Kim Clement was born September 30, 1956 in South Africa, a nation divided by apartheid. At the tender age of 17, Kim had found himself addicted to heroine, immersed in the drug and rock scene of the seventies. But one fateful night in 1974 changed the course of his life forever. He was in a bar, in the bathroom, overdosing on heroine when he was robbed and stabbed. He stumbled onto the street and fell into a ditch, feeling himself dying as he cried out the name of "Jesus".
Just as he began to feel life leaving him, a hand reached out and lifted him from death. The hand belonged to a Christian man who shared the message of Christ with Kim. That night, his life drained from a knife wound to his chest. After scores passed by, a stranger picked him up, carried him to his car, and drove him to a hospital. The stranger was a Christian.
"I was in a nightclub and someone walked up to me and stabbed me in the chest. In my confusion, I staggered out into the street and collapsed. I remembered then what an Anglican minister had said to me when I was 9 years old. He said, ‘Jesus walks the streets still today. One day you will need him, just call on him and he will touch you.'". (Kim Clement)
From that day forward, Kim was a follower of Christ and dedicated his life to sharing that precious message. Kim worked as a music director and youth pastor at various churches between 1976 and 1978. These were the years that Kim grew through experience. He worked as a counselor in a drug rehab center called Vital Link. He also worked with and trained mentally handicapped children, focusing on enhancing their coordination through teaching them music.
Jane Elizabeth Barnes stole Kim's heart in 1978, and they were married in Durban, South Africa that same year. They have shared 30 exciting years together and their nine children are a testament of their love. Kim's work in his native land culminated in the co-founding and building of the first non-racial church in South Africa, The Lyric Christian Center. This work, established by Dr. Fred Roberts, defied the racial apartheid system and welcomed all races. He had always been a talented musician; by the age of 17 he had studied music through The Trinity College of Music. A few months previous, he had been a finalist in the South African Yamaha Music Competition while working on, and completing, a film score for a major motion picture.
"I bring the message of God to entrepreneurs, entertainers, politicians, scientists, blue collar, white collar, dog collar, and children alike by communicating the thoughts and words of God to them by means of "the gift" given to me from the Spirit." (Kim Clement)