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Ed Markiewicz, 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 Votaw, Vice Chair
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.
Molly Luoto, Secretary
Molly was introduced to GSM in 2011 when she and her husband attended a marriage class taught by Bettie and Jerry Mitchell, as well as the Listening for Success seminar. Since then, she has been actively participating in a variety of classes at GSM with an emphasis on lay counselor training. At the Good Friday Luncheon in 2012, she felt the Lord’s confirmation of her desire to be a lay counselor. “Good Samaritan Ministries has empowered me through teaching, discovery of my gifts and talents,and in defining my heart’s desire to love and serve people.”
A verse that God impressed on Molly is Philippians 2:13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” She has been married to her husband, Deric, for 29 years. They are active members of a large local church. They participate in worship arts and serve in marriage ministry, providing premarital counseling and marriage support counseling. Molly also works part-time as a paralegal for an attorney (25+ years). She has previous experience serving on a local church board and on a private school board.
“My heart is connected to God and that connection is being strengthened through my association with GSM. By effectively modeling their values, I see this ministry producing Christ-like ambassadors of reconciliation which this world desperately needs.”—Gary
Gary Gillam first became acquainted with GSM in November 2011 when he attended an effective listening seminar, led by author and counselor, Dr. Jim Peterson. The central theme that I took away from the seminar “…listening is an act of love” changed my heart and is transforming my life. I just completed the seminar for the third time and have hosted several of my friends and family members.
“Since that introduction to GSM, I have attended many other classes, the Good Friday Prayer Luncheon, global ministry events, and participated in the Golf Scramble. I am supporting the ministry financially. As a result, I have personally experienced the transforming love and support of the God centered GSM Staff and Volunteers.”
He retired from a long and satisfying career in the corporate world. He has served over the years in leadership roles for other non-profit boards, as well as at his home church.
D. Matthew Wilcox
David (Matt) Wilcox - With humility and courage, Matt brings experience in accounting for non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Tatiana, and came to Portland and GSM about six years ago. From the beginning, they both were impacted, challenged, and changed through this ministry. They rejoice over finding a place where the Kingdom of God is taught. “This is a holy place. Our family has had the privilege to get to know many of you over these past six years,” he said.
He is a fellow Samaritan, husband, and father. He is a treasury accountant and writer by trade. Both he and his wife have volunteered at GSM. He has been blessed to be able to participate in the Generational Teacher Training conducted by Bettie Mitchell as well as to teach some classes. Tatiana leads a support group called Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) at their church. They have attended numerous GSM trainings and events as well as Family Camp and Good Friday Luncheons.
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.
Darryl has been married to his wife Vida for over 22 years and they have three wonderful children. He has enjoyed volunteering in various capacities over the years including sitting on several boards, serving as an elder, and teaching Sunday school classes of all ages.He earned an electrical engineering degree from Oregon State, later got licensed as a professional engineer, and also received an MBA from George Fox.
After spending 21 years in various leadership positions at a fortune 500 corporation including sales and operations responsibility in multiple countries, Darryl chose to retire early to spend more time with his family and community. He now works with his wife from home as an independent consultant helping people reach their health, fitness, and financial goals.
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 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.