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.