John V. Arey, D.Min.

SCG Executive Director

Confidential Voicemail: 704-375-5354 ext 303

Office Location

Sanctuary Counseling Group Central Office
The Terry Building
1801 East Fifth Street, Suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28204

Terry Building

The Sanctuary Counseling Group central office is located on the ground floor of the Terry Building on East Fifth Street, beside Presbyterian Hospital and directly behind St. John's Baptist Church. Parking is available beside and behind the building.



Dr. Arey is a Certified Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor. He holds credentials as a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapeutic Association. He is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Dr. Arey received his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his clinical training at the School of Pastoral Care at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Dr. Arey has been with Sanctuary Counseling Group since 2002.


Working with individuals, marriages, families, as well as providing consultation to ministers and congregations, Dr. Arey specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, sexual abuse trauma and victims, substance abuse issues, divorce, mediation, and divorce recovery. In addition he has received special training in the area of church conflict resolution and building healthy congregations.

Dr. Arey also contracts with Ministry Development Services in the psychological assessment of United Methodist clergy candidates for the Western North Carolina Conference and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Mission Statement

Being dedicated to the healing of heart, mind, and soul, we provide excellent emotional, spiritual, and relational health care to all people of the Carolinas.

Sanctuary Counseling Group is an accredited service center of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Solihten Institute.