About Us

THE MINISTRY

Love Of Christ Ministries, Inc. is a 501(C) (3) charitable organization that provides two tracks of counseling; traditional psychotherapy as well as faith based therapy. The faith based therapy approach integrates the psychotherapy approach with the exploration and implementation of Biblical principles in the context of the client’s presenting issues, thereby “Ministering to those who hurt” (2 Cor 1:3-5). Additional social services such as case management, advocacy, consultations and referrals are also provided.

LOCM started as a support group in a local church in Queens, New York in 1995. The first meeting had over 20 individuals attend. This grew into a private practice and spanned three locations, Queens, N.Y. Nanuet, N.Y. and Haskell, NJ. In 2009 LOCM relocated to Wellington, Colorado and obtained its 501(C) (3) status.

The Ministry continues to provide love and support to those individuals, couples and families who are experiencing spiritual and emotional pain and, suffering as a result of past or present circumstances. Firmly believing that it is Biblical (Galatians 6:2), and in obedience to our Lord’s command to, “…love one another…” (John 13:34), LOCM offers services which are based upon the healing available through the Love of Christ and His compassionate mercies.

THE VISION

The Bible says, “Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV); the same can be said for LOCM. As such, the vision of this ministry will continue to be written down and proclaimed, guiding us, continually reminding us of our purpose. The Lord provided us with a vision, a responsibility to provide a haven for children who have been so terribly abused or neglected that they do not have a safe place to live. This will be a place of love, healing, wholeness and acceptance; a place of safety where there is no fear.

OUR MANDATE

Many of the sessions listed below were conducted on a sliding scale or pro-bono basis. This is in obedience to the Lord’s mandate that no one is to be denied needed services based on ability to pay. This has certainly stretched our faith, but God has been faithful to provide for the financial needs of the Ministry in a variety of creative and marvelous ways.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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STEVEN GONZLAZ

CEO/PRESIDENT

Steven is a Visionary with over forty-five years of experience working alongside of and with culturally diverse populations. He has developed and managed programs for a homeless shelter, group homes, juvenile justice system and school based programs. He was a clinical director in an inner-city counseling agency and started Love of Christ Ministries (LOCM) as a support group in 1995. It grew into a private practice that expanded to three office locations Queens, New York, Nanuet New York and Haskell New Jersey. He moved to Colorado with his wife Janine and established LOCM as a 501C(3) in Wellington, Colorado in 2009. Steven holds a Master in Social Work degree from Hunters College. Steven’s has been a guest speaker at conferences, workshops, training seminars and on specialized panels. Steven is a father to three adult sons and an adult grandson. He enjoys spending time and partnering his wife Janine in expanding the Vision.

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JANINE GONZALEZ

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Janine assists in managing the day to day operations of LOCM. She works closely alongside Steven in program and community development furthering the Vision. Janine has a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, and undergrad BA in Biblical Studies from Antioch School of Urban Ministries. Her passion to see families and communities whole and ability to adapt and integrate within the community and people she serves she has worked in the inner city of New York to the rural community of Brush Colorado. Janine’s travels and speaking has taken her to: Mexico, Zambia, Cuba, Haiti and working with First Nations people in Canada. Janine’s message is one of Hope and Healing.

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JOSEPH COENEN

SECRETARY EMERITUS

Joseph has been on LOCM’s Board since 2009. His dedication and passion to LOCM success has been invaluable. We are thankful for his time, advice, directions, insight and friendship.  January 2018 Joseph had resigned from the Board. Joseph and his wife Shannon, now travel multiple times a year completing pastoral training, church planting and evangelism. Joseph has been to 38 countries primarily in East Africa and Southeast Asia.

We honor Joseph and his dedication to LOCM and bestow on him the Title Secretary Emeritus

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MELANIE TAYLOR

BOARD MEMBER

Melanie Taylor is founder of LightHouse International Ministries, and an ordained pastor of Lighthouse Worship Center in Limon, Colorado. Melanie has served as an educator and administrator for 5 years when she and her husband Rick established Lighthouse academy. She has worked for BOCES, a speech and language assistance and holds an autism certification. Melanie’s husband Rick, had been pastoring the church for nine years when Rick and their daughter Bethany were killed in a tragic car accident in March 2009. She picked up the mantel & continued in the vision of the church to be a place of His presence kingdom transformation, revival & harvest. She is commissioned with ‘Ascend Ministries International’, a member of Destiny Ministries International’s Apostolic team, Wagner Leadership Institute & Strategic Prayer Apostolic Network. She is a certified counselor; Inner healing & deliverance minister & the director & life coach of Safe Harbor Pregnancy Resource Center in Limon. She has had the honor of speaking at conferences specializing in finding identity & purpose after trauma & loss & claiming 7-fold justice from all the enemy has stolen. Melanie has walked the road of grief & healing & ministers greatly to those with hurting hearts. She has helped many receive Freedom, Joy, Hope & Healing through Jesus Christ. She is the mother of four children (one in heaven) and grandmother to nine adorable grandchildren.

MEET OUR COUNSELLORS

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STEVEN GONZLAZ

MSW, LCSW

Steven has over forty-five years of cultural diversity working with children and adolescents, adults, pre-marital, married couples, and families counseling. Steven works on various issues related to post traumatic stress, adult survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence. adult children of alcoholics, spiritual issues and much more. He provides all counseling services in English and Spanish.

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JANINE GONZALEZ

MSW, LCSW

Janine has over thirty-year’ experience working with children, youth, families and developing community outreach services. At the present time, she works as a medical and psychiatric social worker with the geriatric population. This includes working with family dynamics on issues of aging, loss and long-term care decisions. She concentrates on various issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and stress management. She also counsels on parenting issues, domestic violence, and care giving. Janine works along-side her husband, Steven as a co-therapist on pre-marital and marriage counseling.

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