Executive Vice President James Lansberry is moving on to new challenges
Ted Pittenger and James Lansberry · Mar 30, 2020
A note from Founder and President Ted Pittenger:
When I started Samaritan Ministries in 1994, I had no idea it would grow to be a community of more than 82,000 families who are all caring for one another in the name of Jesus. It’s amazing to think what God can do when we give Him our “five loaves and two fish.” In the hands of our Savior, our best offering—even though we know it is meager—can minister to others beyond what we could imagine.
Along the way, God brings His people together. Twenty-one years ago, God brought James Lansberry, who has served as our Executive Vice President, to Samaritan Ministries. It’s hard to overstate how much God has used James to help Samaritan. Whether it was advocating for health care sharing in front of the media and legislators, expanding our operations to handle growth, or constantly pointing our staff back to our mission, vision, and values, James has led with integrity, faithfulness, and a desire that God be glorified above all.
One of his famous sayings around here is, “We don’t care who gets the credit, as long as it’s Jesus.” So true! We are committed to always pointing back to Jesus. At the same time, we try very hard to give honor where honor is due (Romans 13:7).
This month James Lansberry is announcing that he is sensing God’s call to a new chapter in his life. As President, I want to publicly thank him for his tireless work for Jesus and His people here at Samaritan Ministries these past 21 years. We all know that as Christians we serve at the pleasure of our King. Jesus gets to guide us wherever He wants for His glory. So it is that God is leading James into a new season. But knowing that Jesus is guiding each of us doesn’t lessen how much we will miss our fellow Christians as they follow His lead; it just heightens our gratitude.
James, thank you for your tireless service for Jesus and Samaritan Ministries these past 21 years. May you experience God’s richest blessings and grace in your future.
Samaritan members, I asked James to share from his heart directly with you, and I encourage you to read his message below.
For The Kingdom!
Ted Pittenger, Founder & President
'We all have a bright future in the Lord': a farewell message from James Lansberry
It’s hard to believe I’ve been at Samaritan Ministries for 21 years. I am humbled and grateful for the privilege God has given me to serve Him and you in this wonderful community that bears one another’s burdens. In my tenure I’ve seen God work in remarkable ways, from helping us get this ministry off the ground back when we were working out of a converted chicken coop, to safeguarding Samaritan Ministries with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, to hearing story after story of members whose lives were impacted because a fellow Christian helped them in a time of need.
Seeing God at work through the Samaritan community has deepened my worship and awe of our Savior Jesus Christ. It has cemented my Biblical conviction that faith must be expressed in action. And I am more convinced than ever that faithfully representing Christ and His Church truly takes all of us together, across all our denominational, ethnic, and cultural lines.
I see God at work in those ways at Samaritan Ministries, and it is beautiful.
I also want to tell you that this important work will keep advancing for God’s glory! Although I personally sense God’s call to a new chapter in serving Him and will be leaving staff in May, I know the entire leadership team and staff are more committed than ever in serving Christ and His people with everything they’ve got.
We all have a bright future in our Lord.
God is good.
For His glory,
James Lansberry, Executive Vice President