Gerald A. Klingbeil

Gerald A. Klingbeil, associate editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, is the new research professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He brings more than 15 years of teaching and ministry experience in diverse international contexts to the position.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Klingbeil completed a BA in Theology at an Andrews University affiliate campus, Helderberg College, South Africa, in 1990. The next year, he attended the University of Stellenbosch, where he received his BA Honors in Semitic Languages & Cultures and an MA and DLitt in Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Klingbeil’s professional experience spans educational institutions around the world. He has held academic positions in departments of theology at institutions in South Africa, Peru, Argentina and the Philippines. A member of several prestigious review boards in the past and present, Klingbeil recently held the position of editor of Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary as part of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines. He has also received many significant awards, honors and research grants from institutions such as the Adventist Theological Society, La Sierra University, Stellenbosch University and River Plate Adventist University, among others.

Klingbeil is also a member of a handful of academic societies including the Adventist Theological Society and a named fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. He co-chairs the Ritual in the Biblical World consultation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

An avid writer, Klingbeil has published eight books, over 25 book chapters, several dictionary/lexicon entries, a countless number of book reviews and academic journal articles, and numerous essays. His most recent work, Shadow Figures: Background Characters of the Bible, an adult Sabbath School Bible study guide, is scheduled for release in 2010.

Andrews University is honored to welcome Gerald A. Klingbeil, his wife, Chantal, and their three daughters into the University family.

Chantel Klingbeil

Chantal has earned a M.Phil. degree in linguistics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and, over the past two decades, has served as mother, author, homeschool mom, high school teacher, university professor, and TV host.Chantal J. Klingbeil, M.Phil., was born and raised in South Africa. She currently serves as an Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A.

Her articles have appeared in many journals and magazines, both in academic and popular contexts.

Chantal is passionate about reaching children, youth, and young adults for Jesus. In her work at the Ellen G. White Estate she develops media and materials to bring Adventist history and the ministry of Ellen G. White to a new generation that is thoroughly at home in the digital age.

John Schachinger

Director – Gift Planning and Trust Services Pastor – Adventist Worship Center

John Schachinger currently serves as Director for Planned Giving & Trust, and Community Services for the Arizona Conference. He has pastored churches in Arizona, New Jersey, Ontario, Canada and Minnesota.

He and Glenda have been married for 38 years and have 3 children, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. They have lived in the Phoenix area since 2005 where Glenda works as a speech-pathologist.

Pastor John’s interests include music, writing, and developing meaningful ministries and opportunities for aging adults, especially developing a maturing spirituality.

Karen Nicola

A friend to the hurting heart, Karen Nicola has known the inexpressible experience of watching her precious three year old son slip away in death to leukemia. Through her drive to make sense of the pain, she found two resources that comforted and brought healing. She created her book entitled, Comfort for the Day, so others could access these same resources. In addition, Karen leads workshops that help her audiences grow in grief awareness and discover skills to authentically help grieving friends. The warmth and connection Karen fosters as a grief coach leaves her clients with hope and courage to do the difficult work of traveling THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death.

Larry Siemens

Larry Siemens returns to Tahoe Camp Meeting and will offer his popular nature hikes to areas around the Tahoe Basin. He is also planning one late evening of star watching in the meadow behind the camp meeting. Larry is the Chair of the Science Department as well as a chemistry professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA.

Colby Johnson

Colby Johnson was born and raised Fallon, Nevada. Although he grew up in the Adventist faith, he ended up walking away in his late teenage years. During those years, he struggled through many battles that our young adults are facing today. In his early 20’s he was drawn back to Christianity and longed for a deeper walk with Christ. In August of 2014 He attended ARISE Institute, a 13-week evangelism and discipleship training program operated by Light Bearers Ministry. His journey did not end there. After completing the ARISE program he was asked to return in January of 2015 to be an intern for Light Bearers, working with a new church plant and doing community outreach. He has recently moved back to his hometown and is passionate about sharing the beauty of God’s character to others. He is currently attending school hoping to eventually go into the nursing field and is actively holding meetings and teaching classes at his local church. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, reading, and the outdoors.

A yearly Seventh-Day Adventist summer retreat to the forests of South Lake Tahoe & Reno area.