Our Authors

Dr. Joseph W. Bergeron

Joseph W. Bergeron, M.D. is the author of The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Medical Doctor Examines the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

Dr. Bergeron has been a practicing physician for over 25 years.  He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  His particular area of interest is in the medical aspects of Christ’s death and the disciples’ belief in his resurrection.  He also volunteers with Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance.

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Francesco Chiappelli

A secular Franciscan within the Roman Catholic Church, much of Francesco Chiappelli's works reflect Franciscan spirituality. He is also a scientist and emeritus professor at UCLA, having worked in the Center for Health Sciences and published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, in addition to chapters and books on topics as wide-ranging as biostatistics to molecular virology. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the few overseas Fellows of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fulbright alumnus.

Francesco values science as the pursuit of our abilities to think and to reason, but believes that this ability is always secondary to our grace of faith; a person can be a good and sound scientist while remaining true and committed to putting Christ at the center of it all. He views our role as humble instruments to the greater glory of God through, in and with Christ - as majoram Dei gloriam - and thus, while having been a scientist all of his life, he has always tried to follow Christ’s teaching in Franciscan humility. 

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Nicholas Matthews

Nicholas Matthews' is the author of The Nine Veils: The Reputation of God & Our Struggle for Identity.

Originally from the UK, Nik has lived, worked in and travelled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. In recent years he has been leading schools where students are encouraged to discover and practice their faith in the classroom and on mission. 

With 20 years of full-time volunteer work he’s seen first-hand many of the challenges of this world and his faith persuades him there is an answer. 

Nik now resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, Sarah, and two sons. He works full-time for YWAM. 

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Dr. David W. T. Brattston

Dr. David W. T. Brattston resides in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  He holds degrees from three universities, and his articles on early and contemporary Christianity have been published by a wide variety of denominations in every major English-speaking country.  He is also the author of the four-volume Traditional Christian Ethics.  Some of his work has been published in Roman Catholic magazines and websites in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, and Japan.

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Sandee Freese

Sandee Freese is a retired upper-elementary school teacher who taught reading to third, fourth, and fifth grade students.  She has learned from experience that students of this age level want to independently read ‘chapter books’ like their older siblings or acquaintances. 

She has also observed that this age level child loves idioms and is fascinated with solving mysteries.  Children of this age also like fantasy so they can use their imaginations.  The Core Mystery was created to give them all these features as well as to give them a clear understanding of the Gospel. 

Mrs. Freese lives in Washington State, and she is married to Jim who is an orchardist who grows apples, pears, and cherries.  One day while walking through their orchard, the thought struck her concerning the wonder of fruit trees and that they give their fruit to mankind each year.  She marveled at the fact that fruit trees have been on earth since Creation and that they will also be represented in heaven.  It was at that moment God seemed to put these ideas into her thoughts about a book, and they blossomed into this light-hearted book which is written in an easily understood format in order to bring the Gospel and its deep mystery to light.

It is her prayer that this book would bring readers and listeners to a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Scriptures as well as to a greater love and appreciation for our God and Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  

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Russell Lawson

Russell Lawson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first intellectual interest was in ancient Greek mythology, which led to a lifelong fascination with the history of the ancient Mediterranean. He matriculated at Oklahoma State University from 1975 to 1979, majoring in history. From 1980 to 1982, he studied at OSU for a Master's degree in Ancient Mediterranean history. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. He lived in New Hampshire from 1982 to 1991, during which time he researched and wrote on New England history. He has taught at schools in New England, Oklahoma, and Ontario. Dr. Lawson teaches and writes on scientists, explorers, and missionaries; the history of America, Europe, and the world; and the history of ideas. He has written over a dozen and a half books. He is currently Professor of History at Bacone College. He is married, has three sons, and four rescue pups.

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The Spalding Enigma Authors

WAYNE L. COWDREY is related to Oliver Cowdery, who was Joseph Smith's cousin and chief scribe during the production of the Book of Mormon. As it turns out, Oliver's grandfather, William Cowdery Sr., was Wayne's uncle, six times removed.

Wayne's curiosity about Oliver's involvement in the production of the Book of Mormon initially led him to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but after discussing the facts supporting the Spalding Enigma with Howard Davis and others, he left the Church.  In 1975, he teamed up with them to co-author the 1977 book, Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?, published by Vision House, Santa Ana, CA.  


Wayne’s persistent research and his more than forty year association with Howard Davis and Arthur Vanick resulted in the 2005 book, Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? - The Spalding Enigma, published by Concordia Publishing House.  Since then, Wayne has joined Howard and Art in several radio interviews.

Wayne lives in Orange County,  CA.


HOWARD A. DAVIS, Th.D. is an author, lecturer, holistic health consultant, Bible instructor, and corporate executive. As a co-author of the 1977 work Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?, and an expert on the Spalding Enigma for over forty years, Howard has made numerous lecture and media appearances on the subject. Like his associate Wayne Cowdrey, Howard has endured both threats of violence and an assassination attempt-- q.v. Moody Monthly Magazine, Nov. 1977, pp.10-11 for the story.

Howard is involved in the holistic health industry. He is also a  recognized expert on certain aspects of criminology, and is the author of the controversial book The Zodiac-Manson Connection, (Costa Mesa, CA: Pen Power, 1997).

Dr. Howard A. Davis is presently employed as vice president of research and development for a skin-care therapy corporation.


ARTHUR D. VANICK is a computer graphics expert and multi-media producer.  He worked in the aerospace industry for fifteen years where he was employed in a highly classified area in support of the national defense.  He met Howard and Wayne in 1975 and helped research and edit their 1977 book.  In 1993, he contacted Howard and Wayne about resuming the investigation of the Spalding Enigma.  He currently acts as spokesperson for the group.  Art has done many radio interviews and public appearances on behalf of his co-authors and the book. He resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Cheryl.   


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