MANSON - Our Savior United Methodist Churches in Manson and in Pomeroy will be hosts to international Christian pianist Jim Hendricks on Oct. 11.
He will perform at morning worship services at Wesley Center in Pomeroy at 8:30 a.m. and Grace Center in Manson at 10:45 a.m. He will then perform a special concert for the public at 4 p.m. at the Grace Center in Manson.
A freewill offering will be taken at this concert.
Hendricks began performing as a child with an uncanny ability to play anything he heard on recordings and to memorize any printed music that came across the piano. He continued intensive musical study and was considered a professional as a teenager.
After high school, he performed with Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Jack Jones and many others.
He also competed in international piano competitions and was a featured symphonic orchestra soloist. By the age of 25, he had accepted a professorship in the piano department of Chicago State University.
While on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hendricks realized he was not using his talents for God's glory.
A dedicated Christian for many years, he knew it was time to leave the secular music world and follow God's calling into Christian ministry.
Since then, he has performed Christian music at the piano in hundreds of churches all across the land, including several appearances at the Crystal Cathedral in California. He has made numerous recordings, performed on television, authored the book "Challenging Arrangements for Today's Church Pianist" and has been featured in Clavier piano journal.
Following this 4 p.m. concert in Manson, the United Methodist Men will serve a light supper for a freewill donation.
Hendricks will be available for a meet-and-greet.