The story of Good Samaritan Ministries starts forty years ago in 1976. Then school teacher, Bettie Mitchell traveled on a biblical archeology tour to the ancient sites near present day Iraq. While she was on the ancient wall of Nineveh, she heard the voice of the Lord call her to quit her job and spend the rest of her life teaching nothing but the Kingdom of God.
This call of God lead to a counseling ministry that started in Bettie’s home in Beaverton, OR where people from all walks of life and every need could come and find love, acceptance and an encounter with the Kingdom of God. Through the years, GSM developed into a ministry of healing with hundreds of trained counselors across the globe.
We offer all of our services without charge, meaning we rely completely on generous donations from willing partners.
Teresa Stroup, LCSW was named the GSM Executive Director in December of 2015, but she has been with the ministry as a counselor and center director for more than twenty years. Teresa is licensed through the Board of Social Workers and brings skills in the professional realm as well as a strong faith-background as a pastor’s wife and Christian counselor.
We are both a big and a small ministry! What this means is our headquarters is staffed by a small group of eight faithful people and yet we have over 200 such centers all over the world. From our Beaverton Office, we coordinate with all Samaritans around the world and help spread the message of love and acceptance through classes, relief projects and training. This low-overhead is vital to our success as we are able to send all donated funds directly to services.
Cindy Womack – International Project Development Director
Since January 2017, Cindy has been the International Project Development Director at GSM. She is in charge of developing the counselor training programs for the International HQ in Beaverton and assisting US and International Centers in developing training. She is also the International Travel Director for the ministry. Cindy has been part of GSM since 1991 when she lived in Pendleton, Oregon and began training through the Walla Walla GSM Center. In 1993 she opened a GSM counseling center in Pendleton where she developed a Counselor Training certification program and Being Married and Liking It (a three-day marriage retreat program). She has 17 years of experience as a suicide intervention skills trainer.
She completed the basic and advanced schools for Christian Counseling with Elijah House Ministries, is a graduate of Life Pacific College in Ministry and Leadership, as well as completing the 3-year GSM Counselor Training Program in Walla Walla. Her graduate studies are in Forensic Psychology and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy. Cindy worked 7 years for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, as a student advisor, tutor trainer and coordinator, Learning Center Coordinator, Disability Services Director, and Health and Wellness Coordinator.
Leslie Cairns – Bookkeeper
Leslie has over 20 years of experience in both non-profit and corporate accounting. A longtime local of the Pacific Northwest, Leslie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business from University of Portland majoring in accounting. She enjoys providing excellent but affordable accounting and bookkeeping support to local charities and helping people find unique ways to reach their gift giving goals. Being part of the team at GSM, helping promote God’s work all over the world, gives her great satisfaction. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys spending time with her two daughters and dog and is actively involved in a Christian scouting group for kids and teens.
Brittany Hessemer – Development Coordinator
Brittany is a Navy Veteran who just graduated from Portland State with her degree in Psychology. She is extremely passionate about prison reform and racial inequality within the criminal justice system and is currently applying to Law Schools. Her and her husband have two deaf Australian Shepherds that have them wrapped around their furry paws. She loves going to the beach, having a big bonfire & loves to cook. She is excited to build genuine relationships with Good Samaritans while sharing the Love of God.
Hawwii Tufaa – Front Desk Manager
Romy Ahounou – Finance & Bookkeeping Associate
Romy grew up in Kigali, Rwanda and moved to Oregon in 2014 for high school. He recently graduated from Portland State University with his Bachelors Degree in Finance. Romy is excited to develop his skills here at Good Samaritan Ministries as well as make an impact for the Kingdom of God. For fun, Romy enjoys cooking, dancing and being with friends.
Kylie Duppenthaler – Communications Coordinator
Before joining Good Samaritan Ministries, Kylie graduated from George Fox University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cross Cultural and Educational Ministry. She grew up in a pastoral family and has always imagined herself being in ministry in some capacity. As the new Communications Coordinator, Kylie is excited to use her skills to care for GSM’s wonderful community. Outside of work, she loves to cook (& eat), travel & read lots of books!
Our Financial Status
Good Samaritan Ministries is a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.