Senior Editorial Advisor

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in business from Texas Wesleyan University. He received his master’s degree in professional accounting with an emphasis on taxation from the University of Texas at Arlington. His law degree is from the University of Houston Law Center.

Frank holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV (highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Frank brings more than thirty years of experience to bear in all his representations. Frank has served nonprofit institutions of all sizes as a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, tax advisor and advocate, litigator, and legal advisor. He has represented many nonprofit organizations before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He also has represented nonprofit organizations under examination by the Texas attorney general.

Frank has presented seminars on nonprofit taxation since 1981. Due to his significant contributions to the church administration profession, Frank was inducted into The Church Network’s "Hall of Fame" in 2003. He contributed to PPC’s Nonprofit Tax & Governance Guide: Helping Organizations Comply (Thomson Reuters, 2011), and also served on the Panel of Legal Experts in 2011 to assist Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s Commission for Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.

Frank became an Editorial Advisor for Church Law & Tax in 2009, and a Senior Editorial Advisor in 2020.

He is married to Elaine Sommerville, and they reside in Grand Prairie, Texas. Frank and Elaine have three daughters, one son, three sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. They are longtime members of Gospel Lighthouse Church in Dallas.

Recent Articles by Frank Sommerville

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Q&A: How do we handle payroll and benefits for an employee with dual roles?
Church Finance Today

Q&A: How do we handle payroll and benefits for an employee with dual roles? Member access only

When nonexempt employees split their time between the two parts, overtime can occur.
Is the Parking Lot Tax in Your Future?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Is the Parking Lot Tax in Your Future? Member access only

Use this four-step analysis to get the answer.
Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: How Should Churches Respond to Threatening Messages?

What steps can be taken when a church receives various kinds of threats.
Q&A: What Should We Do with Old, Uncleared Checks?
Church Finance Today

Q&A: What Should We Do with Old, Uncleared Checks? Member access only

Clean up the books the right way.
Q&A: Gun Laws and Church Security
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Gun Laws and Church Security Member access only

How churches can know the laws in place and make a plan to protect their congregations.
Q&A: Can We Give an Honorarium to a Visiting Missionary?
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Can We Give an Honorarium to a Visiting Missionary? Member access only

Why purpose, amounts, and the right visa make a world of difference.
Monetary Gifts for Pastors Who Leave
Church Finance Today

Monetary Gifts for Pastors Who Leave Member access only

Churches must follow special rules when it comes to monetary gifts.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church

Preventing a Violent Incident at Your Church Member access only

Learn about preparing for an active shooter, conceal carry weapons laws, and the role of security guards.
Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church

Confronting Peer Abuse in Your Church  Member access only

Learn how to watch and protect the children under your care from peer abuse at church.