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The Christian View magazine - Serving Pickens County since 2004, locally owned and operated:

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 has always been individually and independently owned and operated in Pickens County, South Carolina by Karen Brewer, a Pickens County native and lifelong resident. Originally a quarterly publication printed by Hiott Printing Company in Pickens, South Carolina, thousands of copies of each issue of The Christian View were 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 developed into a digital magazine for this digital age and 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 is a member of a Southern Baptist church and she 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.

Serving Pickens County prior to 2004:


Prior to creating this publication, the owner, a native of Easley with ties to all parts of Pickens County, served Pickens County in her mother's and grandfather's native Pickens as Editor of The Pickens Sentinel (established in 1871), hired on July 13, 1999, when the newspaper was owned by Jerry Alexander and managed by the late Don Hunt. A respected and trusted journalist, she won statewide South Carolina Press Association awards for writing and for photography, for breaking news reporting and for feature writing. Working more than 60 hours per week, she wrote several hundred news and feature stories each year and reported throughout the year on local, county, state, and national government (Pickens County Council, several city councils, the Pickens County Planning Commission, the 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 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 Editor of The Sentinel, 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.  After being led to and getting involved in church, Brewer desired to write stories sharing the Christian faith, and, after Alexander sold the newspaper, and Hunt passed away, she felt led to begin a Christian publication, in order to focus on Christian journalism, and asked the advice of her Pastor before doing so. Three years later, her past co-workers at The Sentinel left, as well, some to begin a new newspaper, and she continues to wish them well in their endeavors. (The Sentinel has since been re-sold and has combined with a former competitor.) 

She graduated from high school with high honor, with an interest in journalism as a reporter for her high school newspaper for four years. Her first job was at the age of 16, working for the South Carolina Republican Party at the request of one of her teachers. After receiving some college course credit while in high school, she entered 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). Her interest in journalism continued in college, as, from age 18 to age 21 while a student at Clemson, she worked as a student writer for Clemson University Media Relations (News Services and University Relations) (writing for the university's Clemson World magazine and other university publications, writing a television commercial for Clemson University about its history, and writing Clemson University news releases, which were sent to the news media), and she was a staff writer for Clemson University's student newspaper, The Tiger, and 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 foster home and emergency shelter for abused and neglected children.

Although she has traveled extensively, her roots are deep in Pickens County, traced back to 1743, when her ancestor Cornelius Keith, a native of Scotland and the first pioneer in what is now known as Pickens County, moved with his family from Virginia and settled in the Cherokee territory that is known now as the Oolenoy area, trading one of his ponies for land from the native Cherokee Chief Woolenoy. 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 in the late 1700's, shortly after having served in the American Revolutionary War. (The native Cherokee of the Upstate of South Carolina had sided with the British during the Revolutionary War and were forced to give up their lands after the War. In 1791, the Washington District was formed by what is now Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties. In 1798, the Pendleton District was formed by what is now Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties. In 1828, the Pickens District comprised present-day Oconee and Pickens Counties. Pickens County and Oconee County were officially formed in 1868, when each split from the Pickens District.) Pickens County celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2018.


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, Clemson’s 100th birthday party for World War II Bataan Death March survivor Colonel Ben Skardon, 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 Pastors, retired Pastors, evangelists, Associate Pastors, Southern Baptist Convention Presidents, seminary Presidents and professors, 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.

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