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Learn about our history, mission and leadership



Ransom Ministries was founded in 2010 by Matt and Tara Armbruster after they attended a Bible study urging Christians to stop playing church and start living a life of true faith and dependence on God.

The Armbrusters asked God to show them how they could use the gifts He had given them to bring glory to Him. God gave Matt the idea of a café where anyone could get a hot meal and pay whatever they could afford and Tara the word “ransom” with the scripture Matthew 20:28. When they began to dissect this verse, they discovered the Greek word that is translated “to serve” actually means “one that waits on tables,” and “ransom” meant “to liberate many from misery.” They opened the first Ransom Café in October of 2010 at the Hangar of West Mobile Baptist Church.

Since then, Ransom Ministries has planted several more Ransom Café locations, some of which have changed their names and all of them have taken on their own responsibilities of operating their café. This has allowed Ransom to focus more on Ransom ReProgram, a job readiness and life skills training course that helps participants move out of dependency and into fulfilling careers that Ransom first offered in the fall of 2015. In addition, they also provide on-the-job training through Ransom Recycle, an electronics recycling business. Participants take old, broken, outdated, end of life electronics apart to harvest the things that are of value in them. In addition to the opportunity Ransom Recycle creates for ReProgram students and graduates, it also generates self-sustaining income for Ransom Ministries to be able to accomplish our mission to empower people to overcome spiritual, relational and material poverty through knowing Jesus and utilizing their God-given gifts and talents in their work.


The mission of Ransom Ministries is to empower those we serve to utilize their God-given gifts and talents in their career and community.



Matt Armbruster

Executive Director


Sandra Dycus



Jim Backes

Coach Coordinator & Chaplin


Ralph Littlejohn

 Director of Operations

Jason Brenegan

Recycling Supervisor


Virgil Joiner

Case Manager


Donna Happach

Case Manager

Michael Sims

ReProgram Supervisor

Willie Thomas

Road to Work Supervisor

Paul Carroll

Road to Work Supervisor


Amanda Hulsey

Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

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Jessica Lawhon

Transportation Supervisor


John Pack, President
Charles Dent, Vice President
Lisa Beaverstock, Secretary
John McCrory, Treasurer

Norwood Morris, Internal Committee Chair
Kathy Hamilton, External Committee Chair
Robbie Turnipseed
Roy Hill

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