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.
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.
Jenna Vreugdenhil – Donor Relations
Jenna worked as our front desk manager this summer, and is now transitioning to a new role at GSM as donor relations. She will be with us through January until she finishes out her J-1 Visa. You might not hear it from her accent, but she grew up in the Netherlands. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and is a big Constitutional Law geek. Being a life-long Young Life volunteer and staffer, she especially has interest in discipling and mentoring young teens through trauma, and thus loves the work Good Samaritan Ministries does. Having an interdisciplinary background in many different offices, from the US Capitol to several different businesses and non-profits, she is thrilled to now support the Good Samaritan Ministries team by taking the lead on fundraising. In her free time she likes to travel as often as possible and she enjoys the outdoors with camping and hiking.
Hawwii Tufaa – Front Desk Manager
Laura Sharp – Office Assistant
Laura started at Good Samaritan Ministries in July as the office assistant. She loves hospitality and creating an environment where people feel honored, heard, and comfortable to be themselves. Back in 2015, Laura felt the Lord lead her to Matthew 6 where he began to imprint on her the importance of “seeking first the kingdom of God.” Since then, the Lord has given her a strong desire to see the Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. She is excited to join the team at Good Samaritan Ministries, and to see lives transformed by the Spirit of God. Laura studied psychology at Corban University, but also enjoys history, theology, and philosophy and dreams of one day becoming a counselor. Laura and her husband Chris live in Newberg, Oregon where they are turning an old 1910 house into a home. In their free time they enjoy mountain biking, camping, dinner conversations, and leading youth group together.
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.