The third in a series of six concerts will be held at Hope United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a dinner hosted by the youth as a fundraiser for their summer mission trips. There will be no charge for the concert, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Jim Earp, a dynamic musician/guitarist from San Diego, will be featured. Jim will share a selection of his original topical songs that embrace the Christian faith, original instrumental arrangements of timeless hymns and his original compositions.

Jim describes his style as nouveau/Celtic/classical/folk, as demonstrated on his latest release, Smiles To Go. He has been playing guitar since 1973.

Earp’s latest CD is Aloha Guitar. San Diego Troubadour has reviewed this release, calling it is “a generous helping of beautifully played music and a must-have for acoustic guitar lovers, and it is also a primer for slack-tuning guitar, performed by a master.”

Jim has been a two-time “Top Five Finalist” in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas, and his music has appeared in songbooks and CD compilations alongside such guitarists as Pierre Bensusan, Phil Keaggy, Andy Mckee, Doug Smith, Stephen Bennett, and Pete Huttlinger.  Earp can be heard on the sampler, Acoustic Guitar Highlights Volume II, alongside cuts from, among others, Elton John’s bandleader Davey Johnstone, The Hellecaster’s John Jorgenson and ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber.  Further background information and a sampling of Earp’s music can be found on his website

Hope United Methodist Church is located in Rancho Bernardo and is hosting a musical concert series for the second straight year. Founded in 1977, Hope Church is a multi-cultural, multi-faceted, and diverse congregation with a strong music program, a Christian preschool and numerous outreach ministries.