With the December 2000 issue of Reason & Revelation, we celebrated twenty years of publishing the journal. And what a marvelous twenty years it has been! Along the way, the work of Apologetics Press has flourished in ways we never could have dreamed. From the smallest of beginnings, it has grown into a work thatif we are to believe the mail that crosses our desks practically every business dayis a blessing to the lives of countless thousands of people, both young and old alike.
Over the last 2-3 years, however, the growth has been so incredible that, quite honestly, my staff and I have had trouble keeping up. Furthermore, as I discussed in my Note from the Editor in the November 2000 issue of R&R, Trevor Major, who had served with distinction as our Director of Scientific Information for almost fifteen years, resigned on October 1 in order to study toward his doctorate.
Just a year ago, in January 2000, Kyle Butt joined us as our new Director of Biblical Research. Upon Trevors departure, Kyle and I shared the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the work, which include researching, writing, and editing articles for our two monthly journals (Reason and Revelation for adults and Discovery for children), traveling on speaking assignments, authoring new books and tracts, producing new audio/video tapes, keeping the content updated and current for each of our amazingly popular Web sites (ApologeticsPress.org and DiscoveryMagazine.com), responding to the hundreds of requests for information and assistance that arrive in our offices by regular mail, e-mail, and telephone each month, etc. Because we have been serving as the only two full-time, professional staff members since Trevors departure, all of these responsibilities (and many more!) have been ones that we have had to assume by necessity.
As thrilled as we are about the unprecedented growth, Kyle and I have had to face the fact that there simply are not enough hours in the day for us to handle these tasks by ourselves. For example, the number of people subscribing to Reason and Revelation has more than tripled in the past two years, going from 4,000 subscribers in 1998 to almost 15,000 as of this month; the number of children receiving Discovery has doubledgoing from 5,000 to almost 10,000! We therefore desperately needed another professional staff member to assist us. But, as most of our readers are well aware, we always have been extremely cautious in our hiring procedures. We want to ensure that the soundness of the work is protected for many years to come, so that the blessings derived from it may be available for future generations even yet unborn.
For approximately the past year, I have had my eye on an amazing young man by the name of Eric Lyons who, I believed, had the potential (just like Kyle) to be a valuable asset to our work. Eric, who is 24, holds an earned B.S. degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, and is in the process of completing his M.Min. degree. He not only is a faithful Christian, but also a serious Bible student. As he neared completion of his graduate degree, I invited Eric and his wife Jana (and their small son, Elijah) to visit our facilities. I explained that we needed a new Director of Research, and asked if he might be interested in filling that position upon completion of his Masters degree. He accepted my offer, and on January 1 began his new job with us. I have asked him to author this months feature article (the first of many, I assure you). I commend Eric to you unreservedly. Call or write him if he can be of assistance to you in any way. He, like Kyle, is available for speaking engagements.
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