Irvin is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, where he attended George Washington Carver High School. He became a father at the age of 21, and made poor choices that caused him to live a total 14 years of his life incarcerated. Through this incarceration, God gripped Irvin’s heart during his final five years, and he confessed a true love and desire for Christ.
He felt a calling for youth and men who are incarcerated, or on a path that could lead them to it. Irvin’s desire is to proclaim the gospel with an emphasis on education, guidance, and mentorship; to have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and savior and to practice and execute good decision-making.
Irvin says, “I hope no one has to endure the hardship I faced because of poor choices, and I want to be a beacon of light to these having difficulty choosing right from wrong.”
CGM has given Irvin a voice and a chance to make a difference in the very community he caused trouble in.
In 2010, a year after his release while volunteering at CGM, Irvin crossed paths with an old friend during a routine student pick up. Two years later they began a courtship, and married a year later. Together Irvin and his wife, LaTosha, work with youth in various capacities.
Psalms 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way.” Irvin feels that his steps have been ordered and that God has planted his feet at Common Ground Montgomery.