As a lighthouse, shining the light of Christ, The Christian View magazine has always published truth and good news and the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More than 1,700 individuals and numerous organizations and churches have been featured in The Christian View magazine (in print and online), through one-on-one interviews and through coverage of many events. Founded by and owned by journalist Karen Brewer, The Christian View magazine is locally owned and operated in her native Pickens County, South Carolina.
The Christian View magazine began in 2004 as an 11″x15″ quarterly publication printed by Hiott Printing Company in Pickens, South Carolina. After a few years as a free print publication, it transitioned to a free online only digital magazine, with more than 1,000 webpages of articles and more than 8,000 photographs. In recent years, a few special free issues have been printed in addition to the many articles and photographs published in the online digital magazine throughout the year each year. (In 2018, a special 11″x15″ free print issue of The Christian View magazine celebrated Pickens County’s sesquicentennial (and 1,200 additional photographs of sesquicentennial events were published in the digital magazine). In 2019, a special 44-page 8.5″x11″ free print issue, honoring local veterans and those who died while serving our country, was the first issue printed by Lighthouse Printing, founded by Karen Brewer in Pickens County. In 2021, a special 8.5″x11″ free print issue, dedicated to Coach Bobby Bowden and the legacy of his Christian faith, was printed by Lighthouse Printing.) In late 2021, due to The Christian View magazine’s web hosting service provider eliminating its older website builder version (and removing all website pages built with that older version), a new website was needed for The Christian View magazine. In 2022, The Christian View magazine will offer readers free 8.5″x11″ print issues, printed by Lighthouse Printing, and this new website will feature each of the new print publications in pdf form, available for readers to view online free in addition to the free print publications.
The Christian View magazine’s Publisher and Editor, Karen Brewer, is twice a graduate of Clemson University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Literature) and Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in English (Literature). In addition to studies in American literature, British literature (Medieval period, Romantic period, and Shakespeare), and poetry, as well as journalism, fiction writing, structure of drama, playwriting, film, and American humor, her undergraduate Liberal Arts degree also included studies in American Constitutional law, American politics, history of western civilization, history of England, England’s cultural history, history of the Roman world, solar system astronomy, stellar astronomy, mathematical analysis, multivariable calculus, philosophy, psychology, Spanish, Italian, and French.
While a full-time undergraduate student at Clemson, she worked for three years for Clemson University News Services and University Relations (Clemson University Media Relations), housed in the Trustee House on campus. Employed as a writer for the university, she wrote Clemson University news stories and feature stories (as press releases sent to and published in various newspapers), and she wrote articles published in Clemson World alumni magazine and other university publications, and she wrote a WYFF Channel 4 television spot for Clemson University about the school’s history. Also while an undergraduate student at Clemson University, she wrote news stories as a staff writer for the university’s weekly student newspaper, The Tiger, and she wrote about Clemson University for The Clemson Messenger community newspaper, and, with fellow journalism students, she co-created and wrote articles for a free printed newsletter for Helping Hands of Clemson, an emergency shelter and home for abused and neglected children, to assist that organization in its ministry of helping children.
As the Editor of The Pickens Sentinel from July of 1999 to May of 2004, she wrote hundreds of news stories and feature stories each year, simultaneously covering many beats, including government (on the city, county, state, and national levels), education (the Pickens County School Board and news at the county’s elementary, middle, and high schools and local universities), law enforcement (local crime and court cases), local veterans groups, and much more, and she wrote many stories about many local charitable organizations and churches (to assist those organizations with their ministries), and she also wrote a first-person column, entitled “Reflections”, in each issue of the newspaper. She was presented awards from the South Carolina Press Association for writing and photography (news reporting and feature writing). During the time she worked as a newspaper Editor, the Associated Press (AP) asked her to work as a stringer, covering political elections, and she was asked to write Pickens County historical-tourism articles for Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, and her photography and articles were published in additional publications, including The Baptist Courier, statewide publication of The South Carolina Baptist Convention.
After The Sentinel was sold to new owners, she left her work as a newspaper Editor to begin this Christian publication in order to focus on a mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through journalism. (All of her fellow staff members left the newspaper, as well. Some have also continued work in journalism and are doing well in this profession.)
The South Carolina Baptist Convention asked her to serve, with six Baptist Pastors, as a member of the Convention’s Resolutions Committee. She is a Southern Baptist, having joined her church in 2001, but all denominations of the Christian faith have been welcomed in the pages of The Christian View magazine.