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meet Tim and linda

Tim and Linda believe there is hope for every marriage—even the relationship that seems beyond repair. Over a decade ago, their own marriage was put to the test. With both facing serious health issues combined with the pressures of ministry and work, Tim and Linda became emotionally detached from each other. This, in turn, led to infidelity; yet God remained faithful and continued His passionate pursuit of their hearts. On the verge of losing everything, they chose to honor God and their wedding vows. Tim and Linda recognize that the choice to stay committed is just the beginning of the process and that restoration must follow. In 2002, Tim and Linda founded Restoration Resources Ministry (now True Relationships) out of their deep compassion for couples that feel their situation is hopeless. Their personal experience of restoration has given them a story to tell—one of recovery that establishes a transformation in any couple that hears it. True Relationships is based out of Dayton, Ohio, but Tim and Linda travel often to speak at conferences and seminars across the country. When they are home, they spend most of their time counseling and mentoring. On their down time, Tim enjoys playing golf and you will find Linda decorating or reading her favorite blogs. They definitely have one thing in common—the most important thing to them is spending time with family. He and Linda have two married children, Josh and Rachel, and are proud grandparents to their two grandchildren, Jack and Sadie.

Meet the staff

  • Rev. Tim Buttrey

    CEO of TR, Director of Counseling, Pastoral Counselor

    Tim has completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy as well as being a Certified Trainer in The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work. He holds an undergraduate degree in Pastoral Ministries from North Central University. He has been in continuous full-time ministry since 1983. Previous to starting True Relationships in 2001, he and Linda "planted" and pastored Crossroads Church in Temecula, CA for 11 years. Tim is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. You can contact Tim directly at tim@truerelationships.org.

  • Linda Buttrey

    COO of TR, Staff Support

    Linda has been Tim's partner in ministry since they were married in 1980. She is multi-gifted and thrives in the behind-the-scenes activities that keep True Relationships in its "sweet spot." You can contact Linda directly at linda@truerelationships.org.

  • Sheri Schmitt

    Therapist

    Sheri is a licensed therapist (LISW: Licensed Independent Social Worker) holding an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University. Sheri is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Sheri has observed the power of God at work in the restoration of marriages and families, and feels blessed to have been called to be a part of the transformation. She also has a heart to help guide women to freedom who have suffered from past abuse issues. Sheri lives in Columbus, OH with her husband of 26 years and their two children. You can contact Sheri directly at sheri@truerelationships.org.

  • Sue Buttrey

    Pastoral Counselor

    Sue has completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy as well as being a Certified Trainer in The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work. She completed her bachelor's degree in counseling from Liberty University. Sue's pastoral heart and biblical insight have garnered respect from her clients and everyone that knows her. She serves True Relationships in the capacity of a Pastoral Counselor, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Sue and Don have three adult children, Ryan, Brandon, and Brianna and three grandchildren, Aila, Avie and Oliver. Here is a fun fact - Sue is Linda's sister and Don is Tim's brother! Yep, all four met at the same moment at their church camp in 1973.  You can contact Sue directly at sue@truerelationships.org.

  • Luke Richmond

    Administrative Assistant, Pastoral Counselor

    Luke earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Wright State University. He also holds an advanced diploma from the James Dobson School of Marriage and Family, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Luke is driven by what he feels is a God-calling to people and relationships. You can contact Luke directly at luke@truerelationships.org.

  • Cyndi Swafford

    Pastoral Counselor

    Cyndi is a graduate of Liberty University, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, majoring in Crisis Counseling and minoring in Christian Counseling. Cyndi is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. 


    Cyndi and Jesse were married in April of 2005 and are the proud parents of 3 boys, 2 by adoption and 1 by birth. Cyndi's love for counseling grew out of the restoration of her own marriage right here at True Relationships. Because of her own life experiences and first-hand knowledge, she has a special interest in working with families of special needs children. One of her passions is for foster and adoptive care. To relax Cyndi enjoys creating and selling string art with her husband. You can contact Cyndi directly at cyndi@truerelationships.org.