In Christ Ministries was begun in 1982, after Bert returned from a 3-month teaching adventure as a missionary. He taught in an Eskimo Bible School in Cambridge Bay, NWT, Canada, located 200 miles above the Arctic Circle.
After Bert returned from the mission field, he began traveling in a teaching and music ministry across the eastern United States.
In 1984, he was invited to pastor a small, rural church in Shelby, North Carolina. Bert pastored New Life Church for almost 13 years (1984 -1996). While pastoring, Bert met and later married Joanne in 1994. They resigned from the church in 1996 and then launched out into a traveling children's ministry. They ministered as a team in schools, churches, libraries, Upward Basketball Awards Ceremonies, day care centers and preschools throughout the southeastern United States until 2015.