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.

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 – Office Manager

Hawwii is our newest team member here at GSM! She graduated from University of Minnesota in 2018, with a degree in Political Science. Hawwii moved from Minnesota to Oregon just last summer, but she has been coming to Portland all her life. She loves the weather and being close to the ocean. In her free time, you can find her traveling, with family, or in a coffee shop. As the new front desk coordinator, Hawwii is excited to meet new people and share God’s love to all!

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 – Marketing & 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 Marketing & 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 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