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About the
Conference

What is InsideOut?

We're excited to invite you to the 6th Annual InsideOut Christian Counselors Conference, originally sponsored by the Antelope Valley Church (California), and now organized by a dedicated team of disciples from various churches within our fellowship who are also licensed therapists. 

 

This conference promises a rich exchange of insights, experiences, and ideas, uniting those dedicated to integrating Christian values with mental health.

 

Save the date and join us in shaping a healthier, more empathetic world where faith and mental health coexist harmoniously.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to this transformative gathering.

Conference History

The InsideOut Christian Counselor Conference began in 2018 in California. The initial meeting was titled, It's Complicated: InsideOut. Subsequent annual conference topics included trauma-informed therapy, selfcare, contemplative practices in counseling and the like. During the pandemic, we adjusted by offering online conferences and now we are back to a hybrid in-person and Zoom format for 2023!

 

InsideOut is for the professional counselor and offers a different topic each year. Along with the professional counselor, we have tracks for the ministry staff  for the general audience who wish to learn personally about mental health for themselves or their family, or for those wish to offer recovery type work in the church setting. 

Meet Our Team

Dr. Jennifer Konzen

San Diego, CA

Jennifer Konzen, PsyD, LMFT (#51241), CST, CCDC. Dr. Konzen is the director for the Center for Sexuality in San Diego, CA. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified sex therapist, and a certified chemical dependency counselor. She is also a two-time nationally award-winning researcher, an international speaker, and an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Alliant International University, and online at Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology. Dr. Konzen is the author of The Art of Intimate Marriage and Redeemed Sexuality and the upcoming The Ransomed Journey: Couples Recovery from Addiction.

Dr. Timothy Sumerlin

Denver, CO

Dr. Timothy Sumerlin is a counselor and adjunct professor at the University of Denver. He is director of In Motion Counseling and, along with his wife, Jackie, created Disciples In Motion, an innovative recovery ministry and Grief Recovery In Motion. Their two children, Tim and Danielle, along with their son-in-law, Adrian, serve with a mission church in China and teach English at a university. Tim & Jackie travel internationally, teaching church leaders in recovery concepts and other counseling related issues and are members of the Denver Church of Christ in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Tracy Jones

Boston, MA

Dr. Jones has been a disciple since 1996, a mental health counselor since 1997 and has her Doctoral Degree from Liberty University. Her research area includes the use of Christian meditation as clinical intervention. She has provided mental health workshops for churches, presented at conferences, published research, worked as a clinician, clinical director as well as an adjunct professor. She is a member of the leadership team at CrossPoint Clinical Services in MA. Tracy is married and has 4 children.

Dr. Gregg Marutzky

Lancaster, CA

Dr. Gregg Marutzky is the Senior Minister for the Antelope Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster, California. Gregg became a Christian at the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Business Administration. He continued his education at Pepperdine University receiving a M.S. in Ministry and a Master of Divinity. Gregg later gained a Doctor of Ministry degree from Abilene Christian University and M.S. in Clinical Counseling from the University of Nebraska. Gregg is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership from Johnson University. Gregg is the Dean of the Los Angeles School of Ministry plus teaches at the Rocky Mountain School of Theology and Ministry. He also guest lectures at Rochester University. Gregg is a national board certified counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #8371 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #111635 in California.

Jennifer Lopez, LPC

Los Angeles, CA

Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA). She specializes in healing church hurts/religious trauma and relational issues. She has served in the full time ministry for 30 years; with 20 years in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. She and her husband Cesar have 3 adult children, all disciples. A women’s ministry leader in LA, she sees a limited number of clients in her private practice. Her passion is helping women come to know Christ, experience his love/healing power and to discover their purpose in life.

Dr. Ajab Amin

Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Ajabeyang Amin is a licensed psychologist, Christian counselor, and writer. She obtained her doctorate (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University, and her Master’s in Public Health from University of Michigan. She has worked therapeutically with adolescents and adults in college campuses, Christian community centers, and geriatric rehab facilities. She founded African Mind Healer, where she currently sees adults for counseling in Philadelphia, PA. She also blogs on mental health, culture, and faith providing resources for mental and emotional problems. She is part of the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ’s singles ministry.

Dr. Kareema Gray

Charlotte, NC

Dr. Gray currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Social Work and serves as the Department Chair and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program Director in the Department of Social Work at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received both her Ph.D. and her master’s degrees in social work from The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her undergraduate degree in biology was completed at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Dr. Gray’s research interests include projects that examine the effectiveness of community initiatives to alleviate poverty, international disaster case management and disaster response, social work in sports, and a variety of social justice and social advocacy issues. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater – The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA. Dr. Gray also serves as an executive board member for Dedication 2 Communities in Charlotte, NC which addresses community relationships with local law enforcement. Dr. Gray is a part of the Charlotte Church of Christ’s Singles Ministry.

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