The core of the Tophoven's ministry is to train, consult, and support the next generation of professional, globally-minded Christian counselors and equip pastors and missionaries around the globe with affordable or free mental health resources towards their own self-care, towards the care of their congregations, and towards offering mental health services to the communities where they serve.

Serving in:

  • United States

Ministry focus:

  • Professional Support for Missionaries and Pastor Families/Mental Health and the Church
with image description Since 2015
Ingo & Capri Tophoven

Both Ingo and Capri have been professional Christian counselors since 1993. Each received an M.A. degree in counseling from Regent University. In 2014, Ingo also finished a Ph.D. in Regent University's Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP accredited) program. Capri holds a Texas and a Virginia L.P.C. license (LPC=licensed professional counselor). She is an EMDR certified trauma-therapist. 

Ingo and Capri, their children Lukas (25), Katharina (23) and Annika (20), worked in Berlin, Germany, for close to ten years serving the local church, serving pastors and missionaries with professional counseling and consulting services that seek to combine proven research insights with theological wisdom and biblical direction. Ingo and Capri believe that the redemptive work of Christ is at the core of every counseling, coaching, and consulting interaction.

In June of 2017 The Tophovens moved to Virginia where Ingo works as assistant professor at Regent University's counseling ministries department. He also served as department chair and program director at Regent for three years before hitting burnout (and needing to take his own advise and recalibrate). As an evangelical institution of higher Christian learning, it is part of Regent's mission to see their professors engage missionally. That's where Ingo finds time to develop the concepts for next-level ministry. Ingo also works pastorally with couples on the weekends. Capri maintains her Virginia counseling license and works missionally in Christian counseling as a professional counselor. She meets regularly with local pastors for case consultations and fields many calls and emails of Christian leaders seeking her out as a counselor.  

Capri and Ingo pursue three objectives: 

  1. help train a next generation of counselors that can competently navigate ministry-, mission-, and church contexts here and overseas. To that end, some funds go specifically into training and education for promising Christian counselors in underserved areas of the world.  
  2. help build, supervise, and consult with Christian counseling centers around the world. Self-sufficiency is the goal. 
  3. help equip pastors and missionaries globally with resources necessary to promote mental health progress for their own lives and families, their congragations, and the communities they serve. 

The big goal: Open-source, affordable, indigenous, mental health resource development (That's a mouthful, we know)

In order to accomplish the goal of placing free and/or affordable, culturally contextualized mental health resources into the hands of local pastors and missionaries around the world, the Tophovens, through their developer team, are constructing serveral websites that allow collaboration on mental health resources, similar to the idea of open-source bible translation efforts. The overall goal is to develop local resources that fit local contexts and take advantage of the strategic locations of many churches around the world. 

To raise awareness on mental health and chuch issues and to raise funds for the first new website, Ingo and Lukas rode 2100 miles from Florence, Oregon, to Kansas, during Covid summer 2020. The tour ended in Kanasas. They raised $12,000 and were able to launch www.globalcycleclub.com in 2021, which is one of the projects towards building project related funds for mental health resource development projects - and eventually - towards a separate open source site. On June 20th, 2022, Ingo, Lukas, Caroline (Lukas's wife), Annika, and Katharina & Elois, will head out from Yorktown to finish the original tour --- this time --- east to west. 

If you donate to this account, you will help directly sustain the work of Ingo and Capri and Lukas on counseling, coaching, consulting, and building the projects mentioned above.  

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Ingo and Capri Tophoven

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