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 churches and organizations have been featured in The Christian View magazine, through one-on-one interviews and through coverage of many events, in hundreds of articles and more than 8,000 photographs.
After many years as a weekly online Christian news magazine, The Christian View magazine has returned to its roots as a quarterly printed magazine, with each new printed issue also available to read in a digital format here on The Christian View magazine’s new fully redesigned website.
Founded in 2004, The Christian View magazine is locally and independently owned, operated, and printed in Pickens County, South Carolina by Karen Brewer, a journalist and Pickens County native who is descended from the county’s first settlers (the Cornelius Keith family, who settled the area that is now Pickens County in 1743).
She is a graduate of Clemson University, where she majored in English (American and British Literature) and minored in Writing/Journalism and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts (a wide field of studies in English, history, science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, government, constitutional law, and foreign languages). She also earned a Master of Arts degree in English (American and British Literature) from Clemson University. For three years while an undergraduate student at Clemson, she was employed by Clemson University News Services and University Relations (Clemson University Media Relations), where she wrote press releases for the university, and wrote articles for the university’s Clemson World magazine and other university publications, and wrote the script for a television spot (which aired on the local NBC affiliate, WYFF Channel 4) about Clemson University’s history. While an undergraduate student at Clemson, she was also a staff writer for The Tiger student newspaper, and she wrote about Clemson University for The Clemson Messenger newspaper, and, along with fellow journalism students, she co-created and wrote articles for a recurring printed publication for Helping Hands of Clemson, a shelter and foster home for abused and neglected children.
From July 14, 1999 to May 13, 2004, she served all of the communities of Pickens County as the Editor of The Pickens Sentinel, a newspaper established in the county seat in 1871, and she wrote thousands of news stories and feature stories as well as a first-person column entitled “Reflections” during those five years. She simultaneously covered education, government, law enforcement, breaking news, local veterans’ events, and several other beats, and wrote about many local non-profit charitable organizations and many local events, and wrote in-depth feature stories about local citizens and local history. While Editor of The Sentinel, she was asked by the Associated Press to work as a stringer for the AP, reporting on political elections, and she was asked by local historians to write articles (about Pickens County tourism and historical places) for Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, and her articles and photographs were also published in other publications, including The Baptist Courier, the statewide publication for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The South Carolina Press Association presented her awards for news reporting and feature writing (for writing and photography).
Two years after The Sentinel was sold and the newspaper’s former General Manager passed away, she left her career as a newspaper Editor, after asking the advice of her Pastor, and founded this publication to focus on a mission of Christian journalism. The first issue of The Christian View was printed in June of 2004 by Hiott Printing. The magazine is now printed as a full color publication by Lighthouse Printing and is a part of Lighthouse Media, both owned by Brewer.
She has been a member of a Southern Baptist church since 2001, and the South Carolina Baptist Convention asked her to serve with six Baptist Pastors on the Convention’s Resolutions Committee, yet The Christian View magazine is not exclusive to one denomination but includes all denominations of the Christian faith. The Christian View magazine and the magazine’s sponsors partner together to share the Gospel message through Christian journalism.