History of Christian Activities Magazine

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Kathryn E. Darden
Dec 31, 2000
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Launched in 1992 as a newsletter serving Nashville’s Christian music industry, the four-page publication quickly grew into a 16 - 20-page statewide magazine. In 1995, Christian Activities starting its online presence on GeoCities. By 1996, the newsletter had become a statewide magazine and was already being distributed in Alabama. In 1997, Christian Activities began distribution in parts of Kentucky and Georgia.

Publisher Kathryn E. Darden is a Nashville native who has worked in the Christian music industry since the late 80's when Darden & Associates was launched as a promotions and publicity agency. In while working with Koinonia Christian Books and Ministries in 1989, Darden began publishing the Creative ReSOURCE Directory which has become the leading source of information about Nashville’s Christian music industry businesses. Also an offshoot of her work with Koinonia was the Koinonia Concert Calendar, a one-page handout of local church and concert activities that was the foundation for Christian Activities Magazine.

Christian Activities Nashville continued this relationship forged with the local CCM community and churches by providing monthly information on local concerts, industry personalities, music reviews and other articles. Its popularity caught on across the state resulting in the magazine changing its name at the beginning of 1996 to Christian Activities Tennessee. 20,000 copies of Christian Activities have been distributed across Tennessee each month.

Personalities who have been cover stories include Amy Grant, Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, dc Talk, CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston, Billy Graham, Kirk Cameron and Gary Chapman.

Christian Activities has received several awards and honors including a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Phil Bredeson on our Fifth Anniversary and serving as the official church liason publication for Tennessee 200 during Tennessee's Bicentennial.

Christian Activities On-Line was introduced at the end of 1995 and has undergone several manifestations before becoming the comprehensive Christian website you are visiting now.

The address for Christian Activities Publications is P.O. Box 210182, Nashville, TN 37221-0182.

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