God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Our story begins with two people as different as can be… except for their whole-hearted desire to follow God and help people.

Scott, a native Michigander, had given up his construction business to attend Rhema Bible Training College in Oklahoma in 2004. He had no idea what God had in store for him after graduation, just a knowing that he needed to be there no matter how crazy it seemed.

Dara, a Jersey girl, was majoring in American Studies and Anthropology (a.k.a. “I have no clue what I’m doing in life”) at a small private college in New York State. She knew ministry was in her future, but she just didn’t know how God could use a quiet girl with administrative skills to serve Him. 

And then Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August of 2005

And suddenly these 2 strangers found themselves in Gulfport, Mississippi, serving God and a hurting community. (And if you don’t think you can have counter-cultural experiences inside the United States, try being a northerner living in the deep South!)

Two things were birthed out of the 3 years they spent there – their eventual marriage AND Right Side Up Ministries. 

You see, they saw what happens when a disaster area is flooded with volunteers and supplies in the aftermath of a storm. How the community feels the love and support of complete strangers from around the country. 

And then how eventually all of those volunteers and supplies dry up. How the news cycle moves on to the next big story. And instead of feeling loved and supported, the affected community feels abandoned and hurt. 

But it’s in this time that the local church has the ability to stand up and really show the love of Christ. To demonstrate to a hurting community that God will never leave them or forsake them. That He is always with them, and so will they be!

This is the heart of Right Side Up Ministries.

Since being founded in 2008, thousands of volunteers have served families affected by disasters through the local church.

Youth to senior citizens have used the skills, talents, and abilities that God has given them to show the love of Christ and give hope to hurting people.

Everything that we do is to support and build up the local church so it can respond to disasters in its own community. 

We’re living proof that you don’t need to be extraordinary to be used by God. You just need to use what He’s given you to help those in need of His love. 

Our Team

Scott Simons

Executive Director

Dara Simons

Co-Director

Madeline Grace

Senior Ministry Kid

Emily Rose

Junior Ministry Kid

Are you ready to use what God has given you to serve those affected by disaster?