This Issue’s Authors

John Lemley (“Scripture Alone,” p. 4) was a teenager in 1966 when his family learned of the Church of God (Seventh Day). He is a 1970 graduate of Midwest Bible College and has served as pastor in Tacoma and Walla Walla, WA; Stanberry, MO; and Stony Plain, Alberta. He and his wife, Lois, live in Vancouver, WA, and have four grown children. They attend the CoG7 in Kalama, WA, with their daughter, Sarah Whitney, and her family

R. Herbert (“Are You Listening?” p. 6) holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern and biblical studies served as an ordained minister and church pastor for a number of years. He and writes for several Christian venues and for his websites at and R. Herbert is a pen name.

Benjamin Ramirez (“Praying Psalms,” p. 8) is the local pastor of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Stockton, CA. He is the recipient of the Valencia Scholarship and is seeking to minister to Stockton better by getting more tools from Artios Christian College.

Jonathon Hicks (“Praying Psalms,” p. 8) and his wife, Danielle, moved to Lodi, CA, in September 2016 and have not yet grown weary of the ceaseless sunny days. Jonathon serves a 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.

Shirley Brosius (“Hidden in the Heart,” p. 12) is the author of Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories about Women Who Made a Difference. She co-authored Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides and contributed to Proverbs for Busy Women. In addition, Shirley has published articles in such magazines as Angels on Earth, Beacon, The Secret Place, the Upper Room, and Mature Living. She lives in Millersburg, PA.

Sonya Lopez Orr (“Bible Beauty,” p. 14) is a wife and homeschool mom of two precious girls. She has been married to Aaron Orr for eight years. Powerfully saved by Jesus Christ at the age of 16, Sonya has served the Lord throughout the years in various capacities, but mainly in youth/SWORD ministry. She is a graduate from the College of Biblical Studies with an associate’s degree in Biblical Education. The Orrs currently reside outside Houston, TX, where they own a coffee roasting business that invests after-tax profits to spreading the gospel. They attend CoG7 “The Way” in Willis, TX.

Janet Barr (“Psalm 39,” p. 17) has written for Decision, Friends of Faith, and young people’s devotional magazines. Her poetry is inspired by the Psalms, Christina Rossetti, and Emily Dickinson. “Psalm 39” is from her collection of poems titled Nearing the Finish Line. Janet considers herself blessed as a wife, mom, and grandmother. She and her husband live in Mesa, AZ.

Amber Riggs (“Scripture in Community,” p. 18) is dean of administration for Artios Christian College and holds a BA in Youth Ministry and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Colorado Christian University. Amber and her husband, Bryan, have four young daughters and are members of the CoG7 congregation in Eugene, OR.

David Ross (“Integrity of Scripture,” p. 20) and his wife, Makayla, pastor the CoG7 in Owosso, MI. Their daughter, Neva Noreen, is less than a year old. The Ross family resides in Corunna, MI, and volunteers in ministry at Spring Vale Christian School.

Jody McCoy (“The Book,” p. 24) grew up in the CoG7 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 CoG7. He lives in Austin, TX.