This Issue’s Authors

Jason Overman (“The Little Commission,” p. 4) is editor of the Bible Advocate and pastor of the Jasper, AR church.


Cathy Mogus (“Catch ‘Em Like a Salmon,” p. 8) 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.


Mary Anne Quinn (“Goin’ ta Jesus,” p. 12) has been published in Positive Note Magazine, DuPage County Writers Literary Journal, and Christian Devotions. She shares her testimony of healing in the “joy of the Lord” through writing and speaking at conferences and retreats through Mary Anne lives in the Chicago area with her husband, John.

Jody McCoy (“Transformation,” p. 14) 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.


Yvonne Kays (“Great Expectations,” p. 15) 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 (“How to Clarify Your Calling,” p. 18) is dean of administration for Artios Christian College. She lives near Eugene, OR, with her husband, Bryan, and their four daughters.


Dorothy Nimchuk (“Portrait of a Leader,” p. 20) has a lifelong love of writing. She has 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 Canadian 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.


Ash Khalil (“Out of Egypt,” p. 24) is the husband of Heidi, father of five lovely children, and grandfather of three. He enjoys time with them and his church family. God called Ash in 2001 to start and pastor the Church of God of Inola and Heart of Truth Mission in Inola OK. He also owns and operates Ark Construction Company. Ash’s passion is to help people excel in the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ and learn practical life skills. He enjoys giving seminars and coaching lessons on getting out of debt and handling personal finances, and he’s looking into advancing this mission work into another country.