Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:06

Kim Kervin, Lawyer, Prattville AL

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RRJ:  Kim, you grew up in Athens, Alabama in a Christian home.  How did your parents create an environment for you to know God’s love through Christ? 


Kim:  Growing up, my parents were both hard working. My father worked in a textile plant in Decatur, Alabama and my mother worked in the home.  We attended church on Sunday mornings, but were not really involved in other church activities. My parents also used our home and life routines to create an environment for us to connect to God and know his love through Christ. While I was raised in a Christian home, it was much later before I invited Jesus into my heart.


My parents loved each other and loved us!  They lived out godly lives and I believe that created a passion in us to work hard to do the same. I am a work in progress and have not reached spiritual success, but I work hard (some days more than others) to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.


RRJ:  When did you finally recognize Jesus as Lord of your life?



Kim:  I feel God was preparing me to bloom as a Christian during my first years of law school.  He never stopped trying to get my attention, but I refused to listen to Him. I wasn’t necessarily rebellious, just indifferent.


Fast forward to the night of my daughter’s birth, which was terrifying. My father, as well as my sister and her family, were in Prattville visiting when I went into premature labor.  They had traveled to Prattville for the weekend to assist in putting up a privacy fence at a home we recently purchased. Athens is about a three hour drive from Prattville.  LilliAnna was born about two hours after I arrived at the hospital.  If my family had not already been in Prattville at the time I went into labor, they would not have been here for her birth. God’s presence in every moment of that night makes it all the more memorable.  After LilliAnna was born, she was immediately whisked away to another hospital for urgent care. I remember being alone in the hospital room, but feeling a sense of closeness to Jesus that I had never felt in my life. That was the moment I invited Jesus into my life.  I believe He continues to use that one moment in time to influence me on almost a daily basis.




RRJ:  The verse, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), is one that you live by.  How has He strengthened you?



Kim:  I always enjoyed being a part of various school clubs and groups.  In my senior year, I was officer in a couple of clubs but really not a leader for organizing or planning events. Later, when LilliAnna was five years old, we were invited to become a part of the March of Dimes family. Our family was asked to speak at various events and help raise money for the fight against premature births.  I think this is when I finally listened to God and figured out that I can be a leader.


Before that, fear was holding me back from working my spiritual gift.  But I wanted to help. When I let go of the fear and allowed God to handle my worries for me, it was easy to do all the things I wanted to do.


I believe most people want to help in some way, but struggle with fear or just not knowing how to help.  I realized that maybe my spiritual gift was to just get the process going and recruit everyone else to get on board.



RRJ:  During your work as an attorney over the last 20 years, how have your eyes been opened?



Kim:  Over the past almost 20 years, I have practiced domestic, custody, probate, civil and criminal law.  Most often, I meet with people when they are struggling with some issue or problem.  Going into the practice of law, I had this plan of helping people.  In law school you learn how to be an analytical thinker, the elements of various torts or crimes, etc.  When you start practicing law,  you learn it’s about real people and their lives.


We as a state, and as a nation, are facing a huge drug problem.  Many of the people who commit crimes are drug users. Many of the crimes people commit are drug related. A great deal of the people who complete a jail sentence or are placed on probation return to jail for continued drug use. It is hard to see a person lose his/her family and friends over drug usage and then still continue to turn to drugs.  Some of my clients tell me that a drug user is always seeking that “ultimate high”. 


One day, I was working the criminal docket and listening to my client give me the “I want to stop using...I am ready to quit” speech.  I remember thinking, “Yeah, Yeah, sure, sure…”  Then I saw his mom sitting on the front row of the courtroom straining to hear everything he was saying.  I don’t know why God chose this particular moment, but I finally heard.  As always I am still a work in progress, but I now work hard to hear every “I am ready to quit” as a true plea for help and pray that they come to know that it’s God’s grace that will help them through the process.



RRJ:  How has this awareness helped you in raising your children?



Kim:  As our kiddos grow up, I grow more and more concerned about exposure to drug use. You see, there is no magical formula. I have seen clients from homes where there is no drug use and I wonder what went wrong.  I have also seen people come from homes where drug use is prevalent and I wonder how they remained on the drug free path.


We work hard to teach our children that the “ultimate high” can be found in doing service to others. 


A few years ago, Maggie and Mylee started a lemonade stand alongside their brother’s “stick on” tattoo stand.  Over the course of two years, they raised a total of around $8,000 for various charities.  A lot of people ask how they raised so much at a neighborhood lemonade stand. God did it!  The best part for me was after each event when the girls would talk about how good it felt.  While we have not had any lemonade stands in the past few years, the kiddos participate in other activities like wrapping presents at Bass Pro Shop to raise money for Operation Backpack, serving meals at the Salvation Army, and ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas.


I want them to know that the things they are doing should not be done to look good in the eyes of others.  The true motivation is to grow and use those activities to gain even more knowledge of God. 



RRJ:  You serve with several benevolent organizations and activities in the Autauga County area.  How has this molded you to be an effective Probate Judge, an office you are running for next year?



Kim:  My work in the community began long before God laid it on my heart to run for office. It sounds simple, but I care about people and my work brings me closer in my walk with God.  Even when we are brought up in Christian homes, it is easy to become rebellious or indifferent to God.  For me, growing closer in that relationship with him helps me fight off the risk of rebelliousness or indifference.


The work I do in the community helps me grow in my knowledge of mercy, grace, humility, compassion, understanding, patience, and courage.  I believe all of these characteristics make a good judge.



RRJ:  Kim, do you have favorite scriptures, hymns, or thoughts you can share to encourage our readers to be active Christians?



Kim:  One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 4:10: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”  Don’t be afraid to use your spiritual gift.  I believe everyone’s spiritual gift is different and could change from time to time.  If you see a need for something, fill it.  If you have an idea, share it.  You may not want to be a leader, but your idea can be the spark that an unsuspecting leader needs to realize his/her spiritual gift.




Kim and Chris Kervin have been married for 16 years.  They have six children:  Katelyn, Matthew, LilliAnna, Maggie, Mylee, and Wyatt.



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