Ben Armacost is the founder of the AIM Trainers network. He and his wife Judy are passionate about fulfilling the Great Commission through multiplying disciples, faithful workers, and churches.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Maryland, Ben was raised in a Christian home. As a young teenager, he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. One year later he sensed God's call to the ministry.
Judy was born in Belgian Congo (later called Zaire, then DR Congo) to missionaries. Her grandfather. Earl I. Camp, went to Africa in August 1917, starting a legacy whose centennial we celebrate this year.
In 1980, Ben and Judy both attended Messiah College where they met for the first time. Ben majored in Christian Education. In 1982 they were married, and after graduation, they served as volunteers in Zaire for one year to assist missionaries in various roles. Ben's most significant contribution was the construction of an MAF airstrip to provide transportation to a remote mission station. Judy's fluency in the Swahili language and African culture facilitated their integration into the work.
After serving as youth leaders at Grace U.M. Church in Maryland, Ben & Judy moved to Louisiana to study. He received his M.Div. degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990. They moved to Brattleboro, Vermont and planted a church and served as pastor. It was during this time that Ben and Judy developed a burden to reach people who have never heard the gospel before. In 1995, they were appointed to Australia with the IMB and served in Tasmania from January 1996. Working under the Baptist Union of Tasmania, they planted churches and provided leadership in the denomination.
Ben began studying the phenomenon of church planting movements in 1998 and began employing these principles in the work in Tasmania. Ben & Judy were trained as Strategy Coordinators in Singapore in 2006. Inspired by the extraordinary success of T4T, and wondering if such a method would work in Australia's secular milieu, Ben began to develop low-cost, high-accountability methods of making disciples, developing leaders, and starting churches. They began to implement these methods immediately.
In May 2010, Ben received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, the Armacosts concluded their 18-year tenure in Tasmania and moved to London where they are now serving. By that time, their influence had produced over 100 new groups in 12 countries.
Ben enjoys a host of hobbies including photography, astronomy, Linux computing, electronics, and beekeeping. In 2014, he published his first book, Bridge to the Beautiful City, as a narrative variation of the "bridge" gospel illustration. He has also published Challenged to Pray which he co-wrote with his wife. Judy loves crafts such as knitting, quilting, and sewing, as well as teaching parenting skills. She also enjoys raising and multiplying succulents and is growing in her knowledge of many other kinds of plants.
The Armacosts are the proud parents of three grown children and six grandchildren. Tim (33) is married to Christina and lives in Tennessee with their children James, Emily, Daniel, and Hannah. Josh (32) received his M.Div. at Southeastern Seminary and is currently teaching English in East Asia. Joy (27) is married to Jonathan and they have two children, Jonah and Lily, and they are working as student ministers in California.