The Christian View magazine  
A ministry of Christian journalism...always truth and good news
Shining the Light of Christ
Matthew 5:16

The Christian View magazine is owned and published by Karen Brewer, a Pickens County native with deep family roots in Pickens County and the Jocassee Valley of Oconee County, where her maternal grandmother was born. Her ancestors include Pickens County's first settlers, the Cornelius Keith family (who settled in what is now Pickens County nearly three centuries ago, in 1743), as well as other ancestors who settled in this area from other states after having served in the Revolutionary War.

She is a graduate of Clemson University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts, with a major in English (Literature) and a minor in Writing (Journalism), and a Master of Arts degree in English (American and British Literature). Although her undergraduate degree concentrated on English courses (including American and British literature, Shakespeare, poetry, drama, film, journalism, feature writing, playwriting, short story writing, fiction writing, and American humor), her Liberal Arts degree also encompassed a wide range of courses, including solar system astronomy, stellar astronomy, multivariable calculus, math analysis, finite probability, history (of England, and of the western civilization, and of the Roman world), philosophy/logic, psychology, American politics, American Constitutional law, health, and three foreign languages. For a fun elective at Clemson, she took racquetball, as she has always loved sports and played volleyball and softball as a member of her high school teams.

From age 18 to age 21, while an undergraduate student, she was employed for three years by Clemson University's News Services and University Relations (Media Relations), where she wrote Clemson University press releases sent to, and published in, newspapers, and wrote articles published in Clemson University's Clemson World alumni magazine and other university publications, and wrote the script for a Clemson University television spot (commercial), about the university's history, which aired on television. Also while an undergraduate student, she wrote as a staff writer for The Tiger student newspaper, wrote stories about Clemson University's Strom Thurmond Institute for The Clemson Messenger community newspaper and, with fellow journalism students, co-created and wrote articles for a printed newsletter, distributed free in the Clemson area, for Helping Hands of Clemson, an emergency shelter and home for abused children, to assist that organization in its mission of helping children.

As Editor/Writer/Photographer of The Pickens Sentinel newspaper from July 14, 1999 to May 13, 2004, she wrote thousands of stories in reporting the news across Pickens County, and she received statewide awards from the South Carolina Press Association for writing and photography (breaking news and feature writing), as well as plaques of appreciation from organizations including the American Legion Pickens Post 11 and Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County/The Parenting Place for reporting on their events. She reported on city, county, state, and national government (including interviewing city, county, state, and national political candidates for public office, as well as attending meetings and reporting on Pickens County Council and City Councils in the county); education (including attending meetings and reporting on the Pickens County School Board and covering events at the county's elementary, middle, and high schools and Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Tri-County Technical College); veterans events (including covering all events of the American Legion Pickens Post 11); law enforcement (including the Pickens County Sheriff's Office and city police departments in Pickens County), court cases; local history; local festivals and other events (including the Blue Ridge Fest, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's annual meeting, the Pickens Azalea Festival, the Six Mile Issaqueena Festival, the Pumpkintown Pumpkin Festival, Pickens County Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society, the BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, the Big League World Series baseball tournament, and more), and she interviewed local citizens, to share their life stories. In addition, to help support the mission of local churches and non-profit organizations, she wrote many articles about churches (including their mission trips and other news) and non-profit organizations, including Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County/The Parenting Place, Hope Women's Center (a Christian pro-life pregnancy care center), WORTH House and MARY's House (shelters for victims of domestic violence), Home with a Heart (a Christian rehabilitation home for men overcoming addictions), Rape Crisis Council, Meals on Wheels (which delivers meals to homebound senior citizens), Helping Hands of Clemson (a shelter/home for abused children), Miracle Hill Ministries, Good News Club, Country Santa, the Pickens Senior Center, local Lions Clubs, United Way of Pickens County, United Christian Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Pickens County Christian Learning Centers/Released Time for Christian Education, the Gideons, local Rotary Clubs, Clemson Community Care, the Pickens County Historical Society, the Pickens County Literacy Association, the Pickens Boy Scouts of Troop 51, and more). She also wrote a first-person column, entitled "Reflections", in each issue of The Sentinel, beginning in November of 1999.

While she was the Editor of The Pickens Sentinel, she was asked by the Associated Press (AP) to work as a stringer for the AP, reporting news on political elections. Her photography and feature articles were published in several other publications, including several issues of Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, when Pickens County historians asked her to write several history-tourism articles about local places of interest.

In 2001, Brewer joined her church and began to incorporate Christian themes in much of her writing. Late that year, The Pickens Sentinel's then owner, Jerry Alexander, sold the newspaper, with the effective date of the sale in January of 2002, and The Sentinel's former General Manager, Don Hunt, who had hired her, passed away in November of 2002. In March of 2004, after a family member was saved while in the hospital before passing away, Brewer felt led to devote more time to sharing the Gospel message through writing, and, after seeking advice from her Pastor, she left The Sentinel in May of 2004 in order to create a Christian publication and to focus on Christian journalism. The first issue of The Christian View was printed in June of 2004. All of her former co-workers later left The Sentinel, as well. She has fond memories of her time at the newspaper, where the staff was close-knit, like a family. Jerry Alexander passed away in November of 2018.

With The Christian View, in print and online, she has endeavored to share one-on-one interviews and in-depth articles on individuals who share about their lives and their Christian faith, and she has attempted to assist churches and non-profit organizations in their mission. And, when the South Carolina Baptist Convention asked her to serve, with six Pastors, on the seven-member Resolutions committee, she used the opportunity to try to assist organizations that seek to save the lives of pre-born children, because she felt it was the right thing to do, and she wrote a resolution, which was passed during the annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, encouraging South Carolina Baptists to support pro-life crisis pregnancy care centers, such as Pickens County's own Hope Women's Center as well as others across the state.

For several years, The Christian View was printed by Hiott Printing, in Pickens, South Carolina. As of November, 2019, with the special veterans issue printed in full color, The Christian View magazine is now printed by Lighthouse Printing, founded and owned by Karen Brewer.

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