The baton will be passed by year’s end at this globally local ministry.
“On behalf of the entire GSM International Board of Directors, Good Samaritan Ministries would like to introduce Mrs. Teresa Stroup as GSM’s incoming Executive Director. In doing so, we thank Mr. Miller for his spirit-led commitment over the years and bless him and his family,” said Ed Markiewicz, Board Chairman.
Good Samaritan Ministries, headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., provides counseling, training, personal, and family development services, all supported by donations, in more than 24 countries and seven offices in the PNW. As a non-profit organization started in 1979 by founder Bettie P. Mitchell, Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) currently educates more than 7,000 impoverished children worldwide; offers assistance for widows and orphans; provides micro lending, trauma counseling; and training .
Marty Miller joined GSM in 2006, and after leading Good Samaritan Ministries as Director for the past 6 years, announced in September his need to begin transition based upon present family-care needs. GSM’s Board of Directors began working with Mr. Miller and Mrs. Mitchell to prayerfully find a qualified group of replacement candidates.
A key decision consideration for selecting Teresa was obtained from Ministry Leader feedback. The qualities which were most common in their replies regarding strong leadership were: “Anointed by, and in concert with the Holy Spirit, understands the Ministries, a long and intimate relationship with GSM’s calling to “teach nothing but the Kingdom of God,” and loving care for healing the broken.”
The Board Nominating Committee met with seven candidates, all of whom had the faith and talents to pastorally guide the Ministry, and felt fortunate to have so many gifted people prepared to step forward and lead. The Board Leadership Committee chose Teresa from the final list of candidates and presented her capabilities and sense of calling to the Board for election on November 12th. She was unanimously selected.
Officially, she will begin December 14th, 2015, with Good Samaritan Ministries International Headquarters Office in Beaverton. For the past several years, she has been working with families as a program manager and mental health counselor at Lutheran Community Services. She has resided in the Klamath Falls area for the past 15 years with her husband, Patrick. They have been married for 35 years and have a family of three adult children and two grandchildren. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Marylhurst University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Mrs. Stroup is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.).
Teresa first met GSM Founder Bettie Mitchell in 1982 when Bettie came to a meeting in Southern Oregon. Serving as a Samaritan for more than 25 years, Teresa opened and has served as a director of a Good Samaritan Ministries Center in La Grande, and Keno, Oregon. She also has led and developed curriculum for Samaritan Training in Klamath Falls. As a Satellite Support Leader for Tanzania and Liberia, Teresa also brings experience in international ministry. All are invited to meet her December 12 at our Annual Christmas Party & Dinner at 6 pm in the Shiloh Room at GSM’s headquarters office, 7929 SW Cirrus Dr. #23, in Beaverton.
From Ed Markiewicz / Board Chairman, Marty Miller / Executive Director (outgoing)