Bom Somerville presents the sixth and final plenary session for the ACBC 2014 Annual Conference
Bio (2014): Dr. Somerville has served as a Pastor-Teacher in the Evangelical Free Church since 1970 and as Professor of Biblical counseling at The Master’s College since 2005. While Pastoring in the greater New York area, he handled the crisis telephone calls for the Family Radio station and out of that ministry wrote the book, “Help for Hotliners: A Manual to Train Telephone Crisis Counselors”. In 1980 he accepted the call to a church planting ministry in Visalia, CA and while serving that church for twenty-five years he established the Biblical Counseling and Educational Center equipping laymen and pastors in the field of Biblical Counseling. He has spoken widely on the subject of Biblical Counseling, teaching seminars in the U.S. as well as speaking to missionaries in Europe, Central & South Africa, Mexico and Japan. Dr. Somerville is a fellow and serves as a member of the Board of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Dr. Somerville’s wife Mary is a tremendous asset to his pastoral and counseling ministry. Mary holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has authored two chapters in the book Women Helping Women, and has published the book, One With a Shepherd: The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage. Bob and Mary have two children and seven grandchildren. Most recently Dr. Somerville has authored the chapter “Men and Depression” for the Harvest House Publication of the book Men Discipling Men.