The Christian View magazine  
A ministry of Christian journalism...Shining the Light of Christ
Matthew 5:16

The Christian View magazine, a news magazine for all Christian denominations, is locally and independently owned and operated in Pickens County, South Carolina and has shared good news from our communities with readers in the Upstate and across the state of South Carolina, in all 50 states across the United States, and in 173 countries around the world.

The magazine's founder and owner is journalist and Pickens County native Karen Brewer. She is an alumna of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts, with a Major in English (American and British Literature) and a Minor in Journalism, and a Master of Arts degree in English (American and British Literature). While an undergraduate student at Clemson, from the ages of 18 to 21, she was employed by Clemson University's Media Relations, where she wrote university press releases, wrote articles for Clemson World magazine and other university publications, and wrote a television commercial for the university about its history. Also while a student, she wrote for The Tiger student newspaper, wrote for The Clemson Messenger newspaper, and wrote for a newsletter, co-created with fellow journalism students and distributed free, for Helping Hands of Clemson, an emergency shelter and home for abused and neglected children.

As the Editor of The Pickens Sentinel from July 14, 1999 to May 13, 2004, she wrote thousands of stories in reporting the news across Pickens County and received awards from the South Carolina Press Association for writing and photography. While Editor of The Sentinel, she also worked as a stringer for the Associated Press. Her writing and photography have also been published in several other newspapers and magazines. She left The Sentinel in order to begin this Christian publication, and, in June of 2004, published the first issue of The Christian View, which was printed by Hiott Printing Company in Pickens, South Carolina. (Several generations of the Hiott family previously owned The Pickens Sentinel, and Hiott Printing continued to print that newspaper until the end of 2001.) After a few years in print, The Christian View magazine transformed to an exclusively digital color magazine. In 2018, however, a special Sesquicentennial Issue of The Christian View magazine was printed to celebrate Pickens County's 150th anniversary and to share citizens' memories of Pickens County's Centennial Celebration from 1968. (A copy of this issue was placed in the time capsule buried at the Pickens County Courthouse in December of 2018, to be opened in 2068.) In addition, a special issue dedicated to honoring our veterans was printed in 2019. This special 44-page print issue marked the first time that a printed issue was in full color, and the size changed from large format to regular size, and the magazine was printed for the first time by Lighthouse Printing, founded by Karen Brewer. (Both of these special print issues can be read free online by clicking on the respective links above.) To learn more about the Publisher, click here. To read the Publisher's Reflections columns, click here.  Karen Brewer may be reached at Publisher@TheChristianViewMagazine.com
 
 

More than 1,700 people have been featured in The Christian View magazine:

        Local and Nationwide: 

             * pastors
             * evangelists
             * chaplains
             * missionaries
             * churches
             * singers and musicians
             * sports leaders (at the high school, university, and professional levels)
             * Christian speakers
             * authors
             * current military and veterans
             * law enforcement
             * firefighters
             * EMS
             * performing artists
             * journalists 
             * political leaders

       Local organizations including:

             * The American Legion Pickens Post 11
             * The American Legion Post 52 of Easley
             * The American Legion Post 67 of Liberty
             * The Marine Corps League of Pickens County
             * The Knights of Columbus
             * The American Cancer Society
             * The Daughters of the American Revolution
             * The Pickens County Historical Society
             * The Pickens County Literacy Association
             * The Pickens Lions Club
             * The Central Lions Club
             * The Easley Lions Club
             * The Boy Scouts of Troop 51 (Pickens)
             * The Boy Scouts of Troop 134 (Central/Six Mile)
             * The Boy Scouts of Troop 227 (Liberty)
             * The Boys Scouts of Troop 45 (Walhalla)
             * Cub Scouts Pack 130
             * American Heritage Girls
             * Christian motorcyclists
             * Friends of the Pickens County Library
             * The Holly Springs Center
             * The Hagood Community Center/The Pickens Senior Center
             * The Pumpkintown Community Club
             * Central Railway Model and Historical Association
             * Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
             * Upcountry Quilters Guild
             * Pickens County Advocacy Center
             * Pickens County First Steps
             * Clemson Sertoma Club
             * Safe Kids Upstate
             * Pickens Rotary
             * Clemson-Calhoun Rotary Club
             * Foothills Civitan Club
             * Kiwanis Club
             * 4-H
             * Department of Social Services Foster Care
     
       Ministries including:

             * Home with a Heart, a rehabilitation home in Liberty for men overcoming addition
             * Hope Women's Center, Pickens County's pro-life crisis pregnancy center located in Easley
             * Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County

             * Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
             * Operation Christmas Child
             * Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
             * Haven of Rest Ministries, located in Anderson County
             * MARY'S House, Pickens County's shelter for victims of domestic violence
             * Safe Harbor, a shelter for victims of domestic violence
             * Helping Hands of Clemson, a children's home for victims of abuse and neglect
             * The Parenting Place/Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County
             * Released Time Bible Education/Pickens County Christian Learning Center
             * Good News Clubs/Child Evangelism Fellowship
             * Country Santa, in Pumpkintown, providing Christmas gifts to thousands of children
             * Pickens County YMCA's Y Mentor program for mentoring youth
             * The Dream Center of Pickens County and Opportunity Village, helping the homeless
             * Pickens County Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to home-bound senior citizens
             * Camp McCall/McCall Royal Ambassador Camp
             * The Gideons, Liberty Camp
             * The Gideons, Pickens Camp
             * Habitat for Humanity
             * Pickens County Shelter of Hope
             * Family Promise
             * Café Connections in Pickens


        Festivals, fundraisers, and other events, including:

             * Blue Ridge Fest in Pickens, a fundraiser for local charities by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative
             * The Pickens Azalea Festival
             * The Central Railroad Festival
             * The Six Mile Issaqueena Festival
             * The Spring Fling Festival in Easley
             * The Celebrate Liberty Spring Festival in Liberty
             * The Pumpkin Festival in Pumpkintown
             * Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's meeting in Pickens, South Carolina
             * Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's Christmas tree lighting, held in Pickens
             * Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Golf Tournament to Benefit Operation Dragonfly 
             * Honoring Their Service Ride, honoring Marines from Camp LeJeune
             * Memorial Day events by local veterans of the American Legion
             * The Brandon Reunion, held in Greenville
             * The Model Train Expo, held in Easley, South Carolina
             * Senior League Baseball World Series and Fan Fest, held in Easley, South Carolina
             * The National Christian College Athletic Association Baseball World Series, held in Easley
             * Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill in Pickens
             * Ride for the Child Motorcycle Run, fundraiser for The Parenting Place
             * Run for the Younguns, benefitting Hope Women's Center
             * Wings and Wheels, fundraiser for Meals on Wheels
             * Partners for Prevention annual luncheon to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month
             * Haven of Rest's annual fundraising concert 
             * Walk for Life, fundraiser for Hope Women's Center
             * Relay for Life of Pickens County, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
             * Relay for Life of Oconee County, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
             * Doodle Trail Fun Run, fundraiser for MARY'S House
             * Get Colored Purple Fun Run, fundraiser for MARY'S House and Safe Harbor
             * The Dream Center of Pickens County's fashion show fundraiser for The Dream Center
             * Child Evangelism Fellowship's fundraising banquet
             * Upcountry Quilters Guild quilt show
            * Jeff and Sheri Easter's Homecoming Concert in Lincolnton, Georgia
            * Filming of The Gaithers' Homecoming Tent Revival at The Billy Graham Library
            * The Vietnam Moving Wall display and opening and closing ceremonies
            * Events at Southern Wesleyan University
            * Events at Clemson University
            * Events at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center
            * Mountain Bike Race
             * 5-K Trail Run
             * Doodle Trail Half-Marathon

and Pickens County's Sesquicentennial Events celebrating Pickens County's 150th birthday, with more than 1,200 photographs and a special printed edition of The Christian View magazine, accessible online.

       History and tourism, including:

             * The Pickens County Museum of Art and History
             * The Central Railway Museum 

             * The Central History Museum
             * The Bowen House in Pickens, home to journalist Ben Robertson's grandparents
             * McKinney Chapel in Sunset, South Carolina
             * Billy Graham's childhood home & the Billy Graham Library, in Charlotte, North Carolina
             * Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens
             * The Cherokee Path in Six Mile
             * Pickens Doodle Park and Doodle Trail
             * Easley Doodle Park and Doodle Trail
             * Pickens' Town Creek Bike Park
             * Collins Ole Towne in Central
             * Tiny Town in Easley
             * The Sign Barn in Pickens

             * The Lewis Family Homeplace in Lincolnton, Georgia
      

       Interviews with those who have overcome addictions.

       Interviews with those who have faced health trials.

       Interviews with those who have lost loved ones to cancer or other diseases.

       Interviews with those who have faced natural disasters. 

       Interviews with families who have adopted children from other countries.

       Interviews with those who have gone on national and international mission trips.

       Interviews with local artists. 

       Interviews with other local citizens about their lives and sharing their faith.


    
In addition to articles by The Christian View magazine, guest writers who have written specifically for The Christian View magazine include:  

           * Beverly Edwards Breazeale
           * M.H. Brewer
           * Dr. Ben Davis, past President of Connie Maxwell Children's Home
         * Dr. Roger D. Duke, Assistant Professor of Religion and Communication at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee 
        * Dr. Will Graham, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Vice President and Associate Evangelist with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
           * Rev. Bryan Hester, Associate Pastor, Minister of Worship, Pickens First Baptist Church
           * Maye Hayes Jepson, Christian speaker
           * Joan Porter
           * Aaron and Brandi Riddle, missionaries, Foundations of Hope
           * N. Clifton 'Cliff' Satterwhite
           * Sid Stewart of Haven of Rest Ministries
           * Oscar Thorsland, retired Pickens County educator
           * Rev. Joey Turner, Assistant Program Coordinator of The Dream Center's Opportunity Village
           * Chris Wilson, Executive Director of The Dream Center of Pickens County
 
Also, the following guest writers have permitted The Christian View magazine to publish their sermons, devotions, or other writings: 

             * Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
             * Brenda Atkinson
             * Stephanie Bagwell
             * Julie Caldwell
             * Richard and Tanya Curren, Boundless Limits International & Scaly Adventures tv series
             * Sandy Fisher
             * Dr. David Gallamore, Pastor of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, SC   
            
* Dr. Wes Hansen, retired Pastor, Easley, South Carolina
             * Dr. Junior Hill, evangelist 
             * Dr. J. Stuart Houston, Pastor of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, Pickens, SC  
             * Dr. M. Randall Jones, evangelist
             * Becky Kirby
             * Carol McKinney, featured writer for Open Windows
             * Dr. Herb Reavis, Pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida          
             * Dr. Keith Shorter, Pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church, Easley, SC 
             * Captain Tim Wilson, United States Army Chaplain
           
  * Dr. Fred Wolfe, Pastor of Luke 4:18 Fellowship in Mobile, Alabama

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