Eternity Now Media & Ministries is headed by pastor and nationally award-winning journalist & PR professional Kyle Huckins, who has taught media and theology in higher education as well as the church and holds an earned doctorate. He has been a professional journalist since 1989 and ordained clergy starting in 2003. See what he can do for your church, nonprofit or business.
Huckins has been honored 25 times by such groups as the Evangelical Press Association, Religion Newswriters Association, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists for his professional work in small, medium and large media markets. He has received three awards for his scholarship, too, which has appeared in The Social Science Journal and Journal of Media and Religion, among other publications.
A passionate believer in fostering diversity, Huckins holds minority-related leadership positions in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He's ordained by the Church of God in Christ, a predominantly black denomination, and has filled the pulpit for more than 70 congregations of greater than 15 denominations and with memberships mainly Caucasian, Latino, Native and African-American. He also is a media consultant with a solid record of boosting audience, designing and managing campaigns in all major media and getting good results from social platforms.
His latest book is "Race, Faith and Politics Today." In its preface, Huckins discusses the perspective behind his collected essays on Christian news. "The aim of the column never has been to enrage but to engage," he writes. "I want people to think and pray through today’s issues, not yell and scream at each other. (Cable TV news does plenty of the latter.)
"I try to give a relatively dispassionate synopsis of the facts relating to the week’s topic and either weave in or lead into my opinion. I was a newsman long before I got into the commentary business, and I think my background shows in the 125+ pieces collected here."
Huckins has worked for newspapers, magazines, Internet sites, and radio and television stations. He's been a reporter, feature writer, editor, news director, news anchor, talk-show host and general manager, among other positions. His awards have come for opinion writing, hard news (including investigative work), feature writing, coverage of issues concerning minorities, use of theology, copy editing, technical production and news supervision. He's also led news staffs to nearly 75 major honors. In broadcasting, he has done many stories for national networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Mutual, Pacifica, USA, APR and NPR. He also has written national/international print and Web pieces for Christianity Today, Christianity.com, Crosswalk.com and other news services. He has served in both secular and religious media as well as at educational and general-audience outlets.
His teaching has spanned journalism, mass communication, public relations, marketing, speech, theology, apologetics, world religions, homiletics, evangelism and more. He's led student media, too, with his undergraduates winning several dozen awards for excellence, many of them national or regional. The professor has a strong record of placing college graduates, three times the U.S. average.
In considering Huckins' scholarly focus, he's published several academic articles on the intersection of faith and media and been active in national and regional scholarly associations. He is past head of the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (at 3,400 members the largest organization of media scholars globally), and now serves as chairman of the Commission on the Status of Minorities, the association's diversity advocacy arm.
Originally ordained by an independent church, Huckins is one of the few white clergy in his denomination, an evangelical body of 7 million members. "COGIC is enthusiastic and deep, applied and abstract all at once," he says.He's been an invited speaker at the worldwide annual Holy Convocation in St. Louis and has served as dean of a statewide ordination & licensure school, district media-relations director, and in leadership of local congregations, among other offices.
His life verse is John 16:33, in which Jesus says, "In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
"Becoming a Christian doesn't mean our problems instantly go away," Huckins explains. "However, it does mean we have a relationship with the true & living God, who ultimately will deliver us if we stay true to him."
No matter the venue, Huckins enjoys talking about and applying his faith. You may get in touch with him through this site's "Contact" page or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notify him also if you wish to discuss retaining his media services or have him speak to your church or other group. He invites you to follow him on social media and read his weekly column, regularly updated blog and other writings available here as well as his book, now available for your reading and gift-giving.
Preacher, Journalist, Media Consultant and Higher Education Diversity Official