Jim played his first worship service at Senoia UMC on July 3, 1997. Following worship, Jim was told that the regular organist had resigned the position, and he was asked to become the new church organist at that time. Mr. Preece said that he "would be happy to play until they found a replacement," and ever since the he continues to lead our congregation in worship. In addition to playing the organ and direction the Chancel Choir, Mr. Preece also plans the music for worship in such a way that the basic theme of the sermon is reflected through the hymns, service music, and anthem each Sunday. Through his music ministry, our congregation has enjoyed singing a wide variety of hymns. It is our belief, particularly for our size church, we sing more hymns from our worship hymnal than any other congregation.
A native of Keystone, West Virginia, Jim grew up in Coca, Florida, and following graduation from the University of Central Florida, lived in Savannah, Georgia for twenty-one years. He was the organist/choirmaster of Epworth UMC in Savannah during that time and completed graduate studies at Armstrong/Atlantic State University and Georgia Southern University. He taught mathematic strategies staff-development classes in the Savannah-Chatham Schools for over fifteen years. A middle-school mathematics teacher for 35 years, Jim taught in Fayette County, Georgia, for twelve years. In addition to his position at SUMC, Jim is also the owner of Table Talk, a gift and home décor store on Main Street in Senoia.