This Issue’s Authors

Robert Coulter (“A Change of Emphasis,” 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.


Paulo Jorge Coelho (“The Last Days,” p. 10) lives in Lisbon, Portugal, with his wife, Luísa, and their two children. He pastors the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Portugal and is a medical doctor (rheumatologist). He is finishing his position as representative for Zone 7 (Europe) of the International Ministerial Congress, which began in 2008.


Gordon Feil (“Biblical Application,” p. 12) 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.


Shadia Hrichi (“No Extra Credit,” p. 14) is a passionate Bible teacher who has a heart 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 Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me, a seven-week in-depth Bible study from Leafwood Publishers. Her articles have been published in the Christian Voice magazine, Upper Room, The Secret Place, and on Shadia received an MA in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary, as well as an MA in criminal justice from the State University of New York. She serves on the board of directors for RealOptions Pregnancy Centers, and is often invited to speak at Christian events and on radio programs. Shadia lives in San Jose, CA. To learn more, visit


R. Herbert (“Letters of Hope,” 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.


Israel Steinmetz (“Kingdom-Focused Leadership,” p. 18) is dean of Academic Affairs for Artios Christian College and pastors New Hope United. 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.


Yvonne Kays (“Promise of a New Thing,” p. 20) 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.


Marcellus George (“While We Wait,” p. 24) has published over twenty articles and chapters in medical journals and books and has authored various articles for Horizons and Lutheran Mission Matters. He has a long-term interest in Asian Christianity and has served as an adjunct professor in an Asian seminary. Marcellus has been interested in the persecuted church for nearly thirty years, having lived and worked in the former Soviet Union. Marcellus has traveled throughout Asia and has taught classes in South America and Africa. He lives in Fort Wayne, IN.


Susan Lewis (“Kingdom Come,” p. 17), retired from a horse ranch, writes poetry and stories related to spiritual growth experiences, lessons learned, and trials she’s overcome. She keeps in touch with brethren in her church who are remote or don’t have computers, to uplift and encourage them. Susan lives in Elkhorn, WI.