Samaritan Ministries International

Samaritan Ministries International provides its members with the refreshing opportunity to apply the principles of New Testament living to 21st-century health care. Today, more than 68,000 member households (224,000 individuals) worldwide send a monthly financial share directly to other member households who have medical needs. Samaritan members also pray for one another and include notes and cards of encouragement and comfort. In this simple way, they are currently sharing more than $23 million each month, yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size, and is even less for couples and singles.

Samaritan Ministries has practiced health care sharing through a Biblical lens for 22 years, with a focus on Christians helping other Christians with their needs as the Bible instructs in Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (ESV).

Those who are a part of health care sharing ministries like Samaritan are exempt from the Affordable Care Act health insurance mandate, and they do not share in needs for unbiblical practices, such as abortion. Download and print PDF… 

Samaritan Ministries International Spokespersons

smi_jameslansberry_cropJames Lansberry 

James Lansberry is executive vice president of Samaritan Ministries International. Lansberry, who has been on staff with Samaritan since 1999, is an expert on health care economics, general bioethics issues, and health care public policy. He earned an Executive MBA from Bradley University in 2014. He has been interviewed by several national media outlets, including Fox News, Time magazine, the Washington Post, and US News and World Report. James and his wife, Theresa, have been married 22 years and are the parents of nine children.
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smi_anthonyhopp_cropAnthony Hopp

Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries International, has been with the ministry since 1996. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Anthony has performed a variety of tasks for Samaritan over the years and has had “a front row seat to God’s protection of and provision for Samaritan Ministries as it has grown from a few hundred households to over 76,000.” Anthony has been married to his wife, Jen, for 23 years. They have two boys.
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smi_joelnoble_cropJoel Noble

Joel Noble is director of Public Policy at Samaritan Ministries International, where he has served since 2001. He directs the ministry’s legislative program, advocating with federal and state governmental bodies. He also consults for the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries. Joel earned his bachelor’s degree in history education from Illinois State University, with an emphasis on political science, geography and sociology. He completed a Master of Arts in leadership studies from the Seminary at Lincoln Christian University, where his final research paper focused on what the Bible teaches on the proper jurisdiction of the family, church and civil government. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 18 years. They have four boys.  Download headshot…

smi_johncreath_cropJohn Creath

John Creath is manager of Business Intelligence at Samaritan Ministries International and a former Public Policy Specialist. Serving at Samaritan since 2007, he has been married to his wife, Whitney, for 10 years. They have five children. He is also treasurer of the Morning Center, a maternity ministry overseen by Samaritan.
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