The Lamb is a favored symbol of the Moravian Church. He can be found on the wide variety of logos and images that depict the Unitas Fratrum in every corner of the globe. And he is central to our seal and motto — Our Lamb Has Conquered. Let Us Follow Him.
Now, thanks to the efforts of Moravian members from eastern North Carolina, little Moravians can add a fuzzy representation of the Lamb who conquered to their stuffed animal collections.
Chris Gann, a member of Covenant Moravian Church in Wilmington, N.C., and his family own a custom plush toy company in Raleigh called Gann Memorials. Several years ago, Chris had an idea to transform the Moravian seal’s “Conquering Lamb” image into a three-dimensional, plush toy. The toys were to help support Covenant Moravian’s building fund and were made available to other churches, too.
In late 2013, Chris and his company created a new version of the lamb, complete with halo, staff and cross flag. It caught the eye of IBOC executive director Mike Riess, who thought the “Conquering Lamb” would make an excellent addition to the IBOC’s online store. Nicknamed “Conky,” the Conquering Lamb plush is now available for $14.57 (get it?) from the IBOC.
“We’re excited about producing this all new ‘Conquering Lamb’ design, keeping with the Moravian Seal’s original imagery,” says Chris.
Chris’ family-owned toy company was founded in 1999, launching with a line of specialty charity teddy bears. Several years later, he started receiving inquiries from clients around the world who needed his assistance with their own custom plush toy projects. Around 2005, Gann transitioned strictly into custom plush toy development.
To order a Conquering Lamb plush, visit store.moravian.org. For more information about Chris’ company, visit www.gannmemorials.com.
From the October 2014 Moravian Magazine