Melissa Abello and her husband Janus serve as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader in Columbia, Missouri. They both have had the honor of serving in the ministry for over 10 years. The Abellos have two young girls, Naomi and Ruth, and have been happily married for 8 years.

Melissa also is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri who specializes in marriage communication, affair recovery, sex therapy, and sexual addiction Melissa has been trained through the Institute of Sexual Wholeness, Focus on the Family where she did marital intensives, and the AEDP institute. She holds a Master’s degree in both Marriage and Family therapy. Melissa splits her time between being a wife, mom, ministry leader, and therapist, and feels so honored to speak to women on this topic of sexual wholeness!

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Tim was baptized in 1993. The majority of his first 10 years as a member of the ICOC were spent on mission fields in Thailand and the Middle East. While on the mission field in the Middle East, he completed a Master’s degree in International Relations with a heavy emphasis on conflict resolution. He worked as the teacher’s assistant for one of the top conflict resolution practitioners in the Middle East. Tim participated in multiple conflict resolution seminars and events in one of the most volatile regions of the world.


Tim spent the next 10 years as a disciple working for the US Army’s Intelligence Center of Excellence teaching on Cultural Awareness, Cross-Cultural Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiations. He was able to teach around the world, won three national awards for his educational products, was awarded two Commanders awards for civilian service, and received a Masters Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Arizona.


Five years ago, Tim left government service for the private sector, where he holds a Director level position for a multinational corporation.


Tim has been married since 2001 and has two teenage daughters.

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Stephen and Deb Bowen are the proud parents of three amazing adult children: two daughters and a son. Both daughters are same-sex attracted. The Bowens spent 15 years in full-time Christian ministry. Along with my many other roles within their local church and community, they now also volunteer for Strength in Weakness Ministries, offering help and perspective to parents and families of same-sex-attracted loved ones.

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Michael Burns has been a disciple since 1999. He and his wife MyCresha have two sons, 25 and 17, and live in Roseville, Minnesota. Michael is a biblical teacher in the Two Cities Church in Minneapolis and has taught ministry training courses, biblical weekends, and workshops across churches in the United States and internationally. He serves on the ICOC Social, Cultural Unity and Diversity (SCUAD) Team, and teaches in the Ministry Training Academies in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, and Abidjan. Michael is the author of several books, including Crossing the Line: Culture, Race, and Kingdom; All Things to All People: The Power of Cultural Humility; and Escaping the Beast: Politics, Allegiance, and Kingdom.

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Originally from Colorado, Wade is a recent transplant to San Diego where he is serving the Pomerado Region of the San Diego Church of Christ. He was baptized in 1987 off the campus of CU Boulder and was blessed to have spent all but one year of that time in Denver. Wade married the love of his life, Debbie Davis, in 1992. They love their three adult daughters McKenzie, Chandler, and Alexis; all of whom are growing in their own walk with God as faithful disciples! Wade and Debbie went into the ministry in 1990 and served 24 years for the Denver Church of Christ where they were appointed an Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader in 2000, and Wade as an Elder in 2017.  

From 2016 to 2019 they joyfully worked for HOPE worldwide, but felt called back to the full-time ministry which is how they made their way to San Diego in 2019.


Wade holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Community Counselling from Denver Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Therapist and has extensive experience in marital and pre-marital counseling, family dynamics, anger management, and substance abuse. He holds certificates in Domestic Violence Counseling, both group and individual crisis interventions and pre-marriage assessments.  


Marcus De Carvalho, M.D. is the president and founder of The Center for a Healthy Mind and Wellbeing (www.Healthymindmd.com).  He and his wife, Elizabeth attend the Jax Church in Jacksonville, Florida.  They are parents to four beautiful boys, Rafa, Paolo, Raoul, and Elan.  Marcus is a medical doctor who is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  His focus of practice is General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  His main passion is helping people regain their lives and become “unstuck” from the addictions and mental illnesses that have kept them in the darkness.


Understanding Homosexuality in Espanol!

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Los González supervisan el ministerio español para SIW. Han estado casados durante 31 años y tienen tres hijos adultos. Rolando se siente atraído al mismo Genero. Aprenda de esta pareja mientras enseñan los principios bíblicos que rodean la ética sexual y la homosexualidad.


Guy is a same-sex attracted Christian man. He has been married for 30 years and has four amazing adult children. Guy has authored 5 books, and a movie about his life, FINDING GUY, was released in 2020.


Being Curious

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David and his wife Erica have been leading the thriving congregation in Winnipeg, Canada since 1999 and have also served in varying leadership roles with the Toronto Church of Christ. He has been a committed disciple for over 29 years.


David’s educational background is in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in Canada; Professional Counselling from the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training in Canada; Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the Resolution Skills Centre in Canada and Cornell University in the USA. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Counselling at the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry Training in the USA.


David is a Registered Professional Counselor with the Canadian Professional Counselors Association (CPCA) in Canada. He is a Qualified Mediator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC) in Canada. David’s work experience includes working as a consultant and trainer for a private company in Winnipeg, Canada (ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership) with a focus on mediation, conflict resolution, and workplace performance training. David also owns and operates a private counseling and consulting practice based out of Winnipeg, Canada (D. Jung Counselling & Consulting). He has served as an instructor for the Canadian School of Missions (Toronto, Canada); the Ministry Development & Training Program (Minneapolis, U.S.), and the Asia Pacific Leadership Academy (Manila, Philippines). David is a big believer in life-long learning and strives to use the things that he has learned to build up the family of God.


Carrying One Another’s Burdens: Cultural Humility Training in the Local Church

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Kendall Knight was baptized 25 years ago in the Queens Ministry of the NYC Church of Christ. Six months later he was asked to return to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY to begin training to serve along with the former Dian Dames. In August of 1995, he decided to leave his career in corporate textile sales to pursue the full-time ministry. Kendall was appointed an Evangelist in 1996, and Dian was appointed Women’s Ministry Leader. Kendall was the lead evangelist in the Brooklyn Region of the NYC Church for four years and served another two years in the Queens Region. God used the Knights’ leadership in a powerful way as the Brooklyn Region grew to over 600 members.


Kendall currently serves as a tentmaker evangelist for the North River Church of Christ. The Knights provide leadership to the Thrive Singles/Young Marrieds Ministry for North River and they are a part of the core leadership team for the North Community. They have worked with Bob Keen to develop the diversity training program. Kendall is a full-time mortgage banker and football coach. The Knights are the parents of 2 adopted boys who are currently campus students. Dian teaches piano and voice at the Greater Atlanta Christian School of Music.


Carrying One Another’s Burdens: Cultural Humility Training in the Local Church


Kendall Knight was baptized 25 years ago in the Queens Ministry of the NYC Church of Christ. Six months later he was asked to return to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY to begin training to serve along with the former Dian Dames. In August of 1995, he decided to leave his career in corporate textile sales to pursue the full-time ministry. Kendall was appointed an Evangelist in 1996, and Dian was appointed Women’s Ministry Leader. Kendall was the lead evangelist in the Brooklyn Region of the NYC Church for four years and served another two years in the Queens Region. God used the Knights’ leadership in a powerful way as the Brooklyn Region grew to over 600 members.


Kendall currently serves as a tentmaker evangelist for the North River Church of Christ. The Knights provide leadership to the Thrive Singles/Young Marrieds Ministry for North River and they are a part of the core leadership team for the North Community. They have worked with Bob Keen to develop the diversity training program. Kendall is a full-time mortgage banker and football coach. The Knights are the parents of 2 adopted boys who are currently campus students. Dian teaches piano and voice at the Greater Atlanta Christian School of Music.


Kathy brings rich experience to this unique area of ministry; as both her mother and daughter previously experienced seasons in their lives when they were lesbian. This has led her on a very profound journey of learning how to emulate God's heart of grace and compassion.  Kathy has raised two amazing children and is now a grandmother. Kathy assists with the Parent & Family Ministry with Strength in Weakness.



Why Worry? Dealing with Anxiety


Cathy Marutzky is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California and a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). Cathy graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education and she taught third grade in Texas and Colorado. She is also a graduate of the University of Northern Texas where she earned a Masters in Education in Counseling in 2006. 

Cathy served as an elementary school counselor for eight years in Omaha, NE while mentoring other school counselors. She gained her licenses as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Mental Health Professional (LMHP) in the state of Nebraska. She worked in her own private practice, Lakeside Family Counseling, in Omaha.   Her primary experience is in working with children, teens, women, and families.


Cathy has also worked as a Women’s Ministry Leader for more than thirty years serving churches in San Diego, Denver, Dallas, and Boston. Currently, she serves as the lead women’s ministry leader at the Antelope Valley Church in Lancaster, California. Cathy has been married for thirty-nine years with two married daughters and three grandchildren.   


Equipping Kids to Avoid Sexual Hazards


Barry and Debbie Mattox were baptized in 1973 in Gainesville, Florida, shortly after their wedding.  Barry is an elder in the Orlando Church of Christ.  He taught engineering and worked in developing advanced sensors at Lockheed Martin for 30 years before retiring to spend more time serving the church.  Debbie taught medical technology and worked in hospitals and clinics before retiring.  Barry and Debbie have three married children (all active in their respective churches), and five grandchildren.  They have lived in Orlando since 1979 and have a heart to see college students and young families converted and thriving.  Working with college students, they found that, with few exceptions, parents of Kingdom Kids never effectively talked with their kids about sex, and those kids were having more problems with sexual sin than disciples converted from the world.  The Mattoxes are active in premarital and marriage counseling, teaching parenting classes, and raising awareness and solutions for sexual sins in the church.


Dr. Bill Moulden has served in the full-time ministry for over 25 years throughout the Southwest, Midwest, and now the Heartland family of churches. He currently serves an Evangelist and Teacher with the Gateway City Church in St. Louis, MO. Bill has Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, NM.


Tom Nuelle is one of the co-founders of Pure & Simple Ministry, which focuses on helping men and women break free from unwanted sexual behaviors and codependency. Tom started his first purity group in 2004, which has grown into several dozen groups helping hundreds of men and women around the world. He also authored a book entitled “Living Pure” a 42 day Bible study series, which contains the key lessons learned while working in the field of sexual purity. Tom recently launched Tom Nuelle Coaching (tomnuellecoaching.com) which is a coaching business specifically focused on helping people overcome unwanted sexual behaviors.  Tom has worked in the full-time ministry since 1996 in Chicago, Detroit, and currently leads the Madison Church of Christ.  He is also a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 34 years. 


Thriving in a 28-year marriage once traumatized by adultery and a four-year separation, Kim shares her story of hope and healing with spouses who feel isolated due to sexual sin in their marriage, but don’t know how or where to begin their journey.


Her ministry, Hope for Spouses, is an online resource for betrayed Christian spouses offering an extensive video and audio library, blog, private Facebook group, recommended resources, and biblically-based guidance through one-on-one breakthrough calls.


In addition to being a mother of three, Kim is also an author, stage director, and certified fitness instructor. She wrote and directed, Table for Two, an ensemble stageplay about adultery, sexual addiction, abuse, recovery, and grace for the 2013 Florida Discipleship Conference. Her books, The Intimacy ManifestoThe Chasm Crosser, and Water for the Wound, are available from Amazon.


Morgan pursued a basketball career with a full scholarship at college where she contributed to record-breaking seasons. It was during this time of her life that she left her lesbian life to became a Christian. Today she is married and has two beautiful children. Morgan oversees the High School & College Ministry for Strength in Weakness.


Dr. Michael Shapiro currently serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Duke Medical School's Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, where he participates in the education and training of physicians going through their 3-year residency in Family Medicine and provides direct clinical service to patients in the Family Medicine Clinic and Cape Fear Valley Hospital. For the 30 years prior to moving to North Carolina, he and his wife, Dr. Mary Shapiro, were in private practice in Athens, Georgia, where they specialized in child psychology, neuropsychology, and forensic psychology.  They are the authors of “Rejoice Always: A Manual for Christians Facing Emotional Challenges,” which broke ground on the topic of mental health for Christians and has just been released in its second edition. Mike and Mary have lectured extensively, both domestically and abroad, on topics related to child psychology, parenting, marriage, adoption, and mental health issues in a biblical context. They have taught for the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry, the Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry, and the Athens Institute of Ministry.


Barry has been a faithful Christian and member of his local church in Denver, Colorado for almost three decades, where he also serves as a deacon. He and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter and two granddaughters. Coming from a same-sex-attracted background, Barry sadly spent much of his youth struggling with suicidal ideation stemming from his struggle with homosexuality. Since becoming a Christian and experiencing tremendous victory over his homosexual temptations, Barry has always had a desire to serve other same-sex-attracted followers of Jesus, helping them to live victorious lives in Christ. Barry and his wife Sharon serve on the volunteer staff of Strength in Weakness in the Marrieds Ministry.


Robin is a Certified Trauma Professional and Life Coach. She is the author of the spiritual classic, Secure in Heart. She also wrote Eve’s Song and Grace Calls: Spiritual recovery after abandonment, addiction, or abuse. Grace Calls (with Dave Weidner) was the 2017 Gold Medal winner of the self-help category of the International Illumination Book awards. Robin co-leads Purity Restored alongside her husband of 40 years, Dave. Together, they have traveled around the world training churches and individuals. Using all they learned, they co-authored Pure the Journey.


Robin is known for her groundbreaking vulnerability and deep journey into the heart of being a woman. Her Saturday morning musings on Facebook Live (usually with Dave) have brought much healing and clarity. Robin is also the owner of Robin Weidner Copywriting & Consulting, with a specialty in health and has a BA is in Bible, Social Work, and English. In her free time, she creates healing intuitive art, rides her bike, paddleboards, and camps with Dave. Robin enjoys spending time with her 3 adult children and grandson, Henry.


Overcoming Addiction through the Chemical Recovery (CR) Ministry

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Will is a native of the Bronx N.Y., where he eventually became a disciple in 1993. After 3 years God called him into the full-time ministry where he had the privilege of serving alongside his wife until 2015.  God has used Will to serve in Harlem, N.Y. (where he was baptized), the Bronx, N.Y., and in our church in Los Angeles for 8 years before bringing him back to serve as Regional Evangelist for the Bronx Region for 7 years.  From the beginning of his discipleship he has been a part of the C.R. ministry, coming from a background of recovery, God allowed him to serve simultaneously as a C.R. leader throughout his ministry career.

He presently works as the Director of Transitional Housing for Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch in Riverhead N.Y., where he has served youth from disadvantaged backgrounds for the past 5 years.

Will has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is presently working on his Master’s degree in Theology and Leadership.

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Kendall Baldwin currently lives in Indianapolis and works as the Manager of US Chapter Relations at HOPE worldwide, supporting the community outreach efforts of 125 Chapters. Her passion for community outreach began in her home state of New Jersey, where programs of her local HOPE worldwide Chapter exposed her to the power of interpersonal connection from a young age. A former early childhood educator with a background in psychology, Kendall believes that strong community relationships are essential to empowering individuals and promoting well-being.


Trauma and Shame Resilience

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David Bruce LMFT is a licensed therapist, addiction counselor, and serves as a minister in the Turning Point Region of the LA Church. David has a fascination with neurotheology which is the study of how principles and exercises rooted in Scripture have a healthy effect on the human brain as well as one's relationship with God and others. David has been a disciple since 1991 where he was baptized in the Moscow Church of Christ. He is married to his best friend Cece and has two great kids in the faith, Michael (23) and Kristina (21).

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Robert Carrillo grew up in California and was educated at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in History and Social Work. Later, Robert studied at Pepperdine University, where he received a Master’s in Divinity. Robert and Michele have been married 32 years and have three adult children, Elena, Alexis, and Andrew. The Carillos entered the ministry as missionaries planting churches in Mexico City, and Miami. Together, they also led churches and ministries in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and New York. After returning to San Diego, they led the San Diego Church of Christ for 7 yrs. Robert Carrillo served as CEO of HOPE worldwide for 4 years and is now finishing a Doctorate in Spiritual formation at Fuller Seminary. Currently, Robert is an Evangelist and Teacher with the Los Angeles Church of Christ, and he also serves on the ICOC Teachers Committee.

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Sean is a student at California State University receiving his Masters of Science in Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. Sean grew up in the church and is same-sex attracted. Sean assists with the High School & College Ministry with Strength in Weakness.

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Pedro Garcia is the senior minister for the Lighthouse Church in West Covina, CA. This church is also one of 9 regions in the LA Church of Christ. Pedro became a Christian while attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he received his B.S. in business administration. Pedro and Laura have been married for 30 years. They lived abroad in Latin America for ten years as missionaries in Brazil, Columbia, and Mexico City. Pedro is currently still serving and shepherding ministries in Central America. His ministry experience is extensive, and he is Trilingual- he speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently. Pedro and Laura have two adult children, Lauren married to Jeremiah and Nick -they all live in CA.

Pedro is currently in his second year of an MFT master’s program with a specialization in trauma. This fall, he begins his internship as an MFT Trainee at Pacific Clinics in Pomona, CA. he is working with families and children.


Wendy Hack, under the pen name, Susanna Qua, wrote the book “Broken Into One Peace,” and has been a speaker at workshops, Al-Anon groups, and a women’s treatment center. Her last workshop was on Dealing with the Effects of Addiction, Mental Illness, and Sexual Trauma at Augsburg University. She currently works as Chief Wellness Officer for a collaborative focusing on social justice matters. Before that, she held editing positions for several drug and alcohol treatment centers, including the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.


Wendy received her education at the University of Minnesota, earning a B.A. in English and a minor in Russian Studies. She became a disciple in 1988 and went on a mission team to Syracuse, NY in 1993. She moved down to New York City in 1996, went through CR herself, was trained to lead CR groups by Mike and Brenda Leatherwood, and has led women’s Chemical Recovery groups on and off for the past 23 years. Wendy has been happily married to her husband, Tom, for 21 years. They have two sons, ages 19 and 16, and reside in Burnsville, MN.


Chris Jacobs became a Christian while attending the University of Florida in 1975. He married his wife Alison in 1982. They have three adult children, who are also Christians in their local congregations, as well as one grandchild. He worked as a C.P.A. for 10 years, then worked in administration for the church for 16 years, ten of which were on the mission field in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2006, he has been the co-owner and C.F.O. of Pactimo, a cycling apparel company (www.pactimo.com). Chris has been an elder of the Denver Church of Christ since 2002. He has co-led and served on the Denver church diversity team since its inception in 2016 and has served on the ICOC Diversity Team (now SCUAD) for the past three years.


Bob Keen was baptized in 1976 in Miami, Florida. He has been a member of several of our churches over the years and served in various roles of church leadership. He was a founding member of the North River Church of Christ in 2005 and has served as one of its elders since 2007.


Bob has been a business attorney for over 35 years. He currently works part-time as a chief financial officer for a former client. He also continues to practice law part-time through his law firm. Bob has lived in the Atlanta area since 1985. He has two children, Alicia LaFrance, who is married to Ryan LaFrance and resides in San Francisco, California, and Brandon Keen, who is married to Alexandra Keen and resides in Durham, North Carolina. Bob is engaged to be married to Adrian Hickman this upcoming November.


Scott was born in South Carolina, he graduated from Wingate University, North Carolina. He is in the process of earning a Masters in Divinity. Scott became a disciple of Jesus in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. He entered the full-time ministry in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. Currently, he leads the Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He and Thereasa Portis married on December 11, 1999. They have three children, London, Sydney, and Asia. They enjoy traveling, seeing movies, cooking out, and having fun as a family.


Scott served as the Regional Family Chairman for the US Southeast Family of Churches, from 2010 to 2020. He along with other brothers began the initiative of the ICOC Diversity Team in 2012. He currently serves as chairman of the ICOC Diversity Team also known as ICOC Social Cultural and Diversity Team (SCUAD).  


Jennifer Konzen, PsyD, LMFT (#51241), CST, CCDC.  Dr. Konzen is the director of 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. Jennifer and her husband Tim have been married over 25 years and have 4 wonderful children. They live in San Diego, California where Tim is a deacon and they are involved with shepherding and leading in the married and youth and family ministries. 

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Terri Loso oversees HOPE worldwide’s volunteer engagement work in the US and liaisons with the amazing service-leaders in Canada and the Caribbean. She strives to be a sheep, not a goat, and to influence and support her brothers and sisters in Christ to the same end. She is a member of the Pioneer Valley Church of Christ in Springfield, MA, and lives in Northern Connecticut with her very patient husband, Darren.


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Dr. Gregg Marutzky is the Senior Minister for the Antelope Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster, California. Gregg and Cathy have been married for 39 years having met in high school. 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. Gregg worked as a civil engineer before he entered fulltime ministry.


He continued his education at Pepperdine University receiving an 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 Ph.D. 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. Gregg teaches courses for dealing with anxiety and depression as well as leads group therapy for anger management and substance abuse. He also guest-lectures at Rochester University. Gregg is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California.

Gregg has been in the ministry for 40 years leading churches in Denver, Dallas, Omaha, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Gregg and Cathy have two daughters, Amanda married to Kyle living in Orange County and Megan married to Chad plus three grandchildren (Sienna, Makenna, & Dean) living in Dallas.  


Dave has spent the last 20 plus years studying personal growth and leadership development. His mission is to coach disciples & help them break through whatever it is that is keeping them from experiencing the life to the full God intends for them.

Some of his current coaching programs include The Ironmen Team (for men disciples who own or run a business), The Magdalene Team (for women disciples who own or run a business), Lunch and Learns, Keynote speeches, and Church Leadership Workshops. 

The Joyful Life and High Performance are two of Dave’s latest coaching programs. They are a culmination of his professional training that changed not only his life but the lives of those whom he has been privileged to work with.

Dave enjoys volunteering with his family both locally and in Central America.  A great joy in his life was serving as the Director for HOPE worldwide in the NY Metro Area and his time as the Chair of the National Chapter Advisory Board.

After a degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts, Dave spent many years in the full-time ministry followed by fifteen plus years in Corporate America in sales in which he worked his way up to VP of Sales.  He is certified in DISC and Energy Leadership personality and attitudinal assessments and serves as an Executive Director for the John Maxwell Team.  He is also certified in High-Performance Coaching under Brendon Burchard. 

Dave has enjoyed coaching his kids' sports, participating in triathlons, and serving in the Garden State Church.


Dana Perkins is a visionary leader with more than 25 years of experience serving in diverse ministry settings. He is a passionate communicator with the ability to take biblical principles and apply them in the context of current challenges.


Dana is a graduate of Grambling State University and currently serves as the Lead Evangelist of the South Sound Church of Christ in Tacoma, Washington. He and his wife Gingerla have been in the ministry since 1994 and have served in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Hampton Roads. He has also served as the Lead Evangelist for congregations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Boise, Idaho.


He is currently on the BoD for HOPEww and is a member of the ICOC Social Cultural and Diversity Team (SCUAD)  


Dana and Gingerla have been married for 34 years. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.


Ellen is a faithful Christian woman, wife, and parent. She is also same-sex attracted. Ellen is a provisionally licensed mental health counselor (LCMHCA). For the past 5 years, Ellen has served on the volunteer staff of the Strength in Weakness Ministries helping countless individuals and families work through these tender & complex topics in a faith-based context.


Dr. Richard Rodriguez earned a Ph.D. with distinction in U.S. History from Florida International University. There he now serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for U.S. History and Religious Studies courses. He also serves in the ICOC Diversity Team. He is the author of the book An Unsealed Indictment: How American Slavery Violated the Scriptures.

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Shawn Sommerkamp is a disciple of Jesus, a motivational speaker, and an ICF Certified Executive Coach.

He upholds the faith by making contact with the prevalent philosophies of career success and shows their foundational structure as Christianity. The result is a transformative approach to career growth as part of our ultimate mission.

Using humor and audience participation, he demonstrates how to implement his methods that not only increase individual performance but ultimately influence company culture for Christ.


The Grief Journey: Finding Peace in All of Life's Losses

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Dr. Timothy Sumerlin: He has been a disciple for 39 years. Tim lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Jackie – they have been married 35 years. They have two children (Danielle and Tim), and a brand-new granddaughter, Elsa. He has worked as a counselor for over 30 years and is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. Tim is the dean of the Counseling Program at the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology, as well as an elder in the Denver church of Christ.


Tim is the director of In Motion Counseling, which includes the Disciples In Motion, an innovative recovery program for the church setting, and The Grief Journey Program. He has authored two books, Recovery Moving Forward and The Grief Journey: Finding Peace in All of Life’s Losses.


Growing up in a Christian family in rural Illinois, Dave developed a love for God at a young age. He began preaching at age 14 and has spent the past 45 years in various types of outreach and ministry. He earned his B.S in Biblical Languages from Harding University and later earned an MS in Organizational Psychology from Walden University. His own personal struggles with sexual sin propelled him into his own recovery from sexual addiction and to establish a ministry of helping others find true freedom and healing. He is the co-founder of the Pure and Simple Conference and Purity Restored Ministries. His audio series Pure in Heart has been provided inspiration and instruction to thousands of disciples around the world who desired to run free and see God through a pure heart.


Dave has been married to his wife Robin for 40 years and has three adult children on one grandson. He is passionate about travel, bicycling, downhill skiing, and hiking. He also loves dogs and watching sports.


Nathanael Zroh is originally from the Ivory Coast, West Africa and currently lives in Montréal, Canada. He's part of the Hope worldwide Global service Internship and is also finishing his degree in Industrial Engineering. Nathanael thinks of himself as a never-ending learner and is still learning about the principles he's sharing in this workshop. He has also served in the full-time ministry, leading the Montreal campus ministry along with his wife, Janaya. Through serving with HOPEww and the campus ministry, he has gained more understanding of how the ministry of Jesus was one of service, restoration, and mutuality and how crucial it is to incorporate these principles when engaging serving others.