Conference Speakers

Basic Conference and Advanced Class Speakers

BCDASoCal Conference speakers had the privilege of teaching God’s Word in regard to Biblical Counseling Topics during the Summer of 2013 in California, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, and on the campus of The Master’s College.

Ernie Baker

Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980 with extensive experience in twenty-five years as a pastor and in training and equipping pastors and laymen in the skills of Biblical Counseling. He is a professor at The Master’s College. Ernie has also completed training to become a certified conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries and teaches a number of conflict resolution courses. He has Level II Certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and is currently seeking Fellow status with ACBC (formerly NANC). He and his wife Rose Marie have been married since 1981 and are thankful parents of six children, three boys and three girls (three of whom are married). They are grateful to the Lord to be able to serve at TMC and are passionate about teaching students to live as worshipers of what truly lasts.

Shelbi Cullen

shelby-cullenShelbi has been married for 30 years to her best friend Sean. They have four children: two sons: James (29) and Kyle (28), two daughters Carly (24) and Hannah (18) and a wonderful son-in-law Michael Crawford (27). Shelbi completed her biblical counseling training from the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, has an MA from the Master’s College in Biblical Counseling, and is currently a doctoral student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She is also a member of The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). She currently works at The Master’s College as a Faculty Associate and Office Coordinator for the Graduate Studies Program where she teaches Women Counseling Women, ACBC Workshop, Internship, and Advanced Internship. She also serves at Grace Community Church in Sunland, CA where she has the privilege of serving the woman in Women Walking Wisely.

Carl Hargrove

carl-hargroveWhile attending the University of Cincinnati on a football scholarship, the Lord revealed the true meaning of Christianity to Dr. Hargrove through the ministry of Athletes in Action. He completed a B.A. at Cincinnati and M.Div. and Th.M. degrees at The Master’s Seminary. Presently, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministries at TMS and is a BCDASoCal Board Member. Dr. Hargrove is an executive board member for T.E.A.R.S. Ministries (Dominican Republic and Haiti) and coordinates the Los Angeles Men’s Bible Conference, which attracts hundreds of men each year. He is a member of ACBC. Pastor Hargrove was ordained and sent out by Grace Community Church of Sun Valley. Dr. Hargrove pastored Westside Bible Church in Los Angeles (1993-2006) and Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood (2007-2014). He now works in leadership at the Grace Advance ministry at Grace Community Church. Dr. Hargrove’s life verse is 1 Chronicles 28:9, 10. He and his wife, Joanna, have five children.

Aliza Hawkins

Aliza Hawkins is Director of the Women Discipling Women Conference. She is a biblical counselor at Lighthouse Community Church in Torrance and is an ACBC certified counselor. Aliza holds a BA in Business and is a graduate student at the Master’s College, now her MABC thesis. She married James Hawkins in August 2012. The couple resides in Hermosa Beach, with their new son.

Wayne Johnston

Wayne Erick Johnston is the Director of Training Center Certification for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and President of the Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Association of Southern California. The purpose he pursues is to boldly exalt Jesus Christ in whatever circumstances God brings (Philippians 1.20-21). Wayne holds a BA in Bible (’85) and an MA in Biblical Counseling (’97), both from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California and co-authored “A Christian Growth and Discipleship Manual” with Dr. Wayne Mack in 2005.

Anthony Kidd

anthony kiddKidd is Co-Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in South Gate. He has served as a Professor at Los Angeles Bible Training School since 2000. Anthony was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After completing high school he attended Washington State University on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1990. He completed his Master’s of Divinity degree in 2001 at The Master’s Seminary. Anthony and his wife, Sherry, have five children: Jonathan Paul, Isaiah Andrew, Mikayla Rose, Julia Grace, and Timothy James. Anthony contributed a chapter to the book “Secret Sex War: A Battle Cry for Purity,” published by Moody Press. His passion for God’s glory, the preaching of His Word, and love for Christ’s Church is best summed up in Anthony’s life verse, “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord and to practice it and to teach his statutes and ordinances in Israel,” Ezra 7:10.

Kim Kira

kim-kiraPastor Kira (M.Div., The Master’s Seminary; M.A. Biblical Counseling, [in process] The Master’s College) is the primary teaching elder at Lighthouse Community Church. He loves being part of a church family that is committed to loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Kim is driven by a deep desire to encourage people to worship the true, Triune God of Scripture rather than the idols of the world. This, he believes, is made possible by the transformative power of the Gospel, the Good News that offers not only entrance into heaven but offers powerful and practical hope for change in everyday life. Beyond ministry, Kim loves to spend time with his wife Jen and their four children, Caleb, Josiah, Karissa, and Carson.

Scott Mehl

scott-mehlScott pastors at Cornerstone Church of West LA, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church where he was first a church-planter (2005) and then a church-merger (2011). His ministry focuses include preaching, teaching, counseling, and leadership facilitation and development. Scott’s wife (Lara) and their four kids find it a joy to call West LA their earthly home, and have a deep love for the diverse people of the city. Scott is also an adjunct faculty member at Eternity Bible College, a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and serves on the Board of Directors for Claris Health. Scott speaks regularly on topics related to biblical counseling and discipleship.

Lance Quinn

Lance served previously at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley from 1986-1996 as a staff pastor, as well as John MacArthur’s personal assistant. From 1996-2011, he was the pastor-teacher of The Bible Church of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Quinn is a Board Member of ACBC. He currently oversees Grace Advance, which seeks to provide pastoral leadership for developing churches. He also pastors the Joint Heirs fellowship group at Grace Community Church. Lance is a graduate of Arkansas State University, The Master’s Seminary (M.Div. and Th.M.), and the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He and his wife, Beth, have eight children.

Bobby Scott

Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Scott serves Community of Faith Bible Church as the Pastor of Discipleship. He is an alumnus of UCLA, and holds Th.M. and M.Div. degrees from The Master’s Seminary. Bobby served as Editor and Co-Author of “Secret Sex War: A Battle Cry for Purity” (Moody, 2008) and periodically blogs at “Truth in the City.” He cherishes his devoted wife, Naomi, and six children. It is his consuming desire to be used by God to strengthen the urban church, and he believes this objective will be best met by building families and developing a ministry upon the teaching of the Word of God. Bobby is a Professor at Los Angeles Bible Training School and has spoken on the radio program, “Family Life Today.”

Stuart Scott

stuart-scottProfessor of Biblical Counseling, The Master’s College, Santa Clarita, CA; Director of Membership Services, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Visiting Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY. Dr. Stuart Scott teaches in the graduate program of biblical counseling at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA.  He has over thirty-five years of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry. He is the membership director and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  Dr. Scott is an author as well and is married to his wife Zondra and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Robert Somerville

Dr. Somerville is a Fellow and serves as a Board Member of the Board of The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He previously served as a Pastor-Teacher in the Evangelical Free Church since for 35 years. Bob is a professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College. 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 there 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, and Japan. Dr. Somerville states that his wife Mary is a tremendous asset to his pastoral and counseling ministry. Bob and Mary have two children and seven grandchildren.

Mary L. Somerville

Mary and her husband Bob live in Valencia, California where they teach at The Master’s College. Formerly she was a pastor’s wife for many years and was on part-time staff with Young Life for 14 years, spearheading a ministry to teen mothers. She authored the book One with a Shepherd: The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage which has also been published in Russian and French. Mary holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and authored two chapters in the book “Women Helping Women.” She and Bob have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. Mary likes to travel and explore new places with her husband, especially while visiting their children in South Africa.

John Street

Dr. Street is a second-generation pastor who has served in teaching and pastoral ministry for 33 years. Dr. Street is a Fellow, Board Member and President of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He serves as the Chair of the graduate program in Biblical Counseling (MABC) at The Master’s College and teaches pastoral counseling classes at The Master’s Seminary (Pastoral Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling and Advanced Counseling). John is also a founding Board Member of BCDASoCal. He is a frequent conference speaker around the United States, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland (training classes, retreats, marriage and Bible conferences). John served as an assistant professor at Cedarville and Cornerstone Universities. He was the founding pastor of Clearcreek Chapel in Springboro, Ohio. He is a regular contributor to The Biblical Counselor and The Journal of Biblical Counseling, is an editor of The Journal of Modern Ministry, and member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Street is an elder at Grace Community Church. Dr. Street greatly appreciates his wife, Janie. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Ed Wilde

Ed is a pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, where he teaches a Biblical Counseling course he authored. He is a Board member of BCDASoCal and practiced law for many years. Ed describes his conversion as follows, “I was raised in the Christian church. I certainly thought of myself as a Christian. I, without question, knew the stakes of my decision. However, about the time I turned 18 and left for college, a combination of events caused me to gravely doubt everything I had ever been taught of Christianity. I rebelled at length and depth. I sought a means around Jesus, but found that none existed. Fortunately, God saw fit to humble me and grant me repentance. Since that time, he has steadily been gracious to change my life.” Ed has obtained a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA (1985) and a J.D. from USD (1989). He holds an MABC from The Master’s College. Ed and his wife, Kelley, have five children, Cassandra, Eddie, Phillip, Aubrey & Justin. His first son, Eddie, went to be with the Lord shortly before his first birthday.