James William (Jim) McClintock
1934 - 2021
Jim McClintock, a bass singer, was widely known for his work in the Voice of Prophecy King's Heralds male quartet and as Executive Director/Secretary for Ministry of the Cross, a full-time speaking and singing ministry. In his work with MC, he gave concerts, participated in revival meetings, and made television and radio appearances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. MC produced over 25 albums including some featuring songs performed by him and his wife, Ann, a contralto and a registered nurse and graduate of the Loma Linda School of Nursing. Three of the albums are in Spanish.
Jim was born near Springfield, Ohio, on November 6, 1934, one of three children of James Franklin and Annetta Mae Wires McClintock. He began singing at age six and all during his high school and college years sang in numerous quartets, including a group known as the King's Men Quartet while he was attending Southern Missionary College, now Southern Adventist University, in the 1950's.
McClintock graduated from SMC with a B.A. degree in business and accounting and then worked in a number of accounting and CPA firms for several years as a way to support his growing music career. He declined an offer to sing in the Jordanaires Quartet in 1958, when they were the back-up group for Elvis Presley for several of his recordings and movies. He married Ann C. Pillor on October 4, 1959.
In 1961, John Thurber, a former member of the SMC Adelphian and King's Men quartets, was chosen to sing in the VOP King's Heralds quartet. When, after Thurber's first year in the VOP quartet, two positions opened, two other former SMC quartet members, McClintock and Jack Veazey, joined the quartet. They sang together for five years before Thurber left in 1967. During that time, the quartet joined with Del Delker and Maurita Phillips Thornburgh to sing in a group under Wayne Hooper called the Hymnsingers. He also sang in numerous other choral groups including the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Mitzelfelt Chorale.
McClintock, continued with the quartet for another ten years after Thurber left. During his fifteen years with the King's Heralds, where he was affectionally known as "Big Mac," he sang in over twenty languages and dialects, recorded numerous albums, and traveled extensively in many countries.
After Jim left the VOP in 1977, he developed Ministry of the Cross in 1983 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt California corporation,a personal music and preaching ministry. It became a full-time endeavor in 1988. Jim and Ann were residing in Thousand Oaks, California, when she died on January 14, 2018. He was living there when he died in a hospital in Los Angeles, California, on November 28, 2021, at age 87.
Sources: Interview, 2005; Online Sources, 2021; Ancestry.com.