This Issue’s Authors

Jody McCoy (“Confronted by Grace,” p. 4) grew up in the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Conroe, TX, attended Spring Vale Academy for three years, and graduated from Texas A&M in 1986 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Advanced Micro Devices for 25 years and left AMD in 2011 to do full-time research in religion, science, and philosophy. In 2015 Jody accepted the position as executive director of the Church of God (Seventh Day). He lives in Austin, TX.

Alma Barkman (“Grace Verses Law,” p. 7) has authored nine inspirational books, including Peeking Through the Knothole, Everyday Moments with God, and Two Old Goats and One Good Shepherd. She was also a contributing writer for Daily Guideposts and has had numerous articles and poems published in a wide variety of Christian and secular publications. You can find the three books listed here on her website ( Alma lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Hector M. Alvarenga (“The Atonement,” p. 8) is pastor of the Church of God (Seventh Day ) – Houston Avenue in Houston, TX. After God, he considers his family as his strength in the pastoral ministry: wife Leticia and three children, Hector L, Gerson, and Norma. Currently, Hector dedicates himself to the ministry of the Church. His passion is to write biblical compendia, and his favorite hobby is playing guitar.

Dorothy Nimchuk (“Blood-Washed Genes,” p. 10) has a life-long love of writing. She has written intermediate Sabbath school lessons (current curriculum), stories for her grandchildren, and articles. She has self-published six books, proofread BAP copy while her husband Nick attended Midwest Bible College, served as Central District secretary-treasurer and as NAWM committee representative for the Western Canada District women. Dorothy edited WAND (Women’s Association News Digest), Ladies Link (Western Canadian District women), and currently co-edits Afterglow, a newsletter for seniors. She assisted her husband, Nick, in ministry for thirty-four years prior to his retirement in 2002. The Nimchuks live in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Yvonne Kays (“Transformation,” p. 12) writes inspirational short story and poetry and co-facilitates Writing from the Heart, a Christian writing support group that meets monthly. Since retiring from substance abuse prevention work in 2010, she has been published in LIVE, God’s Word for Today, The Plus Years, The Christian Journal, Chicken Soup anthologies, and James Stuart Bell’s book, Encountering Jesus. Yvonne is married and lives in Bend, OR.

Cathy Mogus (“I Was Wrong,” p. 14) has been a freelance writer for over 35 years and has been published in numerous Christian publications, including Guideposts, Live, Purpose, Mature Years, and Secret Place. Cathy has also been published twice in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her book Dare to Dance Again: Steps from the Psalms When Life Trips You Up (2011) was shortlisted for a national award with the Canadian Word Guild in June 2012 (Devotional/Inspirational division). Cathy is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries throughout western Canada and the northwest US and speaks in churches for outreach events. She lives in Richmond, British Columbia.

James Sale (“Could I But,” p. 17) is a speaker, writer, and thought leader in new strategies for management. His work has appeared in a variety of publications in the United Kingdom. In the US, his work has appeared in Anglo Theological Review and Ancient Paths Literary Magazine. James won first prize in the Society of Classical Poets annual 2017 poetry competition and, as a result, was re-published in New York’s Epoch Times. He lives in Queens Park, Bournemouth in the UK.

Israel Steinmetz (“A Leader Named Joe,” p. 18) is dean of Academic Affairs for LifeSpring School of Ministry. In addition to teaching, Israel loves to write. He is co-author (with Whaid Rose) of Getting a Handle on Worship, contributing editor to This We Believe: Teachings of the Church of God (Seventh Day), and a regular contributor to the Bible Advocate and Committed to lifelong learning, Israel is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in San Antonio, TX, with his wife, Anna, and their seven young children.

Mike Wallace, CLU ChFC FSS (“Three Loves,” p. 20) writes from Florence, MT, and has been an insurance agent and financial advisor for over 31 years. During this time he and Bonnie, his wife of 38 years, have enjoyed the beauty of Montana and the thrill of raising their five children. Mike reenacted Lewis and Clark history and helped to discover the Travelers Rest site in Lolo, MT. All five of their children have reenacted Lewis and Clark history. As a family they participated in 4H for 20 years and Mike was a 4H leader for 17 of those years. Now “empty nesters,” Mike and Bonnie enjoy spending time hiking around the abundant trails of Montana. They “attend” the Colorado Springs CoG7 via u-stream every Sabbath.

Shadia Hrichi (“The World Isn’t Looking for Justice,” p. 22) is an author and speaker passionate for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She is the author of Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion and Nameless No More, and a new Bible study called Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me is scheduled for release by Leafwood Publishers in October 2017. Shadia holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as an MA in Criminal Justice and BA in Psychology. She serves on the board of directors for RealOptions Pregnancy Centers and is often invited to speak at events and on radio programs. Shadia lives in San Jose, CA. To learn more about her, visit

John Lemley (“Grace Alone,” p. 24) was a teenager in 1966 when his family learned of the Church of God (Seventh Day). He is a 1970 graduate of Midwest Bible College and has served as pastor in Tacoma and Walla Walla, WA; Stanberry, MO; and Stony Plain, Alberta. He and his wife, Lois, live in Vancouver, WA, and have four grown children. They attend the CoG7 in Kalama, WA, with their daughter, Sarah Whitney, and her family.