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

Meet The Christian View magazine's owner:

         The Christian View magazine is owned by Karen Brewer, a native of Pickens County with deep roots in Pickens County and the Jocassee area of Oconee County. 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 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Liberal Arts, with a major in English and a minor in Writing (Journalism), from Clemson University and a Master of Arts degree in English (American and British Literature) from Clemson University. For her undergraduate degree, in addition to English courses (including American literature courses, British literature courses, Shakespeare, poetry, drama, film, journalism, feature writing, playwriting, short story writing, fiction writing, and American humor), her studies in the Liberal Arts also included solar system astronomy, stellar astronomy, multivariable calculus, math analysis, finite probability, history of England, history of western civilization, history of the Roman world, philosophy/logic, psychology, American politics, American Constitutional law, health, and three foreign languages (and racquetball as a fun elective). From age 18 to age 21, while an undergraduate student, she was employed for three years by Clemson University's Media Relations (News Services and University Relations), where she wrote Clemson University press releases sent to the news media, wrote articles published in Clemson World magazine and other university publications, and wrote the script for a Clemson University television commercial about the university's history. Also while an undergraduate student, she wrote 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 free printed newsletter 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). She reported on city, county, state, and national government (including interviewing city, county, state, and national political candidates for public office, as well as reporting on County Council and City Councils); education (including reporting on the school board and the county's elementary, middle, and high schools and Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Tri-County Technical College); veterans events (including reporting on all events of the American Legion Pickens Post 11); law enforcement (including reporting on crime and court); local history; local events, and she interviewed local citizens, to share their life stories, and she reported on churches and many non-profit organizations to help publicize the mission of each of those organizations. (Non-profit organizations she reported on included Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County/The Parenting Place, Hope Women's Center, MARY's House, Rape Crisis, Meals on Wheels, Helping Hands, Miracle Hill Ministries, Good News Club, Home with a Heart, 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, Gideons, Rotary Clubs, Clemson Community Care, Pickens County Historical Society, Pickens County Literacy Association, Boy Scouts, and more). She also wrote a first-person column, entitled "Reflections", in each issue of The Sentinel, beginning in November of 1999. While Editor of The Sentinel, she also worked as a stringer (reporting on elections) for The Associated Press (AP), and she was published in several other publications, including several issues of Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, when local historians asked her to write several history/tourism articles about places of interest in Pickens County. The Pickens Sentinel's then owner, Jerry Alexander, sold the newspaper in late 2001, which was the same year that Brewer joined her church and began to incorporate Christian themes in much of her writing. The effective date of the sale was January of 2002, and The Sentinel's former General Manager, Don Hunt, who had hired her, passed away in November of that same year. In 2004, after a family member was saved while in the hospital before passing away, Brewer felt led to devote more time to sharing Jesus and the Gospel message through writing, and, after seeking advice from her Pastor, she left The Sentinel in order to create this publication and to focus on Christian journalism. 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.