This Issue’s Authors

Robert Coulter (“The Commandments and the Church,” 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.


Ralph Filicchia (“Living from Psalm 1,” p. 10) has authored eight paperback books, such as The Devil With Yellow Hair and The Boys From Victory Field. He has also published over 200 articles and short stories in a wide range of magazines, including Weight Watchers, Christian Economics, Vista, and Liberty. Ralph lives in Watertown, MA.


Calvin Burrell (“Day of Grace,” p. 12) is former editor of the Bible Advocate and director of G. C. Missions. He retired in 2015 and lives with his wife, Barb, in Stayton, OR. They attend the Marion, OR church.


Rebecca Irey (“Walking in Covenant,” p. 14) is a lifelong writer and newly published author. She has been married for 22 years and has seven children. Rebecca lives in Hutto, TX. Visit her website at


Herbert (“Balancing Justice and Mercy,” 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.


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


Dr. David Downey (“The Law of Christ,” 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.


Bruce Noble (“Vain and the Name,” p. 23) works at Spring Vale Christian School as a Bible teacher and music director. He has been married to Pam (Caswell) for over 30 years, and they have four adult married children: Erin (Darrel) Walters, Brendon (Jordan) Noble, Amber (Nate) Arend, and Ben (Elizet) Noble. Bruce lives in Owosso, MI, where he enjoys fishing and hunting. His favorite Bible text: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).


Israel Steinmetz (“Talking TULIP – Part 3,” 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.