Hi, I’m Dr. Teresa Hairston, founder and publisher emeritus of Gospel Today Magazine; which I started in 1989 as a four-page newsletter. At the time, I was a divorced mother of three young children, working two jobs and was only able to scrape together $300 to invest in my “dream” of becoming a publisher. That’s it… $300, three young children, no husband and a dream.
The miracle of Gospel Today and all that transpired is the story of ‘daring to dream and doing what you dreamed about!’ I had no experience in the area of publishing; or any financial backing; but I had faith.
With no investors, no background and no plan B, within six months I was struggling to pay my personal and professional bills and was unable to move forward (or so I thought). I wanted to quit and simply acknowledge failure, but somehow, I held on and believed and didn’t give up. In fact, I decided to leap forward—turning the newsletter into a glossy magazine.
In that act of faith God proved Himself. He made a way out of no way! People began to call and find me to buy advertising. In one month, I was able to raise the capital to pay my past bills and move forward.
GT became a fixture among progressive ministries and Christians who wanted inspiring reading material. The magazine became the official publication for a host of leading Christian organizations, and published “special issues” and souvenir journals for organizations: Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, Woman! Thou Art Loosed (Bishop T. D. Jakes), Gospel Music Workshop of America and several top grossing Gospel music tours.
Over the course of the next 23 years, Gospel Today Magazine and its sister publication, Gospel Industry Today expanded across the globe; I also launched and hosted Gospel Today TV Show (on the Word TV network via DirecTV) for 10 years. As well, I pioneered a weekly “Gospel Today Update” (which ran on the ABC Radio Network and “The Light” Radio Network).