John Lemley (“Church Alone?” p. 4) 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.
Lettie Siddens (“How Good and Pleasant,” p. 7) has special memories of the Bible Advocate. Her father worked several years in the Church of God publishing house before she was born, and again when she was a teenager. Lettie treasured the Sabbath School Missionary and Young People’s Friend, and she had things published in the Missionary. She lives in Marceline, MO.
Roger Palms (“I Worship My Way,” p. 8) is former editor of Decision magazine. He has published hundreds of articles and fifteen books. Roger lives in Fort Myers, FL.
Hector M. Alvarenga (“Church as Communion,” p. 10) is pastor of CoG7 – 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.
Gordon Grose, Ph. D. (“Discipling the Mentally Ill,” p. 12) is the author of Tragedy Transformed: How Job’s Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours (BelieversPress, 2015). His article “Spirit-Filled Marriage” appeared in the May-June 2012 issue of the BA. Dr. Grose lives in West Linn, OR.
Dorothy Nimchuk (“A Vibrant Church,” p. 14) has enjoyed writing all her life. She’s 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.
Robert L. Kinast, Ph.D. (“Sea Path,” p. 17) earned a doctorate in theology and has taught, published, and consulted in the field of practical theology. He has authored ten books, more than fifty articles, and scores of book reviews. In addition to his professional theological writing, Dr. Kinast is a poet and playwright whose work has been performed in Florida, Missouri, and New York. He lives in Sarasota, FL.
Caitlin (Stacy) Meadows (“Small Talk,” p. 18) writes her blog “Sanctified and Surrendered,” featuring reflective pieces on life and faith. Shortly after finishing her education, she moved from her lifelong home in Lodi, CA, to west Michigan. She married her (amazingly supportive) husband, Adam, in the spring of 2013 and has been thoroughly enjoying life with him ever since! Caitlin and Adam live in Hudsonville, MI.
Claudean Boatman (“Faith at the Crossroads,” p. 20) has had articles and devotions published in such publications as Quiet Hour, Today’s Christian Woman, Power for Living, Rocky Mountain Baptist, and On Mission. Her writing has also appeared in A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Women and Penetrating Lostness: The Heart’s Cry of Southern Baptists 1980-2005. Claudean lives in Windsor, CO.
Jody McCoy (“Spirit Led, Grace Grown,” p. 24)) grew up in the CoG7 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.
Jenny Stephens (“Unexpected Lessons,” p. 27) and her husband, Terry, live in North Alabama and attend the Hammondville CoG7. Their son Robert and his wife, Sheila, are expecting their first child in November. Sheila is the granddaughter of Pastor Rudy Larios in Guatemala City. Jenny’s mother was the late Orabelle Youngs.