"Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” – Revelation 14:13
About 1,200 people gathered at the Orange County Church of Christ building in Irvine, California on February 11, 2017 to show their love and respect for Kevin Mains, evangelist, husband, father, grandpa, son, brother and friend. Another 6,000 watched the memorial service live online and another 6,000 have watched since.
One of the best comments I overheard was, “That was Kevin’s best sermon ever.” As Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). Kevin’s life of love for God and others spoke through the beautiful songs, the testimonials by Bruce Williams, Mary Mains, children Stuart Mains and Olivia Zenteno and their wonderful spouses Ashley Mains and Chaz Zenteno. Kevin had prayed specifically that these two people would fall in love with his children!
Other testimonies of Kevin’s life were the people from the restaurant Kevin loved who asked to cater the memorial service meal, and the 20 people who came from the Starbucks he frequented.
Reading the personal comments on the OCC Facebook page and the families’ pages and hearing the moving, insightful and humorous moments shared at the memorial reveals what everyone whom Kevin touched already knows: Kevin was the real deal. He was one of the most authentic people and disciples that I knew. And he had that special quality of connecting with everyone he met. Only in heaven will we fully know his impact and we look forward to celebrating there. Now he joins the “great cloud of witnesses” who are cheering us on to finish the race.
I first met Kevin and Mary when they were young Christians in Cincinnati. We invited them to move to Chicago to train further in the ministry. We watched them grow and serve effectively in the Midwest and then in the Los Angeles area for many years. They led the Orange County ministry for the last 10 years. Kevin always kept his faith in God and focus on the mission. Both of their children and spouses now serve in the full-time ministry and so many are strong Christians through their leadership and love.
If you would like to honor Kevin with a gift, please donate to the Kevin Mains Memorial Mission Fund.
If you or someone you know could use some encouragement and inspiration, watch this memorial service and share it with others. This is what it is all about. Our best sermons are in the lives we impact for God.