Services to “Celebrate the Life” of Rev. Steve Lambert, age 59, of Seminole, FL are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday August 29th in Clearwater at the First Assembly of God, 1739 MLK Ave., Clearwater, FL and at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 1st at the First Assembly of God, 135 Bell Road, Montgomery, AL. The family will receive friends at Clearwater First Assembly, Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday, at 11-1 p.m. On Thursday, the family will receive friends at Montgomery First Assembly from 11-1 with burial to follow in the Montgomery Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Veterans Funeral Care of Clearwater, FL.
Rev. Lambert was born July 4, 1952 in Mobile, AL to Rev. Vaudie and Lillian Lambert. His parents’ beloved hometown of Montgomery, AL is where he attended Yancey Park Kindergarten, Capitol Heights Elementary, Capitol Heights Junior High School and Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1970.
On June 30, 1973 he married Ruth Ellen Lenn at Evangel Temple, Montgomery, AL, the church his father founded and pastored for 20 years. Rev. Lambert’s early years of ministry began during his studies at Southeastern Bible College, Class of 1974 (Southeastern University), Lakeland, FL where opportunities were given to further develop his God-given musical, pastoral, teaching and preaching ministry gifts. While he gratefully appreciated his formal education at Southeastern and AGTS (Assembly of God Theological Seminary), he treasured the Godly model for life, family and ministry exemplified by his parents. This birthed a lifelong passion to mentor others who may have been deprived of a loving family and Christian example.
As an Assembly of God ordained Minister, Rev. Lambert’s ministry touched many as he served congregations in various roles: First Assembly of God, Montgomery, AL; Moffitt Road Assembly, Mobile, AL; First Assembly of God, Tifton, GA; First Assembly of God, Tuscaloosa, AL; Bagdad Assembly, Bagdad, FL; Crichton/Knollwood Assembly, Mobile, AL; Grayson Valley (Life Church), Birmingham, AL; Assembly of God Tabernacle, Gadsden, AL; Queensway Cathedral, Toronto, Ontario; and his current ministry as Senior Pastor for 18 years, First Assembly of God, Clearwater, FL. He co-authored the book, “Connecting Points”, with his dear ministry/friend, Rev. Randy Helms. Rev. Helms will be officiating both celebration services.
He is survived by his wife and ministry partner, Ruth, his daughter Crystal (Rev. Steve Mason), sons, Steven (Michelle Consuegra) and Taylor Lambert, his three grandchildren, Hannah, Colby and Chase Mason, his parents, Rev. Vaudie and Lillian Lambert, his sister, Julie (Rev. John Sayre), his nephews, Cory and Tyler Sayre and a host of “spiritual sons and daughters” whose lives were influenced by his “fatherly” love, example and guidance.
Rev. Lambert’s creativity for community outreaches, illustrated sermons, and musical productions was always for one purpose, to reach as many people as possible with the message of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Lambert is known by his heart for God, his love to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his love for music, his efforts to support missionaries taking this message around the world, his compassion to not only feed the spiritually hungry but to feed the poor, and to love our neighbors.
More than he enjoyed Alabama football and Ray’s baseball, his life and message was: he loved God first, then Ruth, family and ministry. His faith in God, joy for life and need for laughter in each day was demonstrated through out his 16-month journey combating brain cancer.
On Friday, August 26th when Rev. Lambert’s earthly journey ended peacefully in his home surrounded by family, true life began as his Heavenly Father welcomed him home.