Letter From the Publisher

What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been. Scotty McCreery came to town during the Katy Crawfish Festival. This 19-year-old music sensation and American Idol winner is a fellow Christian, and we enjoyed the special surprise he had in store for one of our readers. You’ll have to read ahead for that one! 

We featured local author Angela Lubbe and her heartwarming children’s books that help families blend and cope after divorce. We also shared the background of Les Miserables, the movie that sparked a torrent of tissue as we cried through the musical scenes.

Speaking of music, we interviewed Worship Pastor John Cordes of Fellowship of Cinco Ranch. This father of three is adopting a 16-month-old son from Ethiopia and shares information about his band, as well as the energy it takes to lead a congregation.

The word “energy” is a perfect segue to Jump & Joy, a local business that brings smiles to children’s parties and business events. We enjoy bringing ethical businesses to your attention, including Jay Moyer of State Farm. He shares the many reasons we all need to protect our hard-earned assets and is our Christian business profile for this edition.

We also shared a topical feature on Internet behavior and how employment prescreening may hinge on what industrial psychologists uncover in your social media. This is an especially good piece for parents and their youth, who are prone to indiscretions and may be turned down for employment because of it.

We also embrace the mothers in our lives. I was surprised to be mentioned, but having lost my wife some years ago and raising my two sons and two daughters by myself, it was nice to read the commentary. I guess I am the default mother in my children’s lives, and I think you will appreciate the poem attached to the piece—very poignant.

Last, we say goodbye to one of our columnists, Mark Williamson, who passed away suddenly and leaves a void in our magazine. Mark was a feisty, “tell it like it is” servant of the Lord. We miss him already and send prayers to his beloved family.

Much more lies between the pages, including our Dear Doctor column and community news.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.