Staff
Robert Sherwood
Chairman of the Board

Robert joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries in 2016.  He is serving in his first three year term. Professional Background Robert graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, majoring in social studies, in 1987.  Following | Read More

Robert joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries in 2016.  He is serving in his first three year term.

Professional Background

Robert graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, majoring in social studies, in 1987.  Following his graduation, Robert worked 26 years as a full-time 5th/6th grade teacher for Spokane Public Schools until 2013 when he retired.  He also has work experience nailing drywall and as a butcher.

Out of the Office

Robert has been married to his wife, Bekki, since 1974. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  He and Bekki are members at North Addison Baptist Church in Spokane, WA where Robert serves as a shepherd.  Robert and Bekki also teach first and second graders in Sunday School and lead a Bible study for college students in their home.

Robert loves spending time with his family (especially his grandkids), enjoys doing yard work, and cheering for the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys!

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Debbie Thibodeaux
Volunteer – Chief Editor

Debbie is the Chief Editor of all publications, printed and online.  With her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hardin-Simmons University, she is a tremendous asset to the team. Debbie home schools her three kids, teaches private Spanish lessons, | Read More

Debbie is the Chief Editor of all publications, printed and online.  With her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hardin-Simmons University, she is a tremendous asset to the team.

Debbie home schools her three kids, teaches private Spanish lessons, leads a weekly women’s Bible study, and in her free time enjoys reading, facebooking, scrapbooking, and dates with her husband.

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Misty Downing
Volunteer – Newsletter Distribution

Misty joined Simplicity Ministries® in 2002, volunteering her time as an office assistant.  She is currently responsible for the folding and distribution of the newsletter each month.  Her husband, Steve, also volunteers on occasion folding the ministry’s newsletter and stuffing | Read More

Misty joined Simplicity Ministries® in 2002, volunteering her time as an office assistant.  She is currently responsible for the folding and distribution of the newsletter each month.  Her husband, Steve, also volunteers on occasion folding the ministry’s newsletter and stuffing envelopes for the monthly distribution.

Steve and Misty married in 1994, and have three girls.  Misty enjoys camping, trying out new recipes, scrapbooking and fellowshipping with friends.  Her favorite thing about volunteering for Simplicity has been “to watch what God does when people give just a little of their time and talents and how He uses their little bit to expand His kingdom in a big way.”

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Tim Porter
Board Member

Tim joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries in 2012.  He is serving in his second three year term.  Tim has been a member of the Men of Simplicity (MOS) since its inception in the Fall of 2009 and has been | Read More

Tim joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries in 2012.  He is serving in his second three year term.  Tim has been a member of the Men of Simplicity (MOS) since its inception in the Fall of 2009 and has been a small group discussion leader for 8-10 men for the past two years.

Professional Background

After graduating high school, Tim went directly to work to support his mother and younger sister.  One year after graduation, Tim went to work for The Oregonian Publishing Company and worked there for almost 40 years as a ­pressman.  Tim retired from The Oregonian in 2012.

Out of the Office

Tim has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 41 years.  They have two adult children, Mike Porter (also a member and leader in MOS) and Melissa Grotts, and one granddaughter, Rianne.  Tim spends much of his time serving family and friends, including volunteering at Rianne’s middle school on a weekly basis.  Tim attends Greater Gresham Baptist Church where he is serving a three year term as a Shepherd and serves weekly as a Greeter.

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Jay Hill
Treasurer of the Board

Jay joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries® in the Fall of 2015 and was appointed as Treasurer.  He is serving in his first three year term. Professional Background Jay was born and raised in Oregon and has attended Open Door | Read More

Jay joined the Board of Simplicity Ministries® in the Fall of 2015 and was appointed as Treasurer.  He is serving in his first three year term.

Professional Background
Jay was born and raised in Oregon and has attended Open Door Baptist Church in Troutdale, OR since 1991.  After graduating from college in 1996 he was called to the ministry and began serving on staff at ODBC in the fall of 1996.  He served as Youth Pastor until 2005 when he and his wife, Esther, took over the Homebuilder’s ministry.  Jay received a Masters in Theology from Luther Rice Seminary in 2007.  He also works at Open Door Christian Academy as a Math instructor, and serves as the Dean of Men.

Outside the Office
Jay and Esther have been married since 1995, and the Lord has blessed them with three beautiful girls ages 15, 9, and 7 and one son who is a year old.

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