Shelley Hendry, the key presenter for History Come to Life, passed away on May 23, 2021 in a tragic car wreck. She now has been united with her Savior Jesus Christ and her husband Jim, who founded this ministry before his passing in 2015.
This site is now dedicated to honoring their ministry and legacy.
"We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works...
That the generation to come might know them...
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God"
History Come to Life seeks to change the way most folks think of history.
By addressing the audience as a historical personality, in period dress, our presenters are able to engage the minds and imaginations of audiences in a way that draws them into the subject at hand, weaving a combination of facts and principles into a compelling narrative.
Part historian, part educator, part actor, our biographical dramatists bring to life the lives of great women of the past to inspire audiences with the possibilities of the power of one life.
We have a number of goals:
Whether for a church program, Christian day school, missions conference, children's programs, retirement communities, family reunion, historical or patriotic events, or some other special meeting, the characters of History Come to Life will make an impression that is not soon forgotten.
These programs run approximately 45 minutes but can be lengthened or shortened to adapt to events. They can be presented as one-woman shows with a set or as a monologue, with or without audience
interaction to follow, depending upon the facility's preference. They can also be presented as fundraisers for Christian organizations as a dinner theater.
Blinded as an infant by an incompetent doctor, Fanny never pitied herself because of her condition. Encouraged by her family, she attended, and later taught at, New York Institute for the Blind, where her gift for writing poetry was brought into full blossom. First woman to address Congress, friend of Presidents, her 6,000 hymns such as "Blessed Assurance," "Rescue the Perishing," and "To God be the Glory," have inspired untold millions.
Corrie ten Boom and her family helped many Jewish people flee the horror of the Nazis. As a result, her family were sent to concentration camps, where most of them died. In spite of the horrid conditions, Corrie and her sister Betsy were able to share God's love with many of their fellow inmates. Betsy eventually died, but Corrie was released due to an “error” and traveled the world telling all who would listen that, “There is no pit within God's will where His great love is not deeper still.
The daughter of Quaker parents, Dolley grew to become one of the most influential women in American history. Unusually educated for a woman of her time and married to Founding Father James Madison, Dolley served as White House hostess for both the widowed Thomas Jefferson and her own husband. Her gracious manner put all men at ease in her presence, be they tradesmen or diplomats. Her stories of her widely varied experiences will entertain, amuse and inspir
Anna Jackson was well educated and strong in her convictions, a compassionate, yet firm, complement to her warrior husband. Because she grew up in a strong, close family, she was able to provide the love and security the orphaned Thomas lacked in his early years. She was also able to tell about the side of the feared and fabled Stonewall that few others saw--his tenderness and playfulness in private, his love for children--even getting on his hands and knees to play "horsey" with them, his heart for building up his fellow man--including organizing and leading a Sunday school for slaves in Lexington. The stories of "The Widow of the Confederacy" will bring both tears and laughter.
Known best for authoring the beloved hymn "Jesus Loves Me," Anna Warner had a vibrant ministry during her lifetime to generations of young people. Anna and her sister, Susan, were prolific writers and avid gardeners. They also started a vibrant Bible study ministry to the cadets at West Point, which was right across the Hudson River from their home on Constitution Island.
You may not have heard of Lilias Trotter, but you know the hymn she inspired—“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” She left her life of privilege in England and her promising art career to settle in hostile Algeria. Dismissing her because she was a woman, the Algerian men accused her of being a British spy. But for the sake of the gospel, she never quit, no matter how many obstacles were in her path. You’ll marvel as you read about this woman’s passion for the impossible, her brilliantly gifted life, and the miraculous ways the Lord used her to share the gospel.
Katharina von Bora (after her wedding Katharina Luther) was the wife of Martin Luther, German reformer and a seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation. Katharina is often considered one of the most important participants in the Reformation because of her role in helping to define Protestant family life and setting the tone for clergy marriages.
Wife of beloved “Prince of Preachers” Charles Haddon Spurgeon, this remarkable woman was a true helpmate to her husband in every sense of the ideal of Scripture. A thoroughly cultivated woman of rare intellect and insight, she provided great refreshment of soul and mind to her husband both in his personal life and his ministry. A scholar and writer in her own right, she overcame physical limitations to begin the minister's book fund as well as facilitate the publication of both her and her husband's writings, serving on in semi-invalidism 12 years after her husband's death. Her one-woman play and her fireside readings provide a wealth of encouragement and comfort for Christian women of all walks of life.
Susanna Wesley was one of the primary influences in the lives of her sons John and Charles Wesley, and thus is known as “The Mother of Methodism,” and is one of the “hidden heroes” of the faith. Amid the frequent extended absences of her husband, she maintained her household and trained and educated her children. Her kind but firm discipline, her devotion to and dependence upon God, yielded a legacy that is still bearing fruit.
Jim & Shelley began a living history ministry that has grown to reach audiences throughout the nation. Shelley received her Masters from Pensacola Christian College and she completed studies in speech and drama at Bob Jones University. She has studied extensively the lives of great Christians. Her dramatic monologue presentations give us
Jim & Shelley began a living history ministry that has grown to reach audiences throughout the nation. Shelley received her Masters from Pensacola Christian College and she completed studies in speech and drama at Bob Jones University. She has studied extensively the lives of great Christians. Her dramatic monologue presentations give us inspiring accounts of other believers who trusted in the Lord. As a mother of six children she desires to inspire others to stay the course, depending upon the Lord to show Himself strong in our lives today as He did in the days of Corrie ten Boom and Fanny Crosby. Shelley Hendry passed away in May 2021. You can find out about her other work at shelleyhendry.com
History Come to Life serves a wide variety of audiences and venues, from Christian universities to public high schools and from city historical events to church Vacation Bible Schools. We simply want to present history in the most accurate way possible, and that means (among other things) that we include religious material in the way the historical figures would express it themselves.
For the sake of transparency and clarity, here is our statement of faith.
We believe in: