Jim was born in Durbin, W.VA. He loved the mountains and just
enjoyed life. He grew up in a Christian family and at the age of six, he began
singing with his Dad, Mom and sister. Growing up in the Brethren Church, they
sang at many churches, revivals, and tent meetings in the area.
His father was employed by the Western Maryland Railroad and as
a result, the family lived in many small towns in West Virginia during his growing up years.
In 1978, Jim’s father was killed in an accident while working on the railroad.
After the death of his father, Jim depended on God to get him through that very difficult time. His father had such a love for Southern Gospel music that Jim decided to pursue the possibility of singing
with a group.
Jim sang with various groups some of which included: The Gospel
Travelers, The Masters Four Quartet, The Calvarymen, True Alliance, New Spirit Quartet and now, Keystone State Quartet.
Jim lives in Ebensburg, PA with his wife Wanda. Three children, nine
grandchildren and one great-grandchild complete the family. There are two furry
friends that live at the Vance residence. Their names are Louie J. and Patch.
Jim is excited about
the ministry of Keystone State Quartet and looks forward to traveling and spreading the good news of Jesus in song. He loves to chat about the good old days in the mountains of West Virginia, but watch out, he might
just talk your leg off.