Beau and Ashley Armistead have been married since 1996 and have three children. Once a traveler himself, Beau spent his early years following the Grateful Dead, Phish, and other bands. He thought the nomadic life was a thing of the past when he married Ashley and settled into life in Birmingham, Alabama. Yet soon after they adopted their first child, God invited Beau and Ashley into an adventure that set them on the course to Nomad’s Land.
In 2002, Beau left his job with a banking software company, feeling an undeniable sense that God called him and his family to travel in a converted school bus. They ventured along the east coast, going to music festivals and concerts that attracted hippie kids and other sojourners, loving them in tangible ways that shared the good news of Jesus. The Armisteads traveled in “the Grilled Cheese Wagon” — their home away from home — for several years and then opened Nomad Supply in Birmingham, a shop offering hospitality to fellow travelers. Life since 2003 has been a meandering adventure, as the Armisteads have followed the lead of Holy Spirit down many different paths. Whether traveling the country, offering hospitality in Birmingham, or constructing Nomad’s Land, their journey has remained focused on ministering to their fellow wanderers.
Since early in their years of traveling, the Armisteads had a deep desire to prepare a place for travelers to rest, grow in their faith, and experience life with a community of believers. When they met the Hansons and the Nords in 2004, they all discovered a shared dream to establish a landing place for weary travelers. Before God brought about that place, Beau returned to school to earn his Master’s in Counseling and has started a small practice in Birmingham. He hopes to use his training to offer counseling within the context of life at Nomad’s Land. Ashley is an artist and is excited about the potential for creative endeavors on the land. She homeschools their three children and enjoys making a place for people to feel at home — a place for the traveler to belong and feel loved. Both Beau and Ashely are passionate about seeing people come alive in the Holy Spirit through community and godly relationships.