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 a quarter of a million individual members 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 $30 million each month.
Samaritan Ministries has practiced health care sharing through a Biblical lens for 25 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).
Samaritan Ministries Spokespersons
Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries International, has been with the ministry since 1997. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Anthony has been in a variety of roles 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 85,000. Anthony has been married to his wife, Jen, for 26 years. They have two sons.
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. 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 20 years. They have four boys.
Ted Pittenger is the founder and president of Samaritan Ministries International, one of the leading health care sharing organizations in the United States. Founded in 1994, Samaritan Ministries just completed 26 years of helping families with medical expenses through a direct sharing model that doesn’t utilize insurance or government aid. Prior to founding Samaritan, Ted was a contractor for 16 years in the remodeling trades. He and his wife, Shari, home educated their six children, and the oldest four are married. Ted & Shari have lived in central Illinois for 39 years, and in Shari’s ancestors’ farmhouse for 32 years. Shari contributed to the founding of Samaritan Ministries and continues to participate through her artistic efforts. The Pittengers are grandparents to 8 (so far) wonderful grandchildren.
Amanda Wilton, the Marketing Coordinator for Samaritan Ministries International, has been with the ministry since 2015. In this capacity, she oversees advertising, marketing and sponsorships. Originally from Detroit, she graduated with her master’s degree in public relations and organizational communication from Wayne State University in 2007. Throughout the last several decades, she has had the opportunity to work with international non-profit organizations, boutique firms and academic institutions. Currently living in Peoria, Illinois, with her husband of 13 years, Dan, their two amazing children, and their wonder-dog Abel, Amanda spends her free time running, reading and pretending to be a writer.