The idea for Memory Cross was conceived by Andy Lambert who wanted something that could be used in children's sermons to teach kids scripture that was fun. The result is Memory Cross.
Rev. Andy Lambert is serving as Associate pastor at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem NC. He is the founder of Isaac Ministries, an interdenominational ministry of evangelism and renewal.
In addition to preaching at many Conference events, Andy's uniquely diverse career has included ministry in small and large memberships, rural, inner-city, contemporary and traditional churches. He has a passion to reach youth for Christ, yet his preaching connects intergenerationally and cross-culturally.
Andy is the author of "Man-Eatin' Mutant Monsters from Mars" and co-author of the recently released, "Fuel for the Journey: A Guide for New and Growing Christians." Rev. Lambert received a B.A. in Sociology from Appalachian State University and received his Master of Divinity in 1987 from Duke Divinity School.
He has taught preaching at Pfeiffer University and is a sought after speaker throughout the Southeastern United States and the United Kingdom. In 2004, Andy was awarded the Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism. His wife Renee is a second grade teacher and they have two daughters. Grace and Joy. You can keep up with him on Facebook.
Rev. Bill Gibson is a full time local pastor at Faith Walk United Methodist Church — who spent over 16 years working in the marketing field in interactive branding and business development, with a specializing niche of image marketing. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and Reserve for more than 10 years and is a veteran of the first Gulf War.
He has a passion for preaching and for reaching young people with the message of Jesus Christ, and also pastors the youth of the church. For the past several years, he has worked in support of Conference youth ministry serving on staff at SPIRITUS and Choose2Share Christ — C2SX — annual youth retreats.
He studied at East Tennessee State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and studied Business briefly at Tusculum College. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Ministry/Bible from Southern Christian University. Bill is continuing his graduate studies at Duke University and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School.
Bill and his wife Traci have been married for more than 17 years and they have three children — Tyler, Allison, and Jackson. They are originally from Kingsport, Tennessee.
Mike Vitamvas has been in business and marketing and involved in several companies. He received is degree from High Point University in High Point, NC and his masters from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He is married to Gale and they have two daughters, Ashley and Amanda and three granddaughters, Avianna, Autumn and Auria. Gale is active in Memory Cross and has a degree in Christian Education serving almost 20 years in youth and children's ministry as a Christian Educator and for 15 years as a volunteer.
In 2014 Andy and Bill decided leave the business because time constraints in being a full time pastor in the United Methodist Church.
It is Mike and Gale's prayer that Memory Cross reaches children and adults with the Gospel. They believe there is a need for creative tools with positive and inspiring messages that share God's love with today's generation.