This Issue’s Authors

Whaid Rose (“Our Witness, Our Worship,” p. 4) is former president of the General Conference and pastors the Newton, NC CoG7. He and his wife, Marjolene, live in Denver, NC.


R. Herbert (“Why Worship?” p. 8) 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.


Eugenie Daniels (“Living Sacrifices,” p. 10) has been published in Purpose, LIVE, Seek, Discipleship Journal, The Upper Room, and other publications. She and her husband live in Williamstown, MA.


Rose McCormick Brandon (“The ‘Oh!’ of God,” p. 12) is the author of four books: Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, He Loves Me Not He Loves Me (with Sandra Nunn), and Vanished (with Shirley Brown) — plus dozens of personal experience pieces, devotionals, short stories, and essays. Rose’s work has won awards in the personal experience and short essay categories. Her story, “Manitoulin Connections,” was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, O Canada. A member of the Word Guild and the Manitoulin Writers Circle, Rose publishes two blogs: Listening to my Hair Grow (faith writings) and Promises of Home (stories of child immigrants). Rose and husband, Doug, summer on Manitoulin Island, where her pioneer ancestors settled and the home of his favorite fishing holes. The rest of the year, they live in Caledonia, Ontario, near their three children and two grandchildren.


Bob Hostetler (“Music to God’s Ears,” p. 14) is an award-winning author, literary agent, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His fifty books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, have sold millions of copies. Bob is also the director of the Christian Writers Institute ( He and his wife, Robin, have two children and five grandchildren.


Jody McCoy (“Transcendence,” p. 16) 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.


Asa Thomas Taylor (“Sacred Seventh,” p. 17) is a retired corrections officer. This is his first publication. Asa lives in Cape Charles, VA.


Israel Steinmetz (“Worship by Design,” 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.


Jonathon Hicks (“Disciples in Distress,” p. 20) and his wife, Danielle, serve the Lodi, CA congregation, who has taught him much and given incalculable support. He is seeking to love those he has the privilege of speaking to week after week.


Maureen O. Vanterpool, Ph.D. (“He Never Gave Up on Me,” p. 24) has published a number of things: SEEK Bible quiz game, Sort & search the Scriptures, as well as academic research works. She attends the Treasure Coast Church of God (Seventh Day) and lives in Fort Pierce, FL.