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.
To hear the story of the Call of the Wall of Nineveh, listen to Bettie tell it in her own words:
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.
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.
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.
Our Financial Status
Good Samaritan Ministries is a 501c(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.