The Winds of Change

by Justin Lonas

Ted Kyle (right) with Justin LonasChange, it has often been said, is life's only constant. In the past few years, this has been especially true at Pulpit Helps. Since the summer of 2006, we've had a new publisher and been through two advertising representatives. We've gained a columnist (John Meador) and ended a few columns. We've totally redesigned the print magazine and the website and even changed the subscription price. About the only things that haven't changed (and will never on my watch) are our commitment to the Word of God and our desire to equip you, the readers, with the tools to study that Word and effectively teach your churches.

The most recent instance of change is the retirement from regular duty of our managing editor, Ted Kyle. Ted came to Pulpit Helps as a volunteer in July of 1993, bringing a wealth of publishing experience and a fervent desire to spread the gospel, to a position he has filled with enthusiasm ever since. He and his wife Marga moved from Chattanooga to the Willamette Valley of Oregon in 2001, where he has continued to serve via e-mail and telephone.

Ted's consistent provision of material for the publication and keen eye for editing set the tone for the magazine for many years, and will indeed be a tough act to follow. His insightful editorials (and columns under the pen name "The Old Scot") have always delved into the Scriptures for wisdom and blessed many readers through the years. Additionally, Ted has become a good friend and mentor to me. Our daily phone conversations and my annual visits to Oregon will be sorely missed. Still, even in retirement, he has expressed a desire to continue contributing articles as inspiration strikes, and I've assured him that there will always be a spot in the publication for him. Please take the time to share your appreciation for his many contributions to this ministry.

We've taken the occasion of Ted's departure to restructure the responsibilities of our staff as a whole. I will transition into the position of editor-in-chief, and I look forward to continuing to serve you by providing the quality of content you've come to expect from us. We have just brought David Riley on board as our operations manager, He will be responsible for making sure that the magazine gets to you on time and in good shape each month, as well as telling other pastors and teachers about the publication. Lisa Bluford, our very capable design editor, and advertising coordinator Mark Livesay will continue in their roles. We look forward to continue serving you as a staff, and, as always, please let us know how we can do our best!

Justin Lonas is editor-in-chief of Pulpit Helps magazine.

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