What About Bob?


About You

I know that you want to change lives. I understand that you care deeply for people, but that you can find it frustrating to obtain equipping that helps you truly to care like Christ.

If I’ve accurately described you, and if what you see below matches what you’re looking for, then consider subscribing to my daily blog via email. You can do so on the top right hand side of the RPM Ministries home page.

About Me

I’m passionate about equipping you to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth through Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling.

That’s why this site offers daily blog posts, hundreds of free resources, book reviews, links to other ministries, Christian Best of Guides, and much more–all designed to equip you to relate God’s truth to your daily life and ministry.

That’s why I authored the following 14 books: Soul Physicians, Spiritual Friends, Beyond the SufferingSacred FriendshipsGod’s Healing for Life’s LossesEquipping Counselors for Your Church Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure, Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling, Scripture and CounselingGospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes LivesBiblical Counseling and the Church, Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life.

That’s why I offer “4E” Consulting to empower churches and para-churches to equip their people for one another ministry.

That’s why I offer seminars, in-services, and conferences around the country on Gospel-Centered Counseling: How to Care Like Christ, Heroes of the Black Church, Women Heroes of the Faith, Cultivating Christlike Intercultural Relational Competencies, and God’s Healing for Life’s Losses.

About RPM Ministries

Most Christians care deeply but struggle to speak the truth in love. RPM Ministries exists to equip pastors, lay people, educators, students, and biblical counselors to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth through Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling.

Founded and directed by yours truly, my associates and I speak, write, and consult to empower the church and para-church to care like Christ. As a result, God’s people enter deeply into one another’s lives and make a significant difference in the lives of hurting and hardened people.

RPM is our acrostic for Resurrection Power Multipliers. We based this concept on Paul’s prayer in Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.” As believers in Christ, we have within us the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:15-23). God calls us to commune with Christ, connect to one another in the Body of Christ, and thus to tap into, avail ourselves of, and apply Christ’s resurrection power in our lives and ministries to glorify God.

More About Bob (That’s Me)

I am the Pastor of Counseling and Equipping at Bethel Church in 4 locations in northwest Indiana. I also serve as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Academic Dean at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana.

I also had the joy of serving for over five years as the founding Executive Director for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. The BCC’s vision is to promote collaborative relationships and provide robust, relevant resources for all those committed to biblical counseling. The BCC’s passion is to promote personal change centered on the Person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word.

I served for seventeen years as the founding Chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship (MACCD) Department at Capital Bible SeminaryThrough the MACCD, by God’s grace I’ve equipped 1,000s of pastors, church leaders, and professional counselors for biblical ministry.

In my three pastoral ministries (one as Sr. Pastor and two as Associate Pastor), I’ve equipped 100s of lay people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. In each church, I’ve launched and led the “LEAD Ministry”: Life Encouragers And Disciplers.”

In my role as Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries, I focus on a Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed approach to equipping local churches for biblical counseling and spiritual formation. Through RPM Ministries, I’ve consulted with scores of churches and para-church groups, walking them through his “4E” model for launching and leading equipping ministries.

I received my BA in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA), my Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN), and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kent State University (Kent, OH).

I’ve authored over 100 published articles. I’m also the author of fourteen books: Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (BMH Books), Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (BMH Books), Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (Baker Books), Sacred Friendships: Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith (BMH Books), God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting (BMH Books), Equipping Counselors for Your Church (P & R Books), and Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure (P & R Books), Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes (P & R Books), Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House), Scripture and Counseling (Zondervan), Biblical Counseling and the Church (Zondervan), Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives (Zondervan), Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ, and Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life.

Shirley, my wife of thirty-seven years, and I live in Crown Point, IN. We’re the parents of two adult children. Josh is married to Andi, and is a lawyer. They are the proud parents (and we are the proud grandparents) of Naomi, Penny., and Phoebe. Marie works in the field of Public Health. Shirley is a retired kindergarten teacher and now serves a part-time Reading Specialist. She is also the most gracious, patient, kind, and Christ-like person I have ever known.

In my free time, I run daily, enjoy reading, love sports, and Shirley and I enjoy hosting parties large and small for family, friends, and our church–Bethel Church.

26 Responses

  1. My wife and I have served as missionaries for 15 years in SE Asia, spent the last 4 years in Myrtle Beach, SC working along side Shiloh Place Ministries ~ founded by the late, Jack Frost. We have now relocated back home to KCMO, and are currently ministering to individuals and families ~ repentance, forgiveness, honoring, and agape’. I really like what I have read on your page, and am interested in further equipping and even working towards a degree in Christian Counseling. I am just a few credits away from a BA, and busy ness has hindered me in completing that. Would love to talk to some one from your ministry about that. 816-898-5884 (cell) Every Blessing as you celebrate Jesus’ birth! Bob Parr

  2. Bob
    I believe you asked to be a friend on Facebook. I appreciate your comments and today looked at your web site. I am fascinated by your name Resurrection Power Reproducers. and as well your emphasis on Biblical relationships in churches. While I was director of Lake Ann Camp I recognized the most important skill we could help campers with was what I called Biblical Social Skills. I knew that if they did not know how to relate to one another they would not be successful in serving others.
    The ideas I have about Ethnic to ethnic Ministries will require some of the greatest tests of Unity in Christ if a church is going to be Multi-ethnic. I believe the Resurrection Power has been minimized or overlooked. Unity in diversity is not humanly possible so churches will have to rise to new levels of commitment to the Scriptures. I say most churches don’t have Big enough challenge to to experience the Power of Big God.
    I would like some response from you. Have you helped churches in attempts to be Multi-ethnic and multi-cultural? What recommendations do you offer. If you have not considered the move among evangelicals on this, check some of the web sites I list under resources.
    I hope we can interact more. Eldon

  3. Dear Bob,
    I was reading Tim Challies this morinng and came across your book about counseling. I am a LPC in Atlanta, GA and have an MA in Christian Education from Denver Seminary, and a MS from the University of Evansville. I’ve been a LPC for 20 years and work in the field of treating professionals [mostly medical] for substance abuse issues.
    Although I am a Christian, I work for MARR Inc. in Atlanta and we have a number of Christians who work there as well. The approach we take to help these men is the approach of Alcoholics’ Anonymous and we use talk therapy to help these men.
    Since my earliest years of training, I’ve used more of the approach by Bruce Narramore Ph.D. from Rosemeade School of Psychology and Theology – in integrative approach. It seems to me that in counseling we are able to take the best of counseling approaches that do not conflict with a Biblical world view and use those, while at the same time using the best from the Biblical counseling models. The problem I’ve alway had with the Jay Adam’s approach [ the one I read about years ago in training] is his et.al. exclusive approach. He does not take into consideration all the gains that counseling and psychology have made over the years. Whereas theologicans have no problem utilizing helpful and new information from a variety of other disciplines, physics, chemistry, etc. to help understand our world and ourselves. It doesn’t make sense to me, why the Biblical counseling writers seem less willing to utilize information that is not necessarily explicitly taken from the Scriptures to develop a philosophy and practice of counseling.
    Any recommendations on this would be appreciated.
    Sincerely, Rick

  4. Dear Bob,

    I am so glad to be associated with you.

    My request is that my blog be linked up with yours, so that those who follow me may also be connected with your teachings.


  5. Hi Dr. Kellman, can you help me with the history of pastoral care? I’m a PhD student looking for some insights. Thanks!

  6. John McNeil’s book on The History of the Cure of Souls is a great resource, as is Clebsch and Jaekle’s Pastoral Care in Historical Perspective.

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