People of all ages from throughout the River Region –   but especially those with children in their lives – were  invited to attend a special event on January 15 at 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery.  “Building Oaks of Righteousness” featured special guest speaker John Croyle, founder of the Big Oak Ranch, and worship leader Kim Hill, a Dove Award winning and Grammy-nominated musical artist. The event was free and open to the public, sponsored by Beasley Allen Law Firm.

Big Oak Ranch provides a protective and loving environment for children who have been abused, abandoned, or otherwise endangered. Through this ministry, Croyle and his team have rescued and parented more than 1,800 children. He has been in the “trenches” of parenting, and the Lord has given him a timely and penetrating message challenging parents, grandparents and future parents alike to raise their children to be “oaks of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:3)

“I was extremely impressed recently when I heard John Croyle, founder of Big Oak Ranch and a former Alabama football star, share one of the most inspiring messages to parents I have ever heard,” said Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley. Croyle was the featured speaker at a prayer breakfast held during the firm’s annual Legal Strategies Conference & Expo in November.

“Our children are being barraged by damaging images and messages from our secularized culture. Indeed, our society has become a very tough place for children to grow up with a Christian worldview and a strong sense of right and wrong,” Beasley said. “More than ever, we have an important responsibility to prepare and protect the children in our lives.”

More information


John Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch web site »

Kim Hill’s web site »

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