Vashti Reyes Acosta has a Doctor of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Arts degrees. She currently teaches in her church and assists in training teachers for various children's and youth ministries.
Ed Allen, D.Min., Ph.D., is one of the academic deans at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, serving as director of music, religion, leadership, and honors. He has served as pastor in several churches in California and Hong Kong. His wife, Madalyn Allen, RN, PSY, Ph.D., wrote this article based on one of her husband’s vespers talks at Union. She has worked in the Adventist church as an unpaid volunteer, as a registered nurse, as a licensed psychologist, as an independent scholar, and as an adjunct professor at Union College. She completed a post doc fellowship in child and adolescent assessment and psychoanalytic treatment in 2003.
Madalyn Allen and her husband, Ed, spent three years as missionaries in Hong Kong. They currently live in Southern California where Ed pastors the Rolling Hills Church. Madalyn is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Seminary. Her interests include identity development in ministry, integration of psychology and theology, child psychology, trauma in ministry, and the treatment of character disorders.
Rosanne Amoah and her husband, Pastor M. K. Amoah, live in Ghana where they work as a team. Rosaline is the Shepherdess leader for the Fiagya District of the Mid-West Ghana Conference of Seventh-day Adventism She is also a teacher. Her main interest is personal evangelism. She spends most of her leisure hours visiting home after home in an effort to win souls for Christ.
Carole Brousson Anderson is a Christian counselor and psychologist; she works in a university counseling center for students with personal and career concerns. Her husband, Don, is the associate pastor of the Vancouver Central Seventh-day Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They have their own PK--eight months old.
Christina Anderson works as a Child Life Specialist in a pediatric hospital. She and Bernie have three daughters—Madison, Brooklyn, and Liberty—and a dog named Lucy. In their spare time they enjoy traveling and watching football. Currently they live in Apopka, Florida, where Bernie serves as a pastor at Forest Lake Church
David and Claudia Arp are family life educators and the parents of three adult sons. They are co-founders and co-directors of Marriage Alive International, Inc. Also, they are authors of PEP: Parents Encouraging Parents (Cook) for both mothers and parents of teens.
Raquel Queiroz da Costa Arrais was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte as a minister's daughter. She lived in various states in Brazil accompanying the ministry of her parents. While studying at Sao Paulo Adventist Academy and Brazil College, she met Pastor Jonas Arrais, whom she married in 1982. They have two sons, Tiago and Andre. Raquel studied education and worked as an educational supervisor. She obtained her Master's degree at Andrews University in the theological area, receiving her degree in pastoral ministry with emphasis in family counseling. From December 2001-2003, she worked as Associate Director of Shepherdess and Women's Ministries in the South American Division, She is now Children's Ministries director for the South American Division. Her greatest dream is to see Jesus return and receive Him together with her family.
Sarah K. Asaftei is a pastor’s wife and mother of two toddlers. She works as development specialist for the General conference ministerial Association and directs media production at the center for secular & Postmodern studies. She grew up as a missionary kid, married a Romanian pastor, and loves international travel, photography, blogging, and film production—especially when it is about making strong families for Jesus.
Wilma Atkinson has been a principal/teacher for decades. She has a M.A. in Elementary Education. Wilma served on the Curriculum Committees for the Ohio, Iowa-Missouri, and Columbia Union Conferences. Writing is her favorite hobby, and she co-authored guides for teaching Missouri history and Iowa history. Her husband, Ron, is a pastor. Wilma wrote this article from the simultaneous perspectives of parent, teacher, and pastor’s spouse; it was first published in Praxis.