This Issue’s Authors

Israel Steinmetz (“In Jesus’ Name, Amen,” p. 4; “The Humble Leadership of Christ,” 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.


Rose McCormick Brandon (“Calling Janice,” p. 8) 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 favourite fishing holes. The rest of the year, they live in Caledonia, Ontario, near their three children and two grandchildren.


Daniel Flores (“He Is Lord!” p. 10) is pastor of the McAllen, TX congregation. He currently serves on the board of the Southwest District, on the board of directors, and as president of the North American Ministerial Council of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day). Daniel lives in Mission, TX, with his wife, Kerenha, and four children: Salma, Isaac, Josue, and Daniel.


John Klassek (“Kingdom Glory,” p. 12) was born to immigrant parents and grew up in a Sabbatarian church. He is author of Hope of the Resurrection, now ready for its fifth printing, and serves as secretary of the International Ministerial Congress. John and his wife, Rebecca, have six children and five grandchildren. Living in their hand-built mudbrick home in rural Western Australia, he works bi-vocationally in IT support and ministry, pastoring a CoG7 congregation near the capital city of Perth. Over the past 20 years John has pioneered the development of MessageWeek Media Ministries (, streaming hundreds of in-house produced gospel videos. He is a keen motorcyclist, enjoys coin collecting and public speaking, and has an interest in biblical archaeology.


Ken Lawson (“My Faith Chapter,” p. 14) is superintendent of the Central District. Previously, he served as pastor of CoG7 congregations in Mission City, BC; San Antonio, TX; Shawnee, OK; Lodi, CA; Visalia, CA; and Redmond OR. He and his wife, Sandra, live in Cottage Grove, MN, and attend the St Paul Church. Ken loves fishing and spending time with their grandsons, Hogan and Jack.


Jody McCoy (“Transmission,” 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.


Henry Bergen (“Be Still,” p. 17) has contributed his writing to MB Herald and published part of his autobiography, Four Years Less a Day. He has spent 24 years teaching English in high school, college, and at universities in Malawi, Botswana, and China, as well as development of education for the blind in Botswana. Henry lives in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.


Bob Blundell (“Day of Reckoning,” p. 20) is a former mid-level manager who spent his career inthe oil industry. He has been published in such Christian magazines as Testimony, Liguorian, The Living Pulpit, GirlZ4 Christ, and Reachout Columbia. He has also had secular pieces published in Blue Ridge Outdoors, Blonde on Blonde, and Hydrocarbon Processing magazine. Bob and his wife, Dee, live in Friendswood, TX.