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. Founded in 2004, The Christian View magazine is locally and independently owned, operated, and printed in Pickens County, South Carolina by veteran journalist Karen Brewer, a Pickens County native descended from the county’s first settlers (in 1743).
She majored in English (Literature) and minored in Journalism at Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts (which means a wide field of studies in English and also history, science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, government, constitutional law, and foreign languages). She also earned a Master of Arts degree in English (Literature) from Clemson University. 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 a WYFF Channel 4 television spot for the university. She was a staff writer for The Tiger student newspaper and wrote for The Clemson Messenger newspaper and, along with fellow journalism students, co-created and wrote articles for a recurring publication for Helping Hands of Clemson, a shelter and foster home for abused and neglected children.
For five years, 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 and feature stories as well as a first-person column entitled “Reflections.” She also worked as a stringer for The Associated Press, and her articles and photographs were published in additional publications, including Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina and The Baptist Courier, the statewide publication for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. She won awards, for news reporting and feature writing, from The South Carolina Press Association.
She left her career as a newspaper Editor to begin this Christian publication and focus on a mission of Christian journalism (with the first issue printed in June of 2004). This mission, of publishing good news and the Good News of the Gospel, is made possible through the support of advertising sponsors. Through this partnership, The Christian View magazine and sponsors work together to share the Gospel message through Christian journalism.