This Issue’s Authors

Calvin Burrell (“All In!” p. 4) 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.


Robert R. Hostetler (“Let Your Life Shine,” p. 8) 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. He lives in Hamilton, OH.

Sandy K. Keeton (“Strangers Bond,” p. 10) has published in Christian Standard magazine and Alive magazine, and her book, Miracles in His Vineyard, is available on Amazon. Sandy lives in Dallas, TX.

R. Herbert (“How Isaiah Delivered the News,” p. 12) 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.

Ramon Ruiz (“Supernatural,” p. 14) has served within the Church of God (Seventh Day), pastoring several local churches in Mexico for over 40 years. As president of International Ministerial Congress since 1994, he works for the international Church in the day-to-day operations of ministry. Recently, Ramon moved to Dallas, Texas, with his wife Rebeca. They have one son, two daughters, and several grandchildren.

Jody McCoy (“Rescue Mission,” 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.

Sharon Lee Roberts (“Image,” p. 17) has published her writings in LIVE, Decision, Home Life, Standard, and other publications. She has written three children’s books: Somebody Lives Inside (Concordia), A Special Time of Year (David C Cook), and Friendship — What Is It? (The Child’s World). Sharon has also worked as a freelance editor and was editorial assistant for Living Streams, a Christian writer’s publication. She lives in Chestertown, NY.

Amber Riggs (“All We Need,” 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 (“Loving Like the Master,” 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.

Denmark Chihombe (“The Ultimate Healing,” p. 24) is a member of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Zimbabwe. He has participated in mission work to Mozambique and has translated four BAP tracts into his native language of Shona, spoken by 70 percent of the Zimbabwean population. Denmark has also overseen the translation of BA literature into other regional African languages.