Our Story

The story of Good Samaritan Ministries starts over 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, training thousands of counselors across the globe. 

Good Samaritan Ministries is 501-C(3) non-profit that offers donation-based counseling services and counselor training in 29 countries around the world. Individual, marriage & family, children & adolescent, trauma recovery, spiritual development and group counseling and therapy are provided by GSM. Counselors provide their services based upon a foundation of unconditional love and acceptance. Good Samaritan Ministries is not a church or denomination, but a support to all churches and communities to which they serve. 

Our counseling and trainings are all covered by donations, as such, we do not bill or charge for services. We encourage those who come to counseling and trainings to consider donating to the ministry but we will never turn anyone away based on an inability to donate. 

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  centers all over the world. GSM has opened and supports 39 schools in 11 countries that have educated over 8000 students. GSM has helped some of these students get sponsored to go on to university. 

Our Director

Teresa Stroup is the International Executive Director, she began working with  GSM in 1995 as GSM Centers Director, Counselor and Satellite leader for Tanzania.
Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marylhurst University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
She has Certifications in Batterers Intervention, Anger Management, Clinical Supervision, Parenting and is a graduate of the Good Samaritan Ministries counseling program and the Ford Family Foundation Community Trainer and Leadership program.
She worked for 9 years as a Family Program Manager and Mental Health Counselor with Lutheran Community services in Klamath Falls. She has been married for over 40 years. She and her husband have worked in the Pastoral Ministry for over 25 years and has 3 grown children and 2 granddaughters.

Our Staff

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 Ross – Bookkeeper

Leslie has always been a numbers girl. She majored in mathematics at Evangel University, and holds a teaching certificate for secondary math. She taught math and chemistry, and served as the director of education for Sylvan Learning Center. Her career path then took her in to accounting. Leslie holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Linfield University. She has worked in the accounting department for three non-profit organizations. Leslie enjoys serving at GSM because it combines her gifting and her faith.

Thalia Plummer – Marketing & Development Director

Thalia joined the GSM team in January 2022. Her career highlights include 5 years as an Event Manager at the Oregon Convention Center, 3 years in a digital marketing consultancy, where she positioned small to mid-sized businesses for long-term, sustainable growth utilizing transformational business initiatives, and most recently, as a Field Manager with State Farm Events, where she managed all aspects of producing 90+ events annually throughout Portland and SW Washington.  Thalia is excited to bring her passion for excellence, her outstanding organizational, and interpersonal skills, and her strong faith to help further the outreach and impact of GSM. When she is not working, you can find Thalia reading, journaling and spending time at home or outdoors with her husband Johnny, and their 3 children, Giovanni, Isaiah and Ella. 



Our Board

Our Financial Status
Good Samaritan Ministries is a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.

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Good Samaritan Ministries is a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.
Address: 7929 SW Cirrus Dr # 23, Beaverton, OR 97008