Rich Thomson is a native of Whittier, California, where he was raised in a Christian home, the oldest of three sons. Each year, his grandparents would send him to Forest Home Christian Camp, and there at the age of twelve, he received the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. Not long after this, he sensed a call to the Gospel ministry – a conviction which grew as the years passed.
After he graduated from the University of Redlands in 1963, Rich attended Talbot Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree under the sound biblical teaching of such men as Dr. Charles Feinberg, Dr. Robert Thomas, and Dr. Jim Rosscup. Soon after graduation, while on part time staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, he met Bonnie Johnson, his future wife, at Arrowhead Springs during a six-week Institute for Biblical Studies conference. They were married in 1970. It was around this time that he also became familiar with the work of Dr. Henry Brandt and became convinced of the sufficiency of Scripture in addressing the inner problems of the human heart.
For his first five years of pastoral ministry, Rich served as an associate pastor in West Virginia and as a pastor in California, where he experienced a deep depression. As he recovered, the Lord enabled him to understand from the Scripture alone a Biblical Framework of the inner workings of the human heart which could diagnose and treat the root cause of not only his own depression, but also of nearly all the human mental disorders.
For the next 23 years, he studied, thought through, and taught this Biblical Framework and began to write the first edition of the textbook/reference work The Heart of Man and the Mental Disorders – How the Word of God is Sufficient. Now, after 45+ years, and because of its biblical soundness, depth, and comprehensiveness, the two-volume, Third Expanded Edition of this work is being used in Christian colleges, seminaries, churches, and organizations in their biblical counseling courses.
Rich and his wife of 52 years, Bonnie, have 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and live near their families in Colorado.