Good Samaritan Ministries
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 worldwide healing, offering 1-1 counseling, therapy groups and classes, and Certified Counselor Training to thousands of individuals & couples locally, throughout 26 countries and 200 centers around the world. GSM has opened and supports 39 schools, in 11 countries, educating over 3000 students annually. Though GSM sponsorship, many of these students have gone on to universities.
Counselors, and teachers provide their services based upon a foundation of unconditional love and acceptance. We encourage those who come to counseling, groups, and trainings to consider donating to the ministry but we will never turn anyone away based on an inability to donate.
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
The Staff at Good Samaritan Ministries is dedicated to moving our organization into the future to reach more people.
Accounting Assistant/International Funds Coordinator
Rhonda joined the staff in the fall of 2022. She assists in all operations of the business office at GSM. In addition, she coordinates all of our international satellite funding and bank transfers with our US Satellite Leaders and our International Country Leaders. Her previous experience in the banking industry has been a valuable asset to the GSM ministry as a whole.
International Projects 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.
Leslie joined the staff in the spring of 2021. She manages the financial operations of the ministry and the business office. Her varied experience has been a benefit to the diverse financial operations of GSM.
International Board of Directors
2023 - Current
I was born in Los Angeles, and raised primarily by my maternal grandparents, who were devout believers that modeled a Christ-centered life. At 13 years of age, I was water baptized to affirm my commitment to a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.
I was born and raised in the Portland metro area and am currently 51 years old. I graduated from Beaverton High School and attended 3 years at Portland Bible College. I also attended PCC, taking classes in Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy. I hold no post high school degrees. I am currently divorced and have two grown daughters who live in the Tigard area; Madisen age 21, and Chloe 19. Though broken, our family remains very close and we cover each other with grace and love, for we are all neighbors in the Kingdom of God....
Harriet and I became involved in GSM in 2002 when our church helped host the GSM International Conference. We were asked to provide housing for three of the African country directors. Soon after, we joined the GSM Senegal satellite and served as satellite leaders for several years. We continue to participate in the satellite and to support Senegal and GSM. I have had the opportunity to visit Africa on two occasions; those trips opened my eyes and have had a major impact on my life.
As one of the few seemingly Native Oregonians, I grew up in the Portland area attending Wilsonville grade schools and West Linn High School. I accepted the Lord into my heart in 4th grade (10 years old) at Beaverton Foursquare Church. I still feel incredibly fortunate to have sat through sermons by the late Ron Mehl, as I could feel God’s love coming from his humble servant heart every time he talked...
My wife Lynn and I live in Happy Valley, along with her daughter and our two grandsons. I have a son and a daughter who live in central Florida. While I was raised in Portland and then lived in 11 states, Lynn is a lifelong Oregonian....
I was born in Uganda, both of my parents are from Rwanda but they grew up in Uganda due to the conflict that was happening in Rwanda. My family decided to return to Rwanda right after the genocide of 1994. So i grew up in Rwanda where I started my education, I finished my high school and degree there. In college I did administration and social work. I first visited USA in 2008 when I was in high school. My music group and I traveled for six months to raise sponsorship for a local non profit in Rwanda. I moved to USA right after college and I am currently living in Beaverton. I work with enterprise car rental and I am doing my second degree in economics. I enjoy music and watching basketball....
My name is Crystal (Buell) Duncan. I was born in Santa Barbara, CA. In 1979, when I was 9 years old, my family moved to Oregon. It was in 1980 that my Mom met Vonda Winkle, and Bettie Mitchell, and we were introduced to Good Samaritan Ministries. It was God’s will that I be raised in this ministry!...