Below are testimonials for our work. The purpose of having the testimonials on this page of our website is for people to be able to read about what God has done in the lives of people and churches through the ministry of Dr. Terry Coomer and Hope Biblical Counseling Center. We are thankful for these people who have written testimonials and have been involved in our ministry. They have received hope, help, encouragement, and Biblical long-term change in their lives from God and the ministry of Hope Biblical Counseling Center. You are welcome to read these testimonials. May the Lord encourage you as you read them. Please do not download, copy, or print the testimonials without written permission of Hope Biblical Center. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following testimonials are since March 2020.
Hi Brother Coomer,
I want to just say thank you so much for the Hope Biblical Counseling Conference. It has helped me in my own personal walk with the Lord and as a pastor. I have a revived hope for the church in its pursuit of joy and peace in the God of hope. Romans 15:13, Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. My wife and I just finished putting together My Daily Time With God books that I believe will change the lives of our church members. Thanks to your God given wisdom and heart to teach others.
Dr. Coomer and Kim,
I would like to thank you both for showing me how to have a real relationship with God, and how to be a thankful person. Being 23 years old spiritually today, I can’t help but look back with tears at the years that I spent in despair and being unthankful and in anxiety. My spiritual birthday means so much more now. It is not just that I don’t have to go to hell, but that I have fellowship with God right now. It is amazing to me to look back and remember the deep pit I was in, believing God nor anyone else cared, and right at the time God sent y’all into my life. God used y’all to show me that yes, He does care. Now I know that He cares, and I am so grateful that He is teaching me day by day. When thinking about my salvation today, I am eternally grateful for both of you showing me there is so much more in God. This year looking back on getting saved, I have to look back to the counseling and say thank you God for what a different person I am now. Thank you for believing that I could change, and for loving me through those hard moments when I wasn’t sure I could. God still takes me back to some of those conversations and I still here hear Dr. Coomer say “Now Focus” at impact moments. Sorry that it is so long, but I just wanted y’all to know that today I am thanking God for saving me, and giving me a home in Heaven, but I am also thanking Him for the both of you. I love y’all so much.
Hello Brother and Mrs. Coomer,
I just want to say that I am so thankful to God for everything he did these last several months and then in the last week at the Hope Biblical Counseling Center National Biblical Counseling Training Conference in Omaha! I think about everything that has happened since April and I cannot actually even describe to people how we see Gods fingerprints all over it down to the DAY several times throughout it. I see God, his incredible guidance, timing, love, majesty all over everything that has happened. We were never discipled and never taught how to disciple. This counseling, or intense discipleship, was exactly what we needed at the exact time we needed it. I did not even know I needed it; I did not even know this way of living was a thing. I have been saved for 17 years next month and I have lived mostly in the power of the flesh and self-reliance. When stressful situations came, I did not even know how to handle it. I just fretted and ran all over the countryside in my thoughts. I could not fathom how to go on from our situation and be okay. Things were falling apart on the home front with discouragement raging through. God knew what we needed, when we needed it and how we needed it and from whom we needed to hear it. Reading my Bible daily is a joy, I have things I think about all day now, I have more prayer time, more conviction time, more time to praise God since I am not consumed in other things. The thing I am even more thankful for has been the change in my kids. My daughter wanted to come, but my boys did not. They were not looking forward to homework and preaching all day. But they came. The first day I could tell they were battling attitudes. But by the end of it they both individually at separate times said they were so glad they came. Everyone needs to hear this teaching. It was helpful and they actually liked the homework! Lol! Our daughter was so helped during it as well, and she has been growing and doing so well through everything she has been through. She is a godly young lady, and I cannot wait to see what God has for her. I cannot wait to see how He grows my boys into men through everything we are learning. I have noticed attitude changes and even what they say and how they say it. I have heard them repeat things we heard there. And doing their devotions this week properly and not just reading to get it done. My husband has no preacher friends. Often when we have went through things, he has said I have no one, who do I call? I am so thankful that we have you, and other men we met this week that can be a friend and counselor to him. I have felt so bad for him, and he had several men ask to keep in contact and that makes me so happy that people loved on him this week. My kids need godly friends, we have no young people but our kids and their cousins in our church. I am thankful people were kind to them, encouraged them, loved them, talked to them, just were real and honest and loving with them. They needed that. Everything we have struggled with God encouraged us in this week. Everything. I cannot tell you all, but the private things you struggle with or go through or think and God just put everything to rest and peace and comfort. I want to SHOUT from the rooftops all the changes and things God did this week! I am still in awe! I am so thankful! I pray we will always be friends. I love Ms. Kim so much; she is so funny and kind! And we both love rocks lol! Thank you for encouraging us to come. It was funny all week prior we had talked about how we were not going to know anyone there and Daniel said it would be crazy if he knew anyone. First thing a pastor’s wife I was speaking with mentioned her sister who goes to a church in Michigan, and it is the church my husband was actually saved at, and she has visited there it is a small world! Then I look over at lunch the first day and immediately I am like I know these people! The people from Ukraine came to our church in 2006 or so in Michigan and presented his work and we had his prayer card on our fridge for YEARS. I told my husband we knew him, and he said, “That is who I was called to preach under!!!” And he happened to meet us again, in Nebraska, at a conference we would not have even known about, 17 years later! It was an encouragement for my husband to speak to him. It was such a God thing to do… we did not think we would know anyone, and it was encouraging to see him! Thank you for everything. Honestly from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you. I am so thankful and shocked and in awe and I do not know how to convey to others how I feel inside. There is not a way to describe it after the year of agony and bitterness and sadness and hopelessness we went through. Thank you so much. You helped us change our lives by showing us how to follow Christ and I am eternally grateful. Thank you thank you thank you!
We love you,
Pastor’s wife, Ohio
Dear Dr. Coomer and Kim,
I want to thank you for your counseling ministry. I have been through the world’s counseling program as a child and an adult. Shortly after I was saved, I remember going to the doctor thinking I was having an asthma attack to find out that it was a panic attack instead. He offered to put me on medication. I remember turning to you and Kim and asking for help because I knew that the Bible had the answers to change my life. Thank you for helping me turn my anger, my hurt, and my bitterness from my childhood and my abuse of marriage over to the Lord. Thank you for showing me how to be a Spirit Controlled person and how to have a real relationship with God. It has changed my life totally. Today I have great peace and joy in my life. Thank you both for your time and how you helped me. I love you both!
Earlier this year our life was in a mess. We were pastoring and attempting to raise teenage children without much success. We were 8 years into pastoring and unable to help anybody like we wanted to or thought we should be able to with the Scripture. Our youngest teenage son was in a bad way, emotion led, and our oldest teenage son was the same in a different way. When the Lord brought you and Hope Biblical Counseling Center into our lives, we learned that we were also emotionally led and was the source of our children’s problems as well (aside from sin nature, of course). Both of us independently were ready to give up and probably leave the ministry and Christianity altogether. Praise the Lord, through your teaching us, Dr. Coomer, what God says about having a real relationship with Him and learning to be Spirit controlled people, we have come a long way. We have been able to see others helped simply through the change in our lives, and the way we teach about God. Our children have been helped in wondrous ways. We are thankful to learn that we must submit to God every day, and how to do that, and we are very thankful for your ministry.
Pastor and wife
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Coomer,
The Lord impressed it on my heart to email you today and let you know that your ministry has been such a blessing to me and my family and extended family. We have been able to share some of the material we have from you with others that needed it as well. I have prayed this morning that the Lord will give you both a special blessing and encouragement today. My husband and I, have 2 young children now and we have been putting into practice the things we have learned from God’s Word through your ministry. I am currently reading the book about Rearing Spiritual Children to Serve the Saviour and it has been such a tremendous blessing to me. There have been areas I needed to change in order to properly convey it to our children. I am thanking God for your ministry and pray that He will continue to strengthen you and bless it. Thank you so much for your work!
In Christian Love,
Dr. Coomer and Kim,
Thank you again for the priceless gift of yours and Kim’s time and for all great truths you taught me from God’s Word. Very eye opening and life changing. I am also so thankful for all the messages on your website as I have been listening to at least one a day. Helps my mind focus and like you said, keeps my mind moving forward in the right direction. I am excited to continue to grow and see what God will do in my life as I yield to Him. I am praying for you both. Thanks again for your encouragement and help and prayers.
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Coomer,
Two years ago, when I was twenty-one, the Lord answered a prayer that has forever changed my life and proven to me that God is real. At the time, I was attending a Bible college and trying to do everything in my power to prove to others, myself, and God that I was a real Christian. So, when a preacher in chapel challenged us to spend an hour with God every day for thirty days, I (along with some friends) jumped on the opportunity. After having felt empty, frustrated, and bitter on the inside for a long time, I was hoping that engaging in this challenge would somehow magically make my life better. So, I got up on the first day, sat in my chair, opened the Bible and…just sat there. I genuinely had no idea what to do. Was I to pray for an hour? Did I need to read the Bible for an hour? If I am to read for an hour, where in the world should I read? And what do I even pray about? This discouraged me even further because I realized I was far from the Lord and not the spiritual girl I was trying to convince everyone I was. But I have grown up in church, I would say. My home was a pastor’s home. At the age of thirteen, I accepted Christ as my Savior. In college, I was known as one of the more spiritual girls because I kept all the rules, witnessed to all the people, and did all the things Christians are supposed to do. Yet I had no real joy on the inside – just a bubbly personality on the outside. And I had no idea how to have real fellowship with God. For about a week, I sat every day for an hour “reading” my Bible and getting nowhere. Finally, I stopped even reading for the hour and started praying and begging God to do something. I had grown so discouraged and angry about things in my life that I was about to walk out on God, Christianity, my family – everything. Thinking about this next part makes me ashamed that I spoke this way to my Lord, but my prayer was basically this: “If you do not show me how to walk with you and show me that you are real and that you care about me, I am done. I will not speak your name again. If you do not teach me how to genuinely live for you this summer, I am going to walk away and say that you are not real.” And this was something I would pray for every day. On the inside, I was in turmoil; on the outside, I continued to pretend I was the same good, Christian girl, lest someone think poorly of me. I did not share these thoughts and feelings with anyone in my family or with any of my close friends. Little did I know that my parents were seeking help and truth at the same time I was. My dad was trying to find a counselor for my brother, who was struggling at the time, and found Dr. Coomer about halfway through my “30-day challenge.” Through the counsel and guidance of Dr. Coomer and Kim, my parents learned how to truly have a real, intimate, and passionate relationship with God. As they learned, they taught me and gave me the tools to do the same. The Lord answered my prayer that summer and showed me that He truly cares about me and loves me. He wants to have real fellowship with me. Since He answered this prayer, I have never doubted His love for me and have learned how to walk with Him and be submitted to His Spirit. I no longer must live defeated, discouraged, and confused; but I can walk confidently in Him. No longer do I care about proving to anyone how great a Christian I might be; I just want to be in fellowship with my Savior and Creator and be the person He wants me to be. If you are discouraged and hopeless today, realize that God does love and care about you and wants a relationship with you. You can go to Him and find peace, joy, and rest if you will submit everything to Him. Let His love and power become real in your life, and you will never be the same. Thank you for all your help for me.
Thank you for taking the time to counsel my wife and me. We both have learned a lot and appreciate the time and wisdom you shared with both of us. Even though we were both raised in church most of our lives, we never we never really understood the importance of having a personal, real, daily time with God and a close relationship and intimate relationship with God. Sure, we have heard lots of sermons on it, and have been under good preaching. But never really understood the importance of a strong spiritual foundation that a personal, real relationship with God can make. I know I really learned the importance of walking in the Spirit and asking God questions. Ask God what He wants me to do, be and have. We realize how important it is to teach our children how they must have a personal walk with God and that is the foundation for their entire life. It is not enough for our children to get saved and attend a good church, they can fall into any sin and ruin their entire lives or turn from God if they do not have a real relationship with them. So, thank you for teaching us that and for the many other areas we have learned and grown in. How practical walking in the spirit can be to everyday life we are both glad we took your course and made the time in our schedules to do all the homework. Please continue to pray for us as we seek God’s wisdom in our marriage and in raising our girls for Christ.
Dear Dr. Coomer and Kim,
I have reached home safely from my trip to Japan. Thank God that He has kept me safe and calm. When I feel my anxiety rising, I would use the tools you shared, by stopping, calling upon God and asking the Holy Spirit to give me His peace, and to praise and thank Him. It works! Thank you for teaching me this spiritual truth. I managed to share my testimony with my friend and how I have been blessed and helped through His Word and your teaching of God’s Word to me. I will continue to pray for her that she will turn to Christ. Listening to your sermons on this trip also helped to focus and not be distracted. Please let me know how I can pray for you and your ministry.
Thank you very much for all the teaching and help you have been to me from the Hope Biblical Counseling program. I do feel like I have unlocked some keys to my spiritual life and understand now much better how to have a real, intimate, personal, and passionate relationship with God. I will continue in what I have learned, and I have already been sharing with others some of the key things to help them in their journey as well. We hope to see you at a conference one of these days. Take care and may the Lord bless you and your wife as you continue to serve him.
Young married man
Let me say that I have been both helped and encouraged through your ministry through Hope Biblical Counseling Center. I now know how to have a real relationship with God. As well, my daily time with God has grown by leaps and bounds. I will continue in the same format. I see that I am more capable to turn over an ungodly thought to God, praise Him and thank Him. Being able to do that makes all the difference in my walk in the Spirit. You told me that the man taking my place is a doctor, I pray for both you and him. Well, I could just go on and on here, but I will just say thank you so much for your time and effort.
God bless you,
Older married man
Dear Dr Coomer,
I just wanted to thank you so much for your ministry. God has used your teaching and sermons to get my son back in my life and now I know he is saved, and I am teaching him how to have a real relationship with God. I cannot tell you how much asking God questions has transformed my life. A little over a year ago you came to our church, and I met you and your wife. I was saved almost 10 years ago at age 31 but was addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs and smoking when I got saved so I was very damaged. A year after God saved me, He brought me to my current church where God used the program here to destroy the addiction in my life. I have been sober ever since, however my son decided to live with his dad 2.5 years ago at the age of 12. His dad is not a Christian and I had full custody of him until he was 12 and we were always in church, and I had him in Christian school. I was so hurt and depressed when I lost my son that I could hardly function. The hurt was destroying everything in my life, including my once very close walk with God. When you came to my church I was absolutely shocked at your teaching. I knew it was all Biblical because my pastors have very high standards, but I had never heard such amazing teaching on a CLOSE, PERSONAl, REAL walk with God where I can ask questions and if my heart is clean, I will get clear direction from the LORD.
I continued to watch your sermons on Your Tube after you left and bought all your books and changed the way I did devotions. The pain and hurt in my life was so intense that it did take a while for GOD to get through to me and help me see I need to stop letting hurt control me, but last December God really got through to me. After my heart was cleared of all the hurt, He said to go get my son. He clearly told me to pick my son up from school every day and show him how much I love him and even though he lives only 2 minutes from his school I should tell him I just want whatever time I can have with him. So, every day I would do this and pretty soon my son was opening up to me.
I was so filled with joy just seeing my sweet son for those short moments every day! Before I knew it, he texted me that he was scared because of the rapture, and I asked if he was saved, and he said he did not think so (he had a profession from when he was 10). I prayed and gave him information on how to get saved and the next day he said he got saved and we talked about repentance (which was missing before). Then he actually wanted to go to church with me! He was not in church because he never really came to my house over the last couple years. He said he wanted to go to church as a saved person. 🙂
God told me to go get my son’s heart back in December and at the end of February he said he wanted to live with me 50%. Since March 1 he has consistently been with me every other week and our morning devotions include me teaching him how to have a real relationship with God. He is 14 now and excited about following the Spirit instead of his flesh. I realize before I never really explained things to him, I just expected him to obey me. Your book on Rearing Spiritual Children to Serve the Saviour, talks about explaining from the Bible why he needs to understand the things we are supposed to do with our children. Now he will actually talk to me, and I actually listen to him so we can figure things out with God’s Word together. God has shown me so many things and I am just praising God that I got a hold of your book before it was too late. My son really loves God and enjoys our devotion time together – it is miraculous.
I just praise God for your books, sermons, and ministry. He used you to get through my intense hurt and then get my son’s heart back and now we are both learning to have a real relationship with God together. Only God could have brought all these things together to get my son’s heart back and He used your ministry to do it. Your teaching has God’s answer to why we are losing our children today. It is all about a real, intimate, personal and passionate relationship with Jesus, submitting myself to God, and if Christian’s do not have that we make a disaster of our lives and our family’s lives. I am just so thankful for your ministry and want you to know I am praying for you and your family and all the people you are helping.
Love in Christ,
Dear Dr. Coomer,
I am pastor’s wife in Massachusetts. I called you over a year ago to ask your guidance in how I should help a lady who had started attending our church. She had been through some traumatic events and was dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar which had come on her a few years before we met her. My husband and I met with her and counseled with her several times and then I began to meet with her weekly. During my talk with you over the phone, you helped me know how to proceed with her. One statement you made that I found especially helpful was “Counseling is just intense discipleship.”
It’s been a lot of months of earnest prayer and intense times, but the change in her today is amazing. She still can struggle with what we term her “down” time, but even that looks nothing like it used to. She has made tremendous strides in taking her thoughts captive. No longer does she regularly doubt her own salvation. Her countenance is so different and bright. It’s hard to express the changes, but those that see and know her are praising the Lord for the different person she is becoming. My husband and I know it is the Lord’s doing. There were many days that I cried out to God for help because I certainly didn’t know what to do. And God answered EVERY time.
Your books and your messages were such a blessing throughout this journey. I wanted to stop and say thank you. What you have spoken and written has completely changed the way I think of ministry and made me very aware of the incredible importance of my own personal walk with the Lord. The Lord has brought me into contact with another lady who also has been diagnosed with bipolar. I’ve learned from you that I need to ask God questions in my daily life and in ministry so I’m asking Him to lead me in every interaction I have with her. Because I know that if she finds freedom, it will be because she submits to the Lord and learns to live a Spirit-filled life. God bless you for your ministry. It has made a great impact here in Massachusetts.
Pastor’s wife in Massachusetts
I have attended three Hope Biblical Counseling Conferences. The first one, I heard Dr. Coomer say a really life-changing statement: “The essence of the Christian life is to ASK GOD questions.” Wow! A totally different way to handle life issues that I never knew before. The conference helped me deal with my own issues and marital issues with my wife (my anger and pride – the biggest) Biblically. I learned that Biblical counselling is really intense Biblical discipleship – applying Biblical principles to your life, right at the moment of impact. The conferences helped me to first deal with my issues and then also to see other’s issues in the light of Scripture. The biggest thing to get first (that I already had started prior to the conference through Dr. Coomer’s writings) is to have a REAL relationship with God. Nothing else will change in your life without this, nothing. One key thing brought out was to let God take control of the situation and my dark side by turning it over to Him! I realized that anger has no place in my life as a Christian and how to make change in that lust area as well as other areas in my life. To be controlled by the Holy Spirit at the point of impact and not try to DO the Christian life in my own power but have God’s power in my life by being a submitted, Spirit-controlled person. I really thank the Lord for what I learned in the conferences and Dr. Coomer’s teaching. They were a real turning point in my life.
For many years I was in the dark cloud of a spiritually crippling depression. I went to church and read my Bible regularly, but God was never real to me and therefore I constantly doubted my salvation. Then one night God brought Dr Coomer to my church, and he preached a message about hope. God spoke to my heart and I learned that I had lost hope, and that that was fueling my depression. After a few months of debating within myself, I decided to sign up for Hope Biblical Counseling program. God used my sessions with Dr Coomer to show me how to have a real relationship with Him. Now I have the spiritual tools and understanding on how to have fellowship with God and walk in the Spirit. God has since allowed me to use this in my family to encourage them and show them how to have a real relationship with God. Praise God that I no longer have to live a wasted life full of misery and shame.
Dear Dr. Coomer and Kim,
Only yesterday the Lord gave me the opportunity to share about your ministry with a Christian Mum with small children. I shared with her how much I was learning. She was really keen to have some of your books. So I am going to post some to her. It was so wonderful and exciting to encourage someone who needed encouraging in their walk with the Lord and to have your spiritual tools to offer to someone. I am still and always will be so truly grateful to both of you. I thank the Lord for you both and for your love and dedication to the Lord. Praying for you both and for your counselees. Love you both very much.
Dear Dr. Coomer,
I was in desperate need of God’s help with my anger issues, and I thank you for your ministry. I have watched some of your videos on you tube and it has been mind blowing. I have too much emotional baggage that unknowingly are creeping into my motherhood journey and affecting my relationship with my husband. I know that I need God’s help to overcome my flesh and your approach is so very practical. It is the first time I have encountered this way of exposition of God’s Word. I just pray that I would truly apply these Biblical truths in my life and be totally transformed into Christ-like character that God wants me to have for my family. I am so excited as I have read your books. They have been a great encouragement to me. I am so thankful for your gift of encouragement through your weekly article. I got my first article and God’s timing is perfect as we celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary tomorrow. I will surely share this article with my husband. We have a long way to go, and I am very thankful to have found your ministry and your counsel.
United Arab Emirates
Hi Pastor and Mrs. Coomer,
Just wanted to let you know that last Saturday I got engaged to the young man! I said yes and I do not regret it. Thank you so much for helping me out with counseling earlier this year. It made a world of difference in my life, and in my fiancée’s life too now that he has a fiancée who is not emotion led and who has a relationship with God. Thanks so much!
Hello Dr. and Mrs. Coomer,
I want to thank you so much for the Biblical Counseling this past year. I was lost and now I am saved! My life is totally changed now! I was so afraid before and thinking life was not worth living. I got baptized and I now know how to have a real, intimate, personal, and passionate relationship with God and now I understand what it means to be a Spirit controlled person. My mom and dad also thank you! I love you guys!
Dr. and Mrs. Coomer,
As you know our marriage was in a total mess. I honestly did not think our marriage was savable. You showed us how to Biblically change our lives! We cannot thank you enough. Learning how to be a Spirit Controlled person and having a real relationship with God has changed our home, marriage, and children. Thank you so much for your help! We could not have done it without you! We love you both!
Hello Dr. Coomer and Kim,
When my husband left our marriage and was involved with another woman, I did not know what to do. I wanted to die. You helped me see that I needed to get emotionally free and to develop my relationship with God. Kim helped me so much during this time. You both were a stabilizing influence in my life. I cannot thank you enough for being there for me and helping me. God has helped me so much with my relationship with Him which I did not have before. I have been able to make so much change in my life through your help. Thank you, I will always be eternally grateful.
Dear Dr. Coomer and Kim,
We are now faithful in doing our devotions each day. We both needed the extra encouragement that you gave us in keeping both of us accountable to get this done. It is now pretty automatic, and we both need this every day. We also listen to some of your teachings, some which we have heard already. It is important to keep in our minds the deceptions of the devil and how vulnerable we are. The tools necessary for this emotional battle we face daily. Thanks be to GOD for HIS truth and salvation. My husband mentioned how much we forget and don’t realize until we listen to the teaching a second or third time. We remain open to any suggestions you might have for us as we continue in developing a personal intimate relationship with GOD. We have shared your site with many and encourage others to go there for the very valuable help in our spiritual living. Love to you both and thanks for all you helped us with.
Couple, 80 and 81 years old