Senior Editorial Advisors

Frank Sommerville

Frank Sommerville is an attorney who served for about 30 years at 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.

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Overseas Missions

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