This month we welcome David Neff to our staff as an associate editor. David has done an exceptional job as editor of HIS, standing in a long line of evangelical leaders who preceded him in that post (see photos).

Last year, about a dozen CTi editors attended Walter Wangerin’s writers’ conference in Indiana, where we met Virginia Grabill, a delightful and spirited professor of English at the University of Evansville. In 1947, as Virginia Lowell, she succeeded Ken Taylor as editor of HIS.

Virginia told us that at first she had to use her initials to mask her gender. Perhaps it’s a sign we have come at least a little distance that Linda Doll, David’s predecessor at HIS, gave no thought to disguising her identity. Linda now directs InterVarsity Press, which publishes both HIS magazine and an excellent line of books.

HIS was born in 1941 and, without exception, its editors have made significant contributions. I personally think of Bob Walker, editor of Christian Life; Ken Taylor, translator of The Living Bible and chairman of Tyndale House Publishers; Joe Bayly of David C. Cook Publishing Company, who has written his Eternity column for more than 25 years; Steve Board, editor of Eternity for 8 years (now also with Cook), who is currently giving us major editing help with the Christianity Today Institute; Paul Fromer of Wheaton College, who serves as our deputy editor, working closely with Ken Kantzer on editorials and on major projects.

So, David has a unique history behind him. I mentioned to Gordon MacDonald, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s new president, and to Linda that I felt a bit of guilt in taking David from that significant post. But only a few weeks later Linda recruited Verne Becker, one of our editors on CAMPUS ...

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