Sabbath School Net (SSNET) is operated by lay members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who volunteer their time so that Bible students around the world can study the Bible online and/or participate in the Bible Study held in Seventh-day Adventist churches (also known as Sabbath School) every seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday), no matter where their location. With the launch of our blog in June 2011, we initiated an avenue of dialogue that is a bit broader than the email discussion lists which were largely focused on the weekly lesson study. Besides providing opportunity to discuss the current lessons, the blog also deals with doctrinal and lifestyle issues that are relevant to Adventists around the world. Currently several individuals volunteer their time and efforts to make the Sabbath School Network a thriving community:
SSNET web site and blog volunteers
- Inge Anderson – General administrator of the Sabbath School Net and editor of web content.
- Peter Wannemacher is the coder for the HTML version of the Sabbath School lesson. (Bob Hanson prepared his last set of lessons for the second quarter of 2012. Send him a note of thanks through our contact link if you appreciated the online lessons of previous quarters.)
- Derek Roux from South Africa assists Peter in the preparation of the HTML version of the lessons, particularly in preparing the Inside Story and in proof-reading.
- Michelle Malveaux – Faithfully prepares the Daily lessons from the HTML files, finding and inserting suitable illustrations into each one. Send her a note of thanks through our Contact link, if you appreciate the Daily lessons on the blog.
- Freeman Senzani from South Africa is now preparing the lesson Helps which consist of Bible references and Ellen White quotes for each quarter. You can see these by clicking “Helps” at the top of any lesson.
- Jason Alexis – Technical guru and creative genius who is behind many of our blog innovations is currently acting as occasional consultant.
- Jane Sirignano –Moderator for the blog. Since 1974, Jane has worked with plant-based foods and nutrition: at a restaurant/bakery; managing a food co-op and natural foods store; and giving presentations. As part of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP): nutrition workshops; food shopping tours and rewrote the instructor’s manual with the founder. Since 2005, Jane has worked with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) as a food and nutrition instructor. She has many certificates in health/wellness and a diploma in nutrition. Jane raised one son with plant-based foods and good health principles and homeschooled him until he went to college. Jane visits as often as she can with her two grandchildren. She like to take walks, swim, sit at the beach and pool, and looks forward to getting back on a bicycle again. With the local SDA church, Jane enjoys teaching Bible lessons, presenting sermons, and giving Bible studies.
- Maurice Ashton – Helps determine the direction of Sabbath School Net by advising, moderating the blog, contributing posts and valuable comments. He is a New Zealander who has been living in Australia for about 50 years. Married to Carmel, they have two adult children, Brenden and Toni, and two grandchildren. He was a lecturer at Avondale College for the past 27 years and is now (supposedly) retired. He also managed Avondale’s Moodle system (LMS).Maurice is a computer scientist with a special interest in transaction mechanisms in persistent systems, but he has taught in the area of IT. He also has a degrees in Physics and Chemistry and Education.Maurice’s main interests are:
- Computer research: Graph-based Optimistic Transaction Management if you want to try and understand it.
- Bird photography: You can see some of his images on Flickr. (Watch that the birds don’t fly right out of the screen at you!)
- Visual presentation for church
- Bike riding. (He has owned and ridden motorbikes, his most notable being an AJS 350cc single pot, 1953.)
Maurice first started taking part in SSNET in 1997 and joined the moderating team for the discussion list around 2003, weathering most of the storms and hearing most of the main arguments several times over. He is an active member of the Avondale College Church where he lead a small, creative visuals team for 15 years.
- Tyler Cluthe – did the lion’s share of the moderation for the blog for about a year, and he still prepares the Teachers’ helps for publication and does other useful work behind the scenes. Tyler also designed the header image currently used on this site.
- William Earnhardt – Moderator for the blog, as well as writing weekly posts related to the Sabbath School lesson. He assures us that he’s not nearly as mean as he looks in this picture. 😉 He writes, “While I have many passions such as friends, golf, kayaking, photography, etc., my greatest passion is God and His great love.” For the last eight years he has kept busy as a Bible Instructor-Lay Pastor at the Tampa First SDA Church, giving personal Bible studies, evangelism seminars, and working with small groups and growth groups, training people to give Bible studies and hold seminars.
- Tommie Burchard – was recruited to proofread the online lessons and verify links in February 2013. Since then, her responsibilities have expanded. Currently, her title is Associate Editor for the Online Sabbath School Lessons. Tommie has a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters. She’s involved in her local church as head of the phone/email committee. She also maintains her church group on Facebook. Her home is in rural Tennessee.
SSNET Facebook Page
Gerald E. Greene manages the Facebook page and is a retired business executive who is an active member of the Kettering College Church in the Ohio Conference, USA.He has written “Greene’s Bible Study Guide” regarding the 28 Fundamental Beliefs, “Spiritual Exercises For Adventists,” and “Two Questions About Hell and Sunday.” He has also republished over 20 out-of-print SDA books that he feels deserve to be available today. His blog is myspiritualexercise.com where he posts daily. These posts are then reposted to over 2 dozen Facebook Groups covering about 2 million people. He also manages several Facebook Groups for Prayer, Bible Study and Spiritual Exercise. He formats each Daily Lesson into HTML for the SSNet Website and is the main moderator for our Facebook Page. He also reposts the daily lesson to over a dozen independent Adventist Facebook Groups.
SSNET email discussion group volunteers
Inge Anderson – Moderator team coordinator, from British Columbia, Canada. (Actually, our moderators work so well together they “coordinate” themselves.)
- Andrew C. Anderson III – Discussion list moderator from Texas, USA (Andrew’s website)
- Maurice Ashton – Discussion list moderator from Australia (You can search for Maurice’s page at Avondale)
- Andrew S. Baker – Discussion list moderator from New Jersey, USA. (Studying the Word of God, Talking Out Loud with ASB are just two of his many websites.)
- Daniel Bidwell – provides technical support for the majordomo software at Andrews University (Dan’s personal page)
Teachers’ Helps Volunteer Writers
A retired school teacher in the Department of Corrections, State of Michigan, where he taught for for 35 years, Michael has given hundreds of personal Bible studies and has seen many people baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We are pleased that Michael has consented to share his Teacher Outlines with Sabbath School Net readers, because they are ideally suited for people who may not have teaching background but want to make their classes informative and relevant. Michael was involved in Sabbath School Action Units and Sabbath School Revitalization working with Calvin Smith and Jonathan Kuntaroff from the General Conference. He wrote the Teacher’s Helps for the SS Quarterly for second quarter 2000. He was a Charter Member of the Michigan Conference Sabbath School Steering Committee for over fifteen years and wrote many for Sabbath School Leadership, Teach, and Action Magazines. Michael spent time training in personal ministry and door-to-door evangelism in the US, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan and worked with Calvin Smith for Voice of Prophecy Bible School for six months answering difficult questions people asked. He was a lay member on the Destiny Board of Directors in the Michigan Conference with Henry Feyerabend. He also preached hundreds of sermons across the US and Canada and preached over 50 sermons in other countries of the world. He held evangelistic meetings several times in the US and In Cuba with Changing People’s Lives, and twice in the Philippines – once with Voice of Prophecy and once on our own. On a little different note, Michael also led out in church building projects twice in the Philippines in San Vicente and Ft. Magsaysay.
Joyce is a woman of many talents, as you will see if you check out her list of blogs. But the one thing that stands out is that Joyce is a creative wordsmith. We have been blessed by both her creativity and writing talents for many years now in the form of “Thought Starters” for Sabbath School lesson discussions — first on our email list for teachers and now on our blog. Check out a few of her “Thought Starters” for yourself.
The email list is indebted to Andrews University and Dan Bidwell insofar that the computer which hosts SSNET is physically housed at Andrews University and runs smoothly under Dan Bidwell’s management. We are indebted to the General Conference Sabbath School Department and Pacific Press for permission to publish the Adult Bible Study Guide online in HTML format and for providing an electronic version of the contents. However, SSNET is not officially sponsored by either Andrews University or the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Note: Please use the “Contact” link under “About Us” to write to any staff members.