Stuff About Me

My name is Bob Munson, and my wife Celia and I are missionaries with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, and serve in Baguio City, Philippines. We have been here since 2004. Our missions family blog is Organizationally:

1.  We helped co-found Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center back in 2009. We are focused on training in areas of pastoral care, crisis care, CPE, and chaplaincy training. Additionally, Celia and I teach Missionary Member Care, and provide counseling in this area with those involved in missions (particularly Filipinos involved in cross-cultural missions).  We also periodically are heavily involved in Disaster Response, particularly with regards to training and traumatic stress defusing.  Feel Free to Click Here:  Bukal Life Care

2.  We cofounded CPSP-Philippines, a certification/accreditation board for pastoral counseling, clinical chaplaincy, and CPE. That was in 2012 and we are still moving forward with it. We also cofounded DPDM, a medical mission group here in the Philippines. We were with them from 2005 to 2009.

Beyond that, I teach Cultural Anthropology and  Missions at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, and Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. My big interest is Contextual Theology (particularly CT that is Biblically-grounded. However, I like to know a little about everything (and, I guess, a lot about nothing). I got my Doctor of Theology– Practical Ministry in 2012, at Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary.  .

I have written a couple of books, with three more presently in process. a short book that is based on that, as well as some other writings… you can check the MY BOOKS page on this blogsite..

 We have three children, and presently work with Bukal Life Care,Inc.  Celia is Training Coordinator at Bukal Life, and is a CPE Supervisor-in-Training. She is also a trainer in Disaster Response Crisis Counseling, and regularly does pastoral counseling.

Munson Family Card 2014 a


5 thoughts on “Stuff About Me

  1. Hey Bob, I was encouraged to find your blog. I have spent many hours thinking and processing with friends about the role of counseling and missions and how the two go together. A friend and myself have been wrestling with whether to pursue a Masters in Counseling before seeking to work in that area overseas. I am about 10 credits shy of a Masters in Pastoral Studies and have been hesitant to start another Masters program before going overseas. Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated. Blessings. Brett Baker

    • I would love to sound like an expert, but I can’t because I am not. I would say that it would be good to get as much training as you can in cross-cultural counseling (and x-cultural communication). Some axioms in “Western” psychology don’t apply in other cultures. Western counseling disapproves of triangulation, but it is simply an unavoidable reality in others. Direct language is considered best in the West, but comfort in indirect communication is necessary in many parts of the world. Additionally, the Individual is assumed to be the most important social unit (with corresponding importance for individuality and individual freedom) in the West. Yet in many parts of the world this basic premise is challenged. The goal of cross-cultural counseling is NOT to get other cultures to think as Americans. I wish you well in your studies and calling.

  2. I had the opportunity to spend the summer working with IMB in the Philippines this last summer and I fell in love with the people there. Keep letting God use you! and keep posting. Blogs like this are such an encouragement. Reading about advancements in the Kingdom of God always makes my day brighter.

    • Thanks. And I am glad you enjoyed your time here. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Looking at your blog, it sounds like you were involved in Nehemiah Teams. That is a great organization and I am very happy that the IMB has kept that program alive here in the PI.

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