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Ronald Cottle is founder and President Emeritus of Christian Life School of Theology Global, Columbus, Georgia, and founder and President of the Apostolic Council of Transformational Servant-Leaders. He received the MDiv from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, and the PhD in religion and BS and EdD in higher education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was ordained as a minister in the Assemblies of God in 1953. He has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly articles. His books include commentaries on Galatians, The Lord’s Prayer, The Beatitudes, Romans, as well as two books on the life of David: Anointed to Reign I and II. Most recently he has written on the New Apostolic Reformation: Leading Transition; The Joining of the Lord (on spiritual fathers and sons); Designing and Building Leadership Teams; and Servant Leadership.

William De Arteaga has been in the Charismatic Movement since 1978. Bill is known as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit (Creation House, 1992) and Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002). Bill has published articles and reviews in Pneuma, Journal of Christian Healing, Charisma, and other publications. He is a major contributor to Pneuma Review. Bill also pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia, area. Bill has been in the Order of St. Luke, which encourages the healing ministry in all Christian churches, since the 1980s, and its chaplain for the state of Georgia. Bill’s blog is “The Anglican Pentecostal,” and his postings often discuss current issues in the healing and deliverance ministries. Bill earned his master’s degree from the University of Florida and pursued studies at Emory University.

Jack Deere earned his ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he also served as an associate professor of Old Testament. He is the author of the bestselling Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Surprised by the Voice of God, and The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy. As a lecturer, he has spoken throughout the world on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is a contributor to the Bible Knowledge Commentary and has written articles for Bibliotheca Sacra, Charisma, and Equipping the Saints.

Paul Elbert, MS, MA, is a physicist-theologian and New Testament scholar. Paul works mainly in interpretive methods and narrative-rhetorical backgrounds with respect to Luke-Acts. He is co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Formation of Luke-Acts Section within the Society of Biblical Literature and a member of the New Testament Section within the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research. He served as chairperson of the charismatic themes in Luke-Acts five-year dialogue within the Evangelical Theological Society and serves on the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies. His writings have appeared in Theologische Zeitschrift, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die neutesta­mentliche Wissenschaft, Journal of Theological Studies, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Quarterly, Trinity Journal, Refleks: Med Karismatisk Kristendom i Fokus, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research.

Andrew T. Floris (1926–2012) was a serious student of the church’s early history. His articles include “Two Fourth Century Witnesses on the Charismata,” Paraclete (Fall 1970), pp. 17–22; “Chrysostom and the Charismata,” Paraclete (Winter 1971), pp. 17–22; “Didymus, Epiphanius, and the Charismata,” Paraclete (Winter 1972), pp. 26–31; and “The Charismata in the Post-Apostolic Church,” Paraclete (Fall 1969), pp. 8–13.

Robert W. Graves is the president and cofounder of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship. He has held positions of leadership in and has taught in Pentecostal churches and at Southwestern Assemblies of God College. He is the author of numerous articles and one book related to the Pentecostal experience, Praying in the Spirit (Chosen Books, 1987); his articles have appeared in Paraclete: A Journal Concerning the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, Pentecostal Evangel, Church of God Evangel, Moody Monthly, Christian Parenting Today, Encounter, Advance, Pneuma Review, and others; he is also the author of The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998). He is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He earned BS and MA degrees from Georgia State University.

Gary S. Greig is Editorial Director for Bible and Theology for Gospel Light Publications and Regal Books and an adjunct faculty mentor of United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio) and of Dr. Randy Clark’s Global Awakening Ministries. He was an associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Regent University, School of Divinity from 1995–1998, and before that an adjunct professor of Hebrew for Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds an MA and PhD (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1990) from the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute. His book The Kingdom and the Power of the Cross: Are the Healing and Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today? A Biblical Look at How to Bring the Gospel to the World with Power (Regal, 1993) is a compendium that lays out the biblical foundations of power evangelism and power ministry.

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About the Author: Robert W. Graves, M. A. (Literary Studies, Georgia State University), is the co-founder and president of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting Pentecostal scholarship through research grants. He is a Christian educator and a former faculty member of Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas, and Kennesaw State University (adjunct). He edited and contributed to Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture and is the author of Increasing Your Theological Vocabulary, Praying in the Spirit (1987 and Second Edition, 2017) and The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998).

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