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 Participants take old, broken, outdated, end of life electronics apart to harvest the things that are of value in them.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 founded Ransom Ministries with his wife, Tara, in 2010. He is originally from the small town of Ellis, Kansas, and he spent most of his career working in the restaurant industry which led him to the Gulf Coast in the early 90's. Matt enjoys hunting, fishing and cooking in his spare time.
Director of Social Enterprises
Sandy joined Ransom Ministries in 2021. He is originally from Mobile, Alabama and has spent most of his career working in ministry. Sandy enjoys spending time playing ball and hanging out with his son when he isn't working.
Director of Education
Angela grew up in Fairhope, Alabama and now lives in Chickasaw. She has been in ministry for 3 years. Angela enjoys camping and spending time at the beach with family and friends. She loves music, art, and creating crafts. Angela adores her rescued kittens which have become part of her family.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Norwood Morris, Past President
John Pack, President
Blake Martin, Vice President
Lisa Beaverstock, Secretary
John McCrory, Treasurer