From the Board to You! Letter to The Ministries April 2016
Email questions for the directors to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus Christ – Chairman of the Board
Ed Markiewicz, Vice-Chairperson
Ed first visited in October 2007 to volunteer. He was introduced to the International work of the Ministry during a sabbatical trip to Africa. Ed shares that it was during this trip that the Holy Spirit asked him to initiate a new satellite, the Microcredit Empowerment Fund to offer small business loans for GSM Samaritans, currently active in four African countries. Read James 2:22, “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” Ed: “The greatest happiness in my life comes from loving and providing service to others. Faith in action is how I try to live.”
Ed worked as the Development Director at GSM in 2009-10. Ed shares from his heart, “It was such an inspirational experience to meet so many characters from the Bible in person at our Ministry. After his first career as an officer in the Army, he worked as an executive in the electronics industry, then serving at GSM. He now also owns and manages a café and juice bar, near Portland State University.
Ruth has been involved with GSM for the past 16 years. She came to the ministry for counseling at crisis filled time in her life. She participated in the Thursday morning abuse recovery group for two years. She completed lay counselor training in 2003. Ruth is leader of the ASTA Satellite in support of GSM’s Recovery Center in Palestine. She has traveled to the Middle East twice. She has a huge heart for families dealing with recovery issues. Ruth has worked to actively include her family in support of GSM.
Ruth taught Sunday school for many years. She came to understand: “Sometimes religion can be more of a tradition than actually knowing God”. If I she could teach only one thing it would be “Jesus loves you.” Ruth recently shared her life-time heart for the ministry as God spoke through her when she taught the Beatitudes at the Bible Class in January 2011. In the past, Ruth would volunteer whenever possible but since moving to Keizer, OR in 2009, Ruth has volunteered less but continues to participate in monthly Saturday night prayer.
Professionally, Ruth has a degree in Computer Science and has worked in Information Technology for 20 years. She is currently working at the Oregon Youth Authority.
In Memory of Donna, we will always love her spirit and cherish the memory of her Samaritan heart / unconditional love.
Donna Granger met Bettie in the early 1980s through Bob Nash, Co-Satellite leader of Liberia. She also met Mike Chaney (Prineville Center Director/Liberia Co Leader) at that time. Bettie “tagged” Donna to engage and be involved with various Center directors and GSM Leaders.
Donna is a gifted intercessor and prayer warrior for GSM Centers and other Ministries and Ministry leaders and enjoys leading worship and painting.
In 2007 Donna began assisting with difficult GSM clients. Bettie engaged Donna at that time to help with several clients in need of deeper deliverance ministry. This level of GSM engagement has continued up until this today. Most recently Donna has been partnering with Brenda Hail in Richland, Wash., and serving in the Beaverton office with Brenda in prayer ministry as well as teaching.
Donna has served as a youth pastor and maintains a Pastor’s License through Liberty Fellowship in Salem. As GSM pushes forward , Donna’s will offer her skills, Samaritan heart, and spirit-led gifting to assist the International GSM Board in the coming years.
James Autry first encountered the global ministry of GSM back in the early 2000s in the home of Doug & Katy Crane. James has worked with many Christians through his role as Executive Director of the Christian Chamber Northwest. GSM has been a member of the Christian Chamber Northwest since January 2010. James has met with Marty Miller over the past several years, praying together, dreaming together and sharing different insights from God as to what He is doing in the earth today and how we can be a part of it. James is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for GSM and how it can further its Kingdom mandate and Heavenly assignment throughout the world.
Originally from Georgia, he has worked with many ministries. Back in 1993 God moved James to Colorado Springs, CO, to work with Foundation For Israel, wherein He opened many doors for ministry to the local community & ministry leaders. He also discovered his love for the Jewish people, the land of Israel and a deepening of his understanding of Yeshua, as Messiah.
In 1996, James & Susan married and moved to Portland, Oregon, to begin his work for Crawford Broadcasting Company’s Portland Radio stations KKSL 1290 AM / KKPZ 1330 AM (K-Praise). They have three sons. Cullis “James” Autry is working as the Creative Director of Kingdom Technologies Group, a Referral and Management Company, wherein “Our Business is Multiplying Yours.” KTG was created to help churches, ministries & businesses utilize today’s modern technologies for their maximum Kingdom impact in local communities throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area, the Northwest & nation.
Bill is passionate about the community by showing up as a servant of Christ. He is particularly interested in mental health solutions for the downtrodden. He has been married for 25 years to his wife, Heather, who serves as a counselor for GSM. She also has her own counseling practice. They have been blessed with three children, who are now teenagers. All three attend Westside Christian High School.
Bill grew up as an Air Force Brat until his father retired from active duty in 1975, settling in Yakima, Washington, where Bill attended high school and met his wife Heather. He left Yakima to attend the University of Washington where he studied Speech Communication. He then attended University of San Diego Law School graduating with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1990. His interests evolved from practicing law to human development and alternative dispute resolution. He acted as a mediator for the Chicago Court System, and pursued various roles in management consulting and human development for various clients in the Chicago area, including Andersen Consulting and Baxter Healthcare. His love of human development and learning led to a position as Human Resources Manager for Intel in Oregon. He left Intel to pursue independent management consulting opportunities in 2013. He has served with the GSM Shoe Drive and Backyard Mission volunteer nights involving teens and parents, as well as with Westside Christian School.
Brenda (bKay) Hail
Brenda works with the ministry in Tri-Cities. She was trained as a counselor since 1998, served as a center director since 2002 and Rwanda Satellite Leader from 2002-2011. Brenda first became connected to GSM in 1996 after praying for two years for help for herself and her family. The Ministry became a priceless help and support to them for many years.
She graduated from Western Oregon State College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Economics, and Social Psychology. Brenda has worked in various middle management positions. From 1993-1998 she operated her own business offering support services to local small businesses. She retired her business in 1998 at the age of 45, after accepting God’s call to give to others what she had been given. Brenda and husband John Hail have been married for over 40 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. She joins John in his ministry in a missional church in their home on Sunday afternoons.
Karen Otis, Secretary
Karen fills her days with volunteer work. For more than 10 years, she has been involved at the ministry. Her goal is to give back to GSM by serving on the board. She enjoys working one-on-one with people who need help. Karen said, “Years ago, I was counseled through a difficult time in my life.”
Karen helped on several projects, and participated in lay counseling training classes. Other non-profits where she has volunteered are Medical Teams International, Dress for Success, and at her church pantry and clothing closet. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, playing golf and reading in her spare time.
About 33 years ago, Nick and his wife, Arlys, came to Good Samaritan Ministries for marriage counseling. GSM has been the center of their lives since sometime in 1986. They have traveled to the Holy Land with Bettie. In the early 90’s, Nick served a term on the International Board of Directors. In 2002, he went to U.K., Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Goma Democratic Republic of Congo to connect with Samaritans who couldn’t make it to our second International Conference.
Traveling and spending time with other Samaritans has been a great joy in his life, including fellowship at Family Camp near Silver Falls State Park.
Since retiring from the U.S. Army the last day of 2006, he has had more time to do many things with GSM including volunteering at the front desk, Men’s Group, Generational Training, along with bread deliveries to GSM, as well as teaching Bible classes. His first teaching job was in Anchorage after graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts Education.
He tells his story by way of introduction: “I was a poor student which confounds even me, that I became a teacher. I usually resisted authority, especially if they were just authoritarian, and cooperated just enough to retire from the U.S. Army with about 28 years of creditable service.”
Today, he and his wife have been serving for 35 years at their church in West Linn. And, both continue serving the Lord at Good Samaritan Ministries in Beaverton.
My first glimpse of Good Samaritan Ministries was in 1989 when my family and I attended family camp week at Silver Creek Falls. My brother-in-law, Mike Chaney, invited our family to join his family there for the week. He said he was hoping for the opportunity to talk with a lady named Bettie Mitchell. His did not have to wait long. Jerry and Bettie Mitchell were staying in our cabin. Mike was not the only one who wanted to talk with Bettie Mitchell. During the week a steady stream of people, from all over the world, came to meet with Bettie Mitchell. I was intrigued.
In 2003 my son was very much in need of counseling. Mike suggested I call Bettie Mitchell. I called Bettie and she recommended that I contact Gail Harris in Lowell. Gail was able to help my son. A few years later I found myself in need of help. I was encouraged to attend a Good Samaritan Ministries meeting in Lowell, Oregon. I was able to find help there and I found a place where I could help others. That first meeting was in 2006 and I have continued to be a part of Good Samaritan Ministries in Lowell.
The Lord has used my forty year career in retail management to take me to nearly every corner of this country, and to other countries, where I was able to mature in the Lord and serve him. For the past eighteen years, I have worked as an executive retail consultant closing stores for an international liquidation company. I have been privileged to experience the richness of Christian fellowship in many diverse churches and Christian organizations.
I believe the Lord has gifted me with the ability to teach the word of God. I particularly enjoy teaching financial stewardship, church government, end time’s prophecies and prophetic gifting. Whether in business or in the church, I have primarily functioned in the financial and administrative areas. I am currently semi-retired and plan to serve the Lord in whatever ways he desires while serving on the International Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Ministries.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
Randy first came to Good Samaritan in 1999 to attend Bettie’s Bible Study with his wife, Sunny. In his years as a Samaritan, Randy has found joy through helping others in many ways, praying, and housing dozens of out-of-state and international visitors. Randy supported his wife, Sunny, through her counselor training and years of service as a counselor, teacher and group leader at GSM. He has cheerfully demonstrated the parable of ‘paying the second price’.
He is proud to be a member of the Kenya satellite (Friends of Kenya) and gladly spreads the news of the work of GSM where ever he goes. He also serves on his church’s safety team and volunteers monthly in foster care respite service.
He is grateful for the many impactful experiences during his years of work in prison ministry as it has helped him to adapt and grow through challenges and triumphs of life. He’s also thankful for his marriage of 44 years, three children and seven beloved grandchildren.
Vonda Winkle has been a Samaritan since 1980. Her early days of training included living with Bettie and Jerry Mitchell for 6 months prior to a 3 week trip to Poland, Egypt and Israel. Later Vonda lived with Joan and Ted Baker for 4 years. Joan was GSM’s Assistant International Director and Ted was the Pastoral Director. Vonda volunteered at GSM in many capacities and in 1991 went on staff until May 2011.
During her time as a staff member and counselor at GSM, she met with clients, taught counselor training, facilitated Abuse Therapy Recovery Group and brought Dialect Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to the office. She worked closely with the International National Directors, helping to plan and oversee the care of the National Directors for two International Conferences held in the USA. Vonda traveled with Bettie Mitchell and James Opiyo, GSM’s Africa Continental Director, for 2 months in 6 African countries. She later made 5 additional trips to Africa; she was in Uranga, Kenya on 911.
Vonda was the Kenya Satellite, “Friends of Kenya” Team Leader for many years and now mentors the three Co-Directors. In May 2011, accepted a position at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon as a clinical Therapist Specialist providing recreation and teaching DBT to 9-17 year-olds. Additionally, she works with parents teaching Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Vonda is a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Criminal Justice Specialist and Domestic Violence Counselor.