the euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide movements. The Angel provides a chilling look at what can happen when society no longer values human life. It is also a compelling portrayal of one man's struggle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Jim moved into nonfiction with "Terror by Night", the true story of the brutal Texas murders that destroyed a family, restored one
man's faith, and shocked a nation. Terror by Night was released by Tyndale House in October 2009. Tyndale is also re-released Jim's novel, Blind Sight with Terror by Night because there is an amazing connection between Blind Sight and Terry's recovery after the murder of his family.
Most recently, Jim wrote "More God" the amazing story of Nate Lytle, a young surfer who suffered a massive traumatic brain injury and was not expected to live--but God had other plans. "More God" is an incredible story of hope and answered prayer.
A 1978 graduate of Dallas Bible College and a 2003 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Jim has been in full time ministry since 1978. He served fifteen years as pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Greenville, Texas before launching out by faith into prison ministry. He left pastoral ministry in 2000 to concentrate on reaching out into prisons in Texas. Jim continues to evangelize and disciple inmates through his Inmate Bible Institute and through prison chapel programs.
A talented chalk artist and vocalist, Jim has shared Christ across the United States through music and art. Jim and his wife Laurel recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. They live on six acres in the country, northeast of Dallas, Texas, and have two children. Their son Chris is 23 and married his childhood sweetheart Betsy Corbet in 2008. Chris and Betsy have a 3-year-old daughter, Elaina Michelle. Jim and Laurel's daughter Charlene is
19, and works as a dental assistant.