This Issue’s Authors

John Lemley (“To God Be The Glory,” 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.


Jaye Brown (“Piles of Leaves,” p. 7) recently retired from community service vocations and is involved in community volunteerism. She lives in West Michigan.


John Klassek (“The Mystery of Glory,” p. 8) serves as secretary of the International Ministerial Congress and lives in Northam, Western Australia. He also serves the church near Perth and produces short Christian films as a vocation.


Robert Coulter (“Let’s Take Another Look,” p. 12) is a past president of the General Conference and of the North American Ministerial Council. He pastored numerous congregations, served as the district superintendent of three districts, and directed Missions Abroad for eighteen years. Robert grew up in the Church of God (Seventh Day) in the 1940s in Parkersburg, WV. From his youth he has had a keen interest in the affairs of the Church and joined its ministerial staff in 1955. He served 24 of those years as the board’s chairman and as president of the General Conference. In his retirement Robert wrote The Journey: A History of the Church of God (Seventh Day). He and his wife, Ida, reside in Northglenn, CO, and attend the Denver church.


Cathy Mogus (“Living in Captivity,” 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.


Francis Freed (“Creation Waiting,” p. 17) has been published in A Time of Singing, Life, Ancient Paths, Our Journey, and Cape Cod Life. She lives in Narragansett, RI.


Amber Mann Riggs (“Living With the End in Mind,” p. 18) is dean of administration for Artios Christian College. She lives near Eugene, OR with her husband, Bryan, and their four daughters.


David Downey (“We Chose Goodness,” p. 20) has published work in Creation Illustrated, Seek, Precepts for Living, Light and Life, and The Lookout. He has also published curriculum in QuickSource (Explore the Bible Series) and is seeking a publisher for His Burden is Light: Cultivating Personal Holiness. Dr. Downey teaches Bible full time to high school and middle school students. He lives in Fort Worth, TX.


Jody McCoy (“The Great Commission,” p. 24) 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.