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ABOUT US

Learn about our history, mission and leadership

OUR HISTORY

Ransom Ministries, Inc. was founded by Matt and Tara Armbruster in October of 2010 to meet the immediate need of a fresh warm meal through Ransom Café. Through the years, through the cafes and other projects, the leadership of Ransom Ministries began to see that the services that were being offered to provide for individuals’ basic needs were allowing people to remain in their dependent state rather than helping them get to a place where they could provide life essentials for themselves and their families.  

Knowing that the initial mission of providing food opportunities for the poor had been fulfilled allowed Ransom Ministries to refocus its efforts and establish Ransom ReProgram, a job readiness and life skills training course that was designed to help participants move out of dependency and into fulfilling careers. ReProgram was first offered in the fall of 2015 with the vision of breaking the cycles of crime, poverty, and addiction in which many of those in the program found themselves trapped. It soon became evident that if participants were going to experience true life success, they needed to earn an income while learning job and life skills in the classroom.

 

To that end, Ransom Ministries began offering on-the-job training in January of 2019 through Ransom Recycling, an electronics recycling business. As a natural extension of the services currently provided, Ransom Ministries established Ransom Staffing in 2021. Acting as a temporary employment agency, Ransom Staffing Services enables participants to continue on the path started through Ransom ReProgram, and to gain the knowledge and skills needed to re-enter the workforce.

OUR MISSION

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

OUR LEADERSHIP

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Matt Armbruster

Executive Director

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Ralph Littlejohn

 Director of Operations

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Jim Backes

Volunteer Deputy Director

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Michael Sims

Director of ReProgram

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Virgil Joiner

Support Services/Case Manager

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Donna Happach

Administrator/Case Manager

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Patrick Johnson

Recycling Captain

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Sandra Dycus

Administrative Assistant

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Amanda Hulsey

Recycling Supervsor 

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Lawrence Franklin

Road to Work Captain

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Curtis Carter

Road to Work Co-Captain

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Jamey Sandifer
Robbie Turnipseed
Roy Hill
Norwood Morris

Fanci Lassiter
Victor Robinson
Carrie French

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