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The Christian View magazine - Serving Pickens County since 2004:

The Christian View magazine is a faith-based ministry of Christian journalism, with in-depth articles and a wide range of interviews and coverage of events, made financially possible through advertising sponsors and subscribers. The Christian View magazine is individually and independently owned and operated in Pickens County, South Carolina. Originally a quarterly publication, with thousands of printed copies of each issue delivered to churches and businesses in Pickens County and in other parts of the Upstate of South Carolina and mailed to other locations in the United States, The Christian View magazine developed into a digital magazine for this digital age. The Christian View magazine online has reached readers throughout Pickens County and the Upstate and other parts of South Carolina, in every state in the United States, and in 173 countries around the world. Although the owner/Publisher/Editor, Karen Brewer, is a Southern Baptist and has served with Southern Baptist Pastors on the South Carolina Baptist Convention's Resolutions Committee, The Christian View magazine is not solely a Baptist publication, as it also includes other denominations within the Christian faith. Since its inception in 2004, The Christian View magazine's two symbols have been the cross and a lighthouse, the theme has been 'Shining the Light of Christ', and the theme verse has been Matthew 5:16, as the focus of this publication is to shine the light of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When you subscribe, you are partnering with The Christian View magazine in making a difference in our community and beyond, using journalism as a tool to help spread the Gospel, share good news, encourage readers, and help other ministries and non-profit organizations by publicizing them.

A subscription payment may be made by check or online with a checking account debit card or a major credit card or a PayPal account.  (No PayPal account is required to make a subscription payment online, but the transaction is processed securely by PayPal on its secure server.) After payment is received, The Christian View magazine will send username and password information to the subscriber for access to all areas of the digital magazine. If you have any questions, please contact Subscriptions@TheChristianViewMagazine.com. Gift subscriptions are also available, at only $15 per year, if subscribers wish to order for friends or family members. A gift subscription is a great way to share the Gospel as well as share good news from our community.


Serving Pickens County prior to 2004:


Prior to creating The Christian View magazine, this publication's owner, Easley native Karen Brewer, served her native Pickens County as Editor of The Pickens Sentinel, hired when the newspaper was owned by veteran newspaperman and local history author Jerry Alexander. A respected and trusted journalist, she won statewide South Carolina Press Association awards for writing and photography, for news reporting and feature writing. She wrote several hundred news and feature stories each year and reported each year on local, county, state, and national government (city councils in Pickens County, Pickens County Council, Pickens County Planning Commission, Pickens County Water Authority, the South Carolina State Legislature, as well as U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. President), education (the Pickens County  School District and Pickens County School Board, the county's 24 (at that time) elementary, middle, and high schools, and Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, and Tri-County Technical College), law enforcement and crime (the Pickens County Sheriff's Office as well as police departments in the county), Pickens County court, local museums and local history,  news about veterans from the American Legion, news about churches and other non-profit charitable organizations, local events, local citizen profiles, sports features, and more. She also wrote a column, entitled Reflections, in each issue of the newspaper. While a newspaper Editor, she also reported on political elections as a stringer for the Associated Press, and she was published as a writer and photographer for several historical and tourism articles about Pickens County in several issues of Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, and she was published as a writer and photographer of Pickens County church-related news in The South Carolina Baptist Convention's state publication, The Baptist Courier.

She was educated in Pickens County schools, having graduated from high school with high honor and then entering 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). From age 18 to age 21, she worked as a student writer for Clemson University Media Relations (News Services and University Relations), writing news releases for Clemson University, writing for the university's Clemson World magazine, and writing a television commercial for Clemson University about its history. Also while an undergraduate student, she wrote about Clemson University's Strom Thurmond Institute for The Clemson Messenger newspaper, and she and fellow journalism students created a publication for Helping Hands of Clemson, a home for abused and neglected children, and she was a staff writer for Clemson University's student newspaper, The Tiger (following four years as a staff writer for her high school newspaper).


What will readers find in the pages of The Christian View magazine?

The Christian View magazine's in-depth interviews with Pastors, retired Pastors, evangelists, missionaries, chaplains, seminary Presidents and professors, Southern Baptist Convention Presidents and leaders, singers and musicians, speakers, authors, veterans, sports leaders, Christian mural artists, leaders in public service, individuals overcoming addictions or living their faith through trials, and leaders involved in ministries including Home with a Heart Christian Rehabilitation Home, Helping Hands of Clemson Children’s Home for abused and neglected children, Country Santa, Released Time Bible Education, the Pickens County YMCA Mentor Program, Royal Ambassadors McCall Camp, The Parenting Place (Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County), The Dream Center of Pickens County, The Lions Club, and more.

The Christian View magazine's coverage of events such as the filming of the Gaither Tent Revival Homecoming on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in North Carolina, Jeff and Sheri Easter's Homecoming Concert at the Lewis Family Homeplace in Georgia, Greater Vision’s benefit concert for Haven of Rest Ministries in Anderson, local veterans’ events, local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) events, athletic events including the high school Senior League Baseball World Series in Easley and Special Olympics events in Central, Clemson’s 100th birthday party for World War II Bataan Death March survivor Colonel Ben Skardon, total solar eclipse events in Pickens County, the opening of the Pickens County Performing Arts Center, the 'Make America Great Again, God's Way' event at the Pickens County Performing Arts Center, the Central Railway Museum’s train show in Easley, festivals including the Pickens Azalea Festival, the Central Railroad Festival, Six Mile’s Issaqueena Festival, and Oolenoy’s Pumpkin Festival, and more.

The Christian View magazine's coverage of local fundraisers including Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s Blue Ridge Fest and fundraisers for Hope Women’s Center crisis pregnancy center, Child Evangelism Fellowship (Good News Club), Released Time Bible Education, MARY’S House domestic violence shelter, The Parenting Place (Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County), The Dream Center of Pickens County, The Kidney Walk, Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Pickens County, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Oconee County, Haven of Rest Ministries, Pickens County Literacy Association, Friends of the Pickens County Library, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, fundraisers for churches, and more.

The Christian View magazine's coverage of local history and tourism, museums, community centers (including the Hagood Community Center/Pickens Senior Center and the Holly Springs Center), trails and parks (including the Doodle Trail and Doodle Park), Christian motorcyclists, quilters, mission trips, human interest stories.… and more.

In addition, guest writers for The Christian View magazine have included seminary Presidents and professors, Pastors, retired Pastors, evangelists, Associate Pastors, Southern Baptist Convention Presidents, chaplains, missionaries, retired educators, South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders, and leaders of ministries including Celebrate Recovery, Haven of Rest Ministries, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, and The Dream Center.…and more.

The Christian View magazine will be including more local history, as the owner/Publisher/Editor has always had an interest in history, and her ancestors have lived in Pickens County for as long as 275 years. Her ancestor Cornelius Keith, a native of Scotland, was the first settler in what is now known as Pickens County when he settled the Oolenoy area in the 1740's.  Other of her ancestors (whose forebears included Native Americans as well as those who came to other parts of America in the early 1600's from England and Ireland) settled in what is now Pickens County shortly after serving in the American Revolutionary War. (Pickens County and Oconee County were officially formed in 1868, when each split from the Pickens District. Prior to the Pickens District, the Pendleton District was formed by what is now Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties.)