All About Bob

Bob is a minister of the United Church of Christ who lives in La Grange Park, IL, Ordained, October 18, 1969 (Baker Community Church, UCC, in Baker, MT.), he has served churches in Texas, California; Montana; Iowa; and, Illinois.

He is merging his 50 years of professional experience with his training in psychotherapy.

Bob’s new pulpit is his daily posts on FaceBook, “Today’s Joy!” He writes on every subject under the sun from his ministerial and psychotherapeutic background.  His topics are light, serious, church, feeling, and everyday life. He invites Saturday’s “congregation” to post their joys in the space below.

His standing is in the Illinois Conference. He enjoys sitting in the pew after 45 years of serving local churches. Bob has joined his family at the Westchester Community Church, UCC, where he is a member of the Christian Education committee and a liturgist. He continues to be active in the Wider Church.

He was educated in the public schools in West Columbia, TX, and received his undergraduate degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. He was graduated with a Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, In Transactional Analysis, he trained with Jack Dusay, Denton Roberts, Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy (Gouldings), Morris & Natalie Haimowitz, and several others including Muriel James and George Barnett.

Bob is a Transactional Analysis Practitioner in the United States Transactional Analysis Association. He practices the modality of Re-Decision Therapy, a blend of Transactional Analysis and Gestalt developed by the late Robert L. Goulding, M.D., T.M.* and the late Mary McClure Goulding, MSW, T.M.*. Bob serves as the FaceBook editor on the Coordinating Council of USATAA.

Bob works at home from his couch. He shares a home with his wife, Elaine. His older son, Edward, is married to Kim and they live in Chicago. A younger son, Aaron, lives in Lisle, IL. He became a cancer survivor when doctors discovered a mass on his left kidney is 2016. The organ was removed and the mass contained the Stage One Renal Cell Carcinoma. The surgery contained cancer. He remains cancer-free with annual check-ups.

Bob believes his Call is to teach persons how to live joyfully as God has created each person to live. He is available to lead workshops on pastoral care which can be tailor-made for your church or your group. Also, he will preach on a Sunday morning at your church or speak to the church,  denominational, ecumenical or civic groups. He charges expenses and a small stipend. Contact Bob

  • bobhempel55@gmail.com.

*TM — Teaching Member — International  Transactional Analysis Association.

A TM  today is called a Teaching and Supervising Analyst.