A brief history
MESSENGER traces its beginnings to 1851, when Henry Kurtz published the first issue of The Gospel Visitor. The next 30 years saw 33 more periodicals begun. Numerous consolidations and name changes occurred in the years leading up to 1883, when the first issue of The Gospel Messenger was published. It was considered the official church paper, though it was not actually owned by the church until 1897, when the church assumed ownership of the Brethren Publishing House.
Many years later, in 1965, editor Kenneth I. Morse brought dramatic changes. The paper became a biweekly magazine, took on a completely new look, and shortened its name—to simply MESSENGER.
As magazine publishing became increasingly expensive, MESSENGER became a monthly magazine in 1973. It currently has 10 issues annually, with a combined issue in January/February and July/August.
MESSENGER continues to be the official magazine of the Church of the Brethren and is published in Elgin, Ill. Wendy McFadden serves as publisher.
[adapted from The Brethren Encyclopedia]