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Omer Jaye Sharp (1929–2006) earned five degrees which were conferred by Corpus Christi University, Trinity University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and North Texas State University. He was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister in 1955. He pastored several churches in the Clarksburg, West Virginia, area, and was on the faculty of Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. He also traveled extensively for many years, holding seminars, preaching, and evangelizing.

Gary Shogren is Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica. He has been in pastoral and teaching ministry since 1980. He is a graduate of Cairn University and received an MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary, and completed his PhD in New Testament Exegesis from King’s College, Aberdeen University. He is an ordained Baptist minister. His writings include 1 Corinthians: An Exegetical-Pastoral Commentary (available in English on Logos); 1-2 Thessalonians in the ZECNT commentary series, and is currently writing a commentary on Romans for Latin Americans. His published articles include several on the spiritual gifts. Although not a Pentecostal, he is concerned that Bible scholars show care in exegeting and interpreting the Scriptures.

Sam Storms has spent 40 years in ministry and in 2008 became Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he currently serves. He has ministered in churches in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri and was Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, 2000–2004. Sam is founder and president of Enjoying God Ministries and regularly blogs at He has authored or edited 22 books and has published numerous journal articles and book reviews. He is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD).

Horace S. Ward (1939–2014) received his BA from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, his BS from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, and his MA and PhD from the Ohio State University. Horace was ordained into the ministry of the Church of God on June 27, 1966, and pastored churches in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, and Maryland. In 1970, he was one of four cofounders of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, in which he served several positions of leadership, including president. As an educator he served as instructor, assistant professor, and Dean of Students at Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, and as President of West Coast Christian College in Fresno, California.

David A. Womack (1933–2009) received his BA and MA degrees in theology from Northwest University with an emphasis on the history of Christian doctrine. He served as a missionary to Columbia and became home secretary of Assemblies of God World Missions. Among the books he authored are Breaking the Stained-Glass Barrier (Harper & Row), The Pyramid Principle of Church Growth (Bethany House), Alive in Christ (Gospel Publishing House), and The Wellsprings of Original Christianity: A Call for a Fresh Apostolic Revival (Trafford).

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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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