Real Talk Kim’s real name is Kimberly Jones‐Pothier. She’s a preacher, best-selling author, entrepreneur, pastor, wife, and a mother. This wonderful woman and her husband Mark Pothier are the Senior Pastors at Church of the Harvest in Fayetteville, Georgia. Their marriage has produced four sons.
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Let’s dive into her history a bit, her beginnings were tough and it wasn’t a smooth one. This is what she has to say;
“I was raised United Pentecostal and raised in this religion that said if you get divorced, you are going to hell on a Slip ‘N Slide,” she says.
That thought process didn’t really deter her. By 18, she’d run away and married a boy. Three months later, the couple divorced, and Jones-Pothier jumped on the Slip ‘N Slide.
“Like I’ve already messed up so much, what’s the point?” she says.
She turned away from ministry.
As a student of Rod Parsley, she thought she’d turned around. And then she met another boy.
Seventeen years and two kids later, she divorced again.
“We were both raised in ministry, and we were praise and worship leaders in churches and had just horrible marriages behind closed doors, and we couldn’t talk about it,” Jones-Pothier says.
Ten years into her marriage, her husband turned to alcohol.
“It was all happening due to my own storms that I was created because I couldn’t surrender because I was rebellious,” Jones-Pothier says.
In 2006, at age 36, she moved back in with her parents, her 7- and 9-year old boys in tow.
She was miserable. And that’s when God spoke to her.
“I was like, ‘If You’re not going to heal my marriage, then at least take the pain away.’ He said, ‘I’m not going to heal this marriage because you never asked me if that was your husband. You’ve been fighting this thing for 17 years. You’ve told him for 17 years, “I don’t need no man,” and then you got one, and you’re at a place now, Kimberly, where you’re either going to get powerful or you’re going to stay pitiful, and you’re going to keep repeating … the same cycle because nobody in your little unit family is fixing anything. You’re blaming the world,’ He said, ‘So I’m not taking the pain away. You get up and walk away from it.’
“Man. I’m so thankful that God went like raw,” Jones-Pothier says.
Today she’s a human rights advocate with a passion for giving back and an advocate partner with Rock Paper Scissors Foundation, a Non-profit Organization. She has been featured on The Doctor Oz Show, Oxygen’s Network Series’ Preachers of Atlanta, CNN and radio shows. Real Talk Kim Instagram account has grown to over 800,000 followers.