First United Methodist Church of Orange will host Jim Hendricks, pianist at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, Nov. 18, in the church sanctuary. The performance will be given as part of the church’s celebration and dedication of the refurbished facilities that were damaged by Hurricane Ike. Another part of the service will feature four monologues by historical church members: Emma George Latchem (1873) and Annie Sells as well as former pastors, W.W. Watts (1893 and again in 1914) and Herman T. Morgan (1949).

After the service, the congregation and guest will pass through the restored first floor of the sanctuary building and adjacent prayer garden as they proceed to a covered dish luncheon. Family Bibles will be on display while members and guest wait in line to serve themselves to the fried chicken and ham provided by the church and vegetables, salad, and desserts brought by the congregation. The public is invited.

Jim Hendricks intrigued musicians and family members as a child with the uncanny ability to play anything he heard on records and memorize any printed music that came across the piano.

After high school, Jim performed with such legends as Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Rita Moreno, Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson, Jack Jones, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, and many others.

He also competed in numerous international piano competitions and was a featured orchestral soloist, performing the piano music of Rachmaninoff. By the age of twenty-five, Jim had accepted a professorship in the piano department of Chicago State University.

While on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jim realized he was not using his talents for God’s glory. Already being a dedicated Christian for many years, Jim knew it was time to leave the secular music world and follow God’s calling into Christian ministry. Since then, Jim has performed more than 1,200 Christian piano concerts in churches all across the land, including three appearances at the Crystal Cathedral. He has made thirteen piano recordings, performed on ABC, CBS, TBN and PAX, authored the book

Contemporary Arrangements for Today’s Church Pianist, and been featured in Clavier piano journal.