Back in 1985, the PalmCross® idea evolved from a team experience when Ron Foht was commissioned as lay leader for a three-day retreat. He carved the PalmCross® for use as each team member delivered a talk while holding the cross in the palm of their hand. The cross was made from walnut, and he didn't have time to apply a finish before the retreat because he ran out of time! After the weekend, Ron was amazed to see that the character of the cross had changed because the wood had absorbed the oils from the hands of the people who held it. Each person had truly become part of the cross!
Then in early 1997, Ron's job of 30 years began to disintegrate due to downsizing and competition. Ron and his wife Elaine sought God's direction, and their prayers were answered. By December 1997, they received copyrights and trademarks on the PalmCross® design, shape, and name and proceeded to make and sell the cross to family, friends, and the public. They soon began receiving letters and phone calls from people sharing what the PalmCross® meant to them. Ron and Elaine realized that the Lord had simultaneously given them a wonderful job and a fulfilling ministry!
In 2000 Joe and Deena Rogers experienced their three-day weekend retreat, just as Ron had. In 2008 Joe was the lay leader for a similar three-day retreat and received his PalmCross® from that weekend. Similarly, in 2011, Deena received her PalmCross® from her turn as a lay leader on another weekend. Both have cherished their PalmCrosses ever since.
In late 2018 Joe experienced a similar downsizing from his job and began to look for other opportunities. Then in 2019, Joe discovered ByRon PalmCross was no longer producing crosses after retirement and contacted Ron to see what had happened with the business. After getting to know one another and after some prayerful consideration, the decision was made to purchase the business assets and move production to Kansas. In September 2019, PalmCross® re-opened in Kansas with Joe and Deena Rogers at the helm. PalmCross® continues to be a ministry and blessing for all those involved!