AMCF traces its origins to 1851 when a British cavalry officer who was serving in India began Bible study and prayer meetings. The British Armed Forces Christian Union and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association began because of those meetings in India.
In the late 1800s, military Christians in other European nations began forming their own military Christian fellowship (MCF) groups, as they saw the benefit of fellowship with their believing coworkers.
In 1930, military Christians from Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden formed AMCF with the goal of encouraging military Christians around the world. The concept of indigenously-organized (1) military Christian fellowships (MCFs) spread from nation to nation as military believers became excited about the positive impact military Christians can have. Today, there are over 150 MCFs world-wide.
The current AMCF president, General Srilal Weerasooriya of Sri Lanka, is assisted in his work by regional vice presidents and the three supporting organizations. The president and vice presidents usually work out of their homes, as there is no central AMCF office.
Previous presidents were Baron Von Tuyll of Holland, who served until 1965; General Sir Robert Ewbank of the U.K., who served from 1965 to 1976; General Clay Buckingham of the U.S.A., who served from 1976 to 1991; General Sir Laurence New of the U.K., who served from 1991-2002; and General Lee, Pil Sup from South Korea, who served from 2002 to 2012.
(1) The word “indigenous” in this context means the people who are native to a region; it is not meant to contain any political meaning.