Gary Shepherd is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Oakland University (Michigan), where he taught courses in research methods, social psychology, social theory and the sociology of religion.
Gordon Shepherd is Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Arkansas. where he teaches courses in statistics, social movements, social theory and the sociology of religion.
Together, the Shepherds have co-authored four books and numerous scholarly articles on both The Family International and Mormonism. Their books include A Kingdom Transformed: Themes in the Development of Mormonism (1984), Mormon Passage: a Missionary Chronicle (1998), Talking with the Children of God: Prophecy and Transformation in a Radical Religious Group (2010) and Binding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism (2012).