In Christ Alone Devotions is dedicated to uplifting Jesus by writing daily devotionals that take readers through various books of the Bible, helping readers apply the basic truths of the Bible to their daily lives. We believe that the theme of the Bible is Jesus. The Old Testament points towards Him. The New Testament talks about Him. Today our hope can only be securely placed in Christ alone.
We are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Christian denomination with over 17 million members worldwide! Check out our website: http://adventist.org
God has blessed us with a dedicated team of writers and editors! Keep reading to get to know our team better!
Alejandra Zepeda loves Jesus with all her heart! A student at Cal-State Bakersfield, Alejandra enjoys being with her friends, studying the Bible, playing soccer, reading, writing, bike riding, running, walking, nature and gardening. She currently serves as the Youth Leader at Shafter Seventh-day Adventist Church. Alejandra enjoys highlighting characteristics of God and lessons we can apply to our daily lives.
Angel Rivero @arivero2212 is a senior Theology major at Pacific Union College. He has dedicated his life to the service of God and His people. Angel has been involved in many types of ministries: public high school ministries, literature evangelism, hospital chaplaincy, collegiate ministries, and currently serves at the Berkeley Seventh-day Adventist Church. Angel believes that the Bible is God’s instruction manual for our lives and one of the ways we can encounter Jesus.
Bill Cude @BillCude is an Operator Technician/Lead Operator for the Northern California Power Agency at The Geysers–the largest geothermal field in the world! He’s been working there for over 30 years, but his dream job would be to take theology and be a preacher. He and his wife have been married for over 30 years, have 3 kids and 2 grandkids. Bill’s favorite author is Ellen White, the world’s most prolific female author, and he’s read almost everything she’s written! He also enjoys reading Stephen Haskell, E. J. Waggoner, and A. T. Jones. He currently serves as the head elder at the Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Boris Reyes @yohalmor is a pastor in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Some of his hobbies include sports, building electronics and reading. Born in El Salvador, he survived the El Salvador earthquake in 2001. God saved his life in the midst of this terrible tragedy, thus teaching Boris that there is only so much time in a person’s life to make a difference! God saved his life, not only in the remains of a collapsed building but also at the Cross, and it is this gift of salvation given to him that he longs to share with you.
Charlene Wang is a Pre-Med student at La Sierra University. She got involved with Bible studies her senior year of high school, and was involved with Youth Rush, a program where students sell religious books door to door to raise money for their college education. These experiences changed her life. Today, her goal is to make a difference and bring others to Jesus, helping people break out of being lukewarm and into a real relationship with Jesus.
Dalia Hernandez is a Religion major at Pacific Union College. She enjoys eating, and writing about prophecy. She loves all sorts of animals, has two dogs of her own, loves helping people in need, and always has a calm but cheerful spirit. At first she may seem shy but once you get to know her you realize what an extraordinary and caring person she is. Dalia works during the summers as the assistant to the cook at Camp Wawona, a Seventh-day Adventist summer camp in Yosemite National Park.
Dnieper Vegavillalobos is a Bible Worker at the Hollister Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served 8 1/2 years in the Marine Corps, then left at the rank of Staff Sergeant to follow God’s calling to the ministry. He recently married his beautiful bride Veronica Vegavillalobos. He enjoys reading, swimming, and running. He likes to focus on topics such as the Heavenly Sanctuary, Revelation 10, and God’s love.
Ethan Smith is a Pastoral Care major at Southern Adventist University. Originally from Washington state, Ethan’s hobbies include, among other things, computers and music. Ethan is passionate about reaching people for Jesus, music, and has spent the last two summers working at Camp Cherokee in New York.
Fredy Martinez recently graduated from Shafter High School. He was also recently signed by the Indianapolis Colts where he will be playing with QB Andrew Luck… at least that’s what he dreams of! He enjoys soccer, track, and being with friends. Fredy loves to write about God’s goodness and faithfulness. Fredy draws out practical life applications that everyone can relate to as he writes about the Bible.
Jeffrey Maxwell has worked in ministerial lines for over six years. He labored in full-time ministry, first at Times of Refreshing health ministry nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians in Georgia for a year-and-a-half, and then at a literature ministry in Tennessee, The Bible Says…, for four months. His experience includes teaching and preaching about the gospel and health, writing for tracts, newsletters and some unpublished books, Bible work, and has even spoken on the radio on several occasions. Jeffrey is currently a staff accountant in Trust and Property Management and the Treasury at the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Jodi Baze is a Early Childhood Education major at Pacific Union College. She loves working with little kids, and hopes to be a special education teacher someday. Jodi serves as one of our copy editors, and helps to ensure that devotionals are grammatically correct! During the summers she serves as a counselor at Camp Wawona, a Seventh-day Adventist summer camp in Yosemite National Park.
Jonathan Guevara is a Religion major at Pacific Union College and feels called by God to teach as a professor of religion in the future. He enjoys serving God through music, having served as a church pianist during the summer in three different churches over the past five years. He is most interested in the Old Testament, especially Messianic prophecy and its fulfillment in Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He also is interested in soteriology, the study of salvation and redemption, and in the Pauline Epistles (especially Galatians and Romans). He also enjoys reading, writing, laughing, spending time with friends, and the Sabbath, both as an integral part of his life and as a topic of study.
Josue Hernandez is the associate pastor of the Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. Formerly an Engineering major at UC Davis, Josue enjoys working with young people, and led his church’s youth group while in high school. Some of his other hobbies include reading, sports, and thinking–which he does a lot of. Josue also loves asking questions. Some of the questions are to make you think, but most are for you to actually answer. He also enjoys finding and sharing new things from the Bible.
Nico Coscarelli is studying to be a pastor. He currently lives in Southern California.
Ramon Gonzalez is from Oakland, California. He served as a junior deacon and sang on the praise team at his church for three years and grew up as a dedicated follower of God. He was involved with a lot of volunteer work around the communities of Oakland and Alameda. During June 2011, he served as a missionary at Puerto Rico in the community of Lares. He enjoys playing guitar, singing, worshipping, bible studying, preaching, hiking, swimming, acting, socializing, watching movies, all kinds of music, joking, laughing, being silly, cooking, eating, traveling, and hanging out with friends. He hopes that the words the LORD gives him can inspire, encourage, and satisfy his readers.
Ruben Vargas serves as the Associate Evangelist for Hispanic Ministries in the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Originally from Oakland, CA, Ruben finds great pleasure in sports, the great outdoors, playing and listening to music, and sharing a laugh with close friends and family. Meeting Jesus and forming a relationship with Him has flipped Ruben’s life on its head; or perhaps, it’d be better said, on its feet! Growing up in rough neighborhoods, mingling with questionable social circles, and experiencing a plethora of challenges both inside and outside of his home eventually caused his life to spiral out of control. However, there is good news! God saved Ruben from his life of destruction, and now he takes great pleasure and honor in sharing the good news of Jesus to any who will listen.
Sergio Caishpal is a Junior Theology major at Pacific Union College. Born in Los Angeles but raised in the Northern California city of Santa Rosa, he enjoys exploring the outdoors and loves to camp. He also loves to sit down and enjoy an exciting book of adventure or read anything in general. He loves to travel the world (He has been to 7 different countries, 4 in Africa and 3 in Central America) and hopes to one day hit all seven continents. Sergio enjoys preaching the Word of God and helping people achieve a profound, intimate relationship with Christ. This usually leads to deep discussions and long conversations, but he doesn’t mind, as long as it strengthens our friendship with God! 😀
Ted and Shelli Baze @PastorBaze have been serving Jesus together for over 25 years. Ted is currently the Administrative Pastor at the Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Shelli spends her time volunteering with the church’s food distribution program, as well as giving Bible studies. Pastor Ted is our theological content adviser, and Shelli serves as one of our copy editors–both making sure that each devotional we publish is Biblically and grammatically accurate. They also written a few devotionals.
Timmy Baze @TimmyBaze is the Youth Evangelism Team Leader for the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a group that reaches out to teens across Central California by providing a variety evangelistic and discipleship events including Teen Bible Academy, Prayer Conferences, and Teen Guys and Girls Retreats. He also enjoys spending time with friends, being in nature, hiking, reading good books, listening to music, singing in his college’s choirs, and keeping up to date on what is happening in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Timmy shares his love of God’s amazing plan of salvation, as can be found all over the Bible. He is the website administrator and graphic designer.
Sam Smith @salmonslammerak serves as the associate pastor of Discover Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora, California. He is originally from Modesto, California. He enjoys aquascaping, and is a follower of Jesus, a newlywed to the girl of his dreams, Sara Williams, a fly-fisherman, and a sinner. Of course, we all are! Jesus is the only reason Sam is here, so he’s asked Him to help him act like it. Sam believes Jesus lived, died, was buried, was raised, and is coming again soon.