This Issue’s Authors

Robert Coulter (“A Journey to Grace,” p. 8) is a past president of the General Conference of the CoG7 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, West Virginia. 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.


Lakeisha D. Blake (“In the Hard Places,” p. 10) has been published in the Boundless Blog ( She lives in Fayetteville, NC.


Gordon Feil (“Biblical Revelation,” p. 14) is a management and corporate finance consultant. He and his wife, Linza, have three grown children and live in Victoria, BC, Canada. He likes conversation and anything that facilitates it, such as walking, table games, travel, and dining. Gordon also likes solving problems in uninhibited, unabashed, and unconventional ways. Visit his general blog ( and theology blog ( to learn more about him.


Herbert (“Uprooting the Tree of Temptation,” p. 16) holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern languages, biblical studies, and archaeology. He served as an ordained minister and church pastor for a number of years. He writes for several Christian venues and for his websites at and, where you can also find his free e-books. R. Herbert is a pen name.


Yvonne Kays (“Selah,” p. 17) 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.


Amber Riggs (“The Covenant of Vocation,” p. 18) is dean of administration for Artios Christian College. She lives near Eugene, OR with her husband, Bryan, and their four daughters.


Pam Sheridan (“Butterflies for Shelly,” p. 20) is a pen name.


Israel Steinmetz (“Talking TULIP – Part 2,” p. 24) is dean of Academic Affairs for Artios Christian College. 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 eight young children.