History

A Biblical solution to health care since 1994

1994
Humble beginning
Founder Ted Pittenger responds to God’s call and starts Samaritan Ministries International. Ten households start sharing medical needs.
1995
First big test
The ministry passes its first real financial test as members share a $10,000 medical need. The need is met in full.
2004
The ministry grows
As membership reaches 10,000 households and the number of employees increase, the need for a larger space was apparent, leading to the purchase of a building in Peoria, Illinois.
2010
Direct sharing protected
The Affordable Care Act required most US citizens to have health insurance. Members of health care sharing ministries are given an exemption from the mandate.
2013
Morning Center opens
Samaritan Ministries opens new doors to provide Christ-centered prenatal through postpartum maternity care to women in need.
2019
Celebrating 25 years
Samaritan Ministries celebrates 25 years of service to its members, as Christians bear one another’s burdens through health care sharing.

Leadership

A heart of service

Samaritan Ministries is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. Leadership throughout the ministry is committed to honoring God and fostering a Biblical community through health care.

Our leadership team

Ted Pittenger
Founder
Mark Zander
Chief Executive Officer
Will Cooper
Chief Operating Officer
Douglas Winkler
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Grimm
Chief Talent Officer
Brian Heller
Chief Legal Counsel
Anthony Hopp
Chief Purpose Officer
Rob Waldo
Chief Administrative Officer

God is weaving a tapestry that involves each of our lives. God is building His Kingdom, and we get to participate by joining Him in His work.

Ted A. Pittenger, Founder, Samaritan Ministries International