Gerald is a native of Germany. He brings with him 15 years of teaching and ministry experience in South Africa, Peru, Argentina, and the Philippines. He holds a doctoral degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at different Adventist Universities in Peru, Argentina and the Philippines. Before joining the Adventist Review staff, Gerald served as the dean of the Theological Seminary of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines.
Gerald has a passion for research and Scripture and has published widely in academic and popular journals and magazines. His latest book, co-authored with his wife Chantal, focuses on some often overlooked background figures of the Old Testament and is entitled Illuminating Shadow Figures of the Bible (Review and Herald, 2010).
Gerald is married to Chantal, a gifted author, mother, and homemaker from South Africa, and has three daughters, Hannah, Sarah, and Jemima. Gerald and Chantal enjoy team-teaching. They co-authored the fourth quarter 2010 Adult Sabbath School study guide. At the offices of the Adventist Review Gerald focuses on articles dealing with biblical studies, theology, archaeology, and fundamental beliefs.