This column started in September 2003; I joined as staff in September 2004. On my first day I met Amy MacLachlan returning from her honeymoon. It was during Amy's first maternity leave that Connie Wardle joined us. Caroline Bishop, our art director, came on board in 2005. Deborah Leader, our circulation manager, also arrived a little over a decade ago.
With David Harris, editor and publisher, this has been the team, along with designer Salina Vanderhorn and web master Wil McGilvery, that has produced the magazine for the past 10 years. There was a hierarchy of sorts, we all had job titles that suggested various responsibilities, but we all participated on all levels of production-sourcing ideas, developing stories, writing, editing, copy editing.
Along the way there were two weddings--Caroline's and Connie's. And six children--Caroline's three, Amy's two, David's one. Plus, Connie is expecting in March. My own predated my tenure here by two years.
Caroline taught me the importance of the visual. She gave the magazine its look--its body, if you will. Incarnated. She gave physical presence to a steady stream of theological essays. Month after month I was moved by the worship she created with her art direction.
Weeks after Connie joined us I asked David to find extra money; we had to keep her. She was fresh from school and a preacher's kid--two obvious marks against her. But she's smart and a natural storyteller. Two of her pieces, which only appeared online, rank amongst my favourites of her work--her trip to Jordan and her Reformation tour (with wine!). Beautifully paced observations.
I will miss Amy--the editorial critiques, the passionate faith and wisdom. The magazine should have moved away...