Record (magazine)

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Cover of Record magazine from 17 April 2010, featuring Dr. Ben Carson
Record issue 115:9 (17 April 2010) featuring Dr. Ben Carson
Editor Jarrod Stackelroth
Categories ChristianSeventh-day Adventist
Frequency Fortnightly
Circulation 26,000
First issue January–February 1898
Company Adventist Media Network / Signs Publishing Company?
Country Australia
Based in Sydney, New South Wales
Language English
ISSN 0819-5633

The Record is the fortnightly (biweekly) news magazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific region of the church.[1] Its office is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and connected with the Adventist Media Network. The magazine is printed by Signs Publishing Company, located outside of Melbourne, in Victoria.

Record was first published in 1898 in Victoria, replacing an earlier title known as the Gleaner. It currently has a circulation of 26,000, mainly to Seventh-day Adventists in Australia and New Zealand.[1] Jarrod Stackelroth is the current senior editor. In April 2010, distribution also commenced in urban areas of the Fiji Islands and Papua New Guinea. Adventists receive it free of charge at church.


The first issue of the Record was published in 1898; however, it stemmed from an earlier publication, the Gleaner. The Australasian Union Gleaner began earlier in a type-written form, and reported on the church's evangelistic progress. A new version of the Gleaner was first published in 1896. It was published monthly by the Australian Tract Society, and printed by the Echo Publishing Company (now Signs Publishing Company) in the Melbourne suburb of North Fitzroy which (today, at least) is an inner suburb.[2] The last issue was published the following year.[3]

The Tract Society divided, and responsibility for the publication passed to the Australasian Union Conference (now South Pacific Division), and it was renamed the Union Conference Record, or Record for short. The first issue was published in early 1898.[4] It was published monthly, until mid-1902, when it was published twice a month.[5] Starting in early 1907, the paper was published weekly.[6]

Meanwhile, in 1906 the Signs Publishing Company had moved to the small town of Warburton, situated 85 km east of Melbourne's center. Also, some issues were printed by the Avondale Press in Cooranbong in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales.

A column whose title was "People and Events" showed a general focus appeared, concluding with the 27 March 1967 issue. This was replaced by the regular page "Flashpoint" in the next issue (3 April 1967). A minor feature titled "Finally brethren", consisting of a short pithy quotation, first appeared in the 19 June 1967 issue.[7] Its present title (as of 2010) is simply "Finally".

Record conducted a survey in 1991 of both general readers,[8] and of ministers and teachers who were mailed surveys individually. The weekly circulation was 25,500 at that time. 60% of the general reader respondents were 50 years or older. These reported their top three reasons for reading the Record, out of a choice of 10, as "1. To be informed about the church's activities in the South Pacific Division (55.3 per cent). 2. To be spiritually uplifted (36.3 per cent). 3. To gain insights into practical Christianity (35.2 percent)."

While the editor did note some disagreement, he stated:

"Three points are worth noting: First, the overwhelming majority of all readers say that the RECORD should keep the readers informed, the RECORD should encourage discussion of issues facing the church, and readers should have the right to speak candidly in the letters section. Second, RECORD is seen to support the church's doctrines, lifestyle emphasis, ministry, administration etc. Third, the overwhelming majority feel that, granted the spectrum of readers the RECORD seeks to reach, it has a good balance in its editorial mix."[9]

Management and editorial staffing changes were implemented during 2009. The Record office was moved to Sydney to the church's South Pacific Division headquarters in the suburb of Wahroonga. The printing and distribution remained in Warburton.[10] Commencing on 6 February 2010, the publication went from black-and-white to colour, and was given a layout makeover. At the same time, the magazine changed from being weekly to fortnightly (every two weeks).

Current Team[edit]

Senior Consulting Editor: Glenn Townend

Senior Editor: Jarrod Stackelroth

Assistant Editor: A. Kent Kingston

Assistant Editor: Vania Chew

Assistant Editor: Maritza Brunt

Assistant Editor (Digital): Linden Chuang

Graphic Designer: Theodora Amuimuia

Copyeditor: Tracey Bridcutt

Noticeboard: Naomi Hurst

Former editors[edit]

There are no editors listed until mid-1907. Subsequently:

  • Anna L. Hindson (?July 1907[11] – December 1922[12])
  • A. W. Anderson (January 1923[13] – December 1923[14])
  • Anna L. Hindson (January 1924[15] – December 1933[16])
  • Viola M. Rogers (January 1934[17] – September 1938[18])
  • Reuben E. Hare (October 1938[19] – May 1939[20])
  • E. E. Roenfelt (June 1939[21] – July 1940[22])
  • H. E. Piper (July 1940[23] – October 1941[24])
  • S. V. Stratford (October 1941[25] – August 1943[26])
  • A. G. Stewart (August 1943[27] – December 1954[28])
  • L. C. Naden (January 1955[29] – January 1963[30])
  • Robert R. Frame (January 1963[31] – September 1966[32])
  • (W. E. Battye, interim "associate editor"[33])
  • Robert H. Parr (March 1967[7][34] – January 1981[7])
  • Geoffrey E. Garne (February 1981[35] – September 1986[36])
  • James N. Coffin (October 1986[37] – November 1991[38])
  • Bruce Manners (November 1991[39] – March 2004[40])
  • Nathan G. Brown (April 2004[41] – October 2009[42])
  • Pablo Lillo (October 2009[43] – 2012)
  • James Standish (September 2012 [44] - May 2016)
  • Jarrod Stackelroth (June 2016[45] - present)

Anna Hindson was the longest serving editor,[39] and Nathan Brown is believed to have been the youngest editor.[46] Bruce Manners affirmed his preceding editors as follows: Jim Coffin had an "ability to readily articulate [his] thoughts", Geoff Garne had "depth", and Bob Parr had "wit".[39]


Record articles have received a number of Australasian Religious Press Association Awards for Excellence:

In 2013:[47]

  • Bronze Award in the "Best Profile" category, for Daniel Reynaud's profile about an Anzac army chaplain.
  • Bronze Award in the "Best Theological" category, for "Laying down the law" by Pastor Anthony MacPherson.

In 2011:

  • Silver Award in the "Item or feature that shows the most originality" category, for "Unequally Yoked".
  • Bronze Award in the "Most improved publication" category.
  • Highly Commended in the "Best article applying faith to life" category, for "The Real Mile High Club".[48]

In 2009:[49]

  • Silver Award in the "Best editorial/opinion piece" category, for David Edgren's article "My Life Verse". The judges commented: a "confession [that] took courage to write, and takes courage to read, although it is ultimately rewarding and uplifting."[50]
  • "Highly commended" in the “Best news item” category, for Adele Nash's report "Leaders Support Targeting Binge Drinking". The judges commented: "A piece that not only details the Adventist support for anti-binge drinking campaigns but also steps back and reflects on the problem of binge drinking within some sections of the Adventist community."[51]

In 2008:[52]

  • "Best editorial/opinion piece" for Nathan Brown's editorial "The 'family' myth" which critiqued the "family values" rhetoric of politicians, and appeared in Record just prior to the 2007 federal election.[53] The judges commented,
"What a pity we didn’t hear more of this kind of thing during the election campaign, when the phrase ‘family values’ was being tossed about in into almost every speech and discussion. Nathan Brown, in examining what this nebulous term really means, urges us to see it in a larger perspective, as going beyond the nuclear family and into the wider world. He also points out something preachers and teachers often forget, that Jesus was very far from being a family man in the narrow Western sense. A brave and original point of view."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Seventh-day Adventist Church South Pacific | Publications
  2. ^ "The Gleaner". Gleaner 1:1 (July 1896), p1
  3. ^ The last issue was Gleaner 2:6 (December 1897)
  4. ^ "The Record". Record 1:1–2 (January–February 1898), p 24
  5. ^ The 5:7 (15 June 1902) issue was the first listed as "semimonthly"
  6. ^ The 11:2 (14 January 1907) issue was the first listed as "weekly" (see p 8)
  7. ^ a b c Robert Parr, Flashpoint. Record 86:4 (26 January 1981), p16. This is the final issue edited by Parr
  8. ^ Record 2 February 1991: editorial and survey
  9. ^ Reported in James Coffin, "Readers Call for Openness". Record 96:16 (27 April 1991), p4–5
  10. ^ "Long-term future for Signs secured" by David Gibbons. Record 114:27 (18 July 2009), p 1, 3
  11. ^ The first issue listing Hindson as editor is 11:28 (15 July 1907)
  12. ^ The last issue (before Anderson) listing Hindson as editor is 26:26 (11 December 1922)
  13. ^ The first issue listing Anderson as editor is 27:01 (8 January 1923)
  14. ^ The last issue listing Anderson as editor is 27:50 (17 December 1923)
  15. ^ The first issue (after Anderson) listing Hindson as editor is 28:1 (7 January 1924)
  16. ^ The last issue listing Hindson as editor is 37:50 (11 December 1933)
  17. ^ The first issue listing Rogers as editor is 38:01 (1 January 1934). She is listed as "acting editor" for some time
  18. ^ The last issue listing Rogers as editor is 42:39 (26 September 1938)
  19. ^ The first issue listing Hare as editor is 42:40 (3 October 1938)
  20. ^ The last issue listing Hare as editor is 43:22 (29 May 1939)
  21. ^ The first issue listing Roenfelt as editor is 43:23 (5 June 1939)
  22. ^ The last issue listing Roenfelt as editor is 44:27 (1 July 1940)
  23. ^ The first issue listing Piper as editor is 44:28 (8 July 1940)
  24. ^ The last issue listing Piper as editor is 45:41 (13 October 1941)
  25. ^ The first issue listing Stratford as editor is 45:42 (20 October 1941)
  26. ^ The last issue listing Stratford as editor is 47:32 (9 August 1943)
  27. ^ The first issue listing Stewart as editor is 47:33 (16 August 1943)
  28. ^ The last issue listing Stewart as editor is 58:50 (13 December 1954)
  29. ^ The first issue listing Naden as editor is 59:1 (3 January 1955)
  30. ^ The last issue listing Naden as editor is 67:3 (21 January 1963)
  31. ^ The first issue listing Frame as editor is 67:4 (28 January 1963)
  32. ^ The last issue listing Frame as editor is 70:36 (5 September 1966)
  33. ^ One exception is issue 70:40 (3 October 1966) which lists F. T. Maberly as editor
  34. ^ The first issue listing Parr as editor is 71:11 (13 March 1967), although he recalled it was W. E. Battye's work (see other reference for this source)
  35. ^ The first issue listing Garne as editor is 86:5 (2 February 1981)
  36. ^ The last issue edited by Garne is 91:37 (27 September 1986)
  37. ^ The first issue edited by Coffin is 91:38 (4 October 1986)
  38. ^ The last issue listing Coffin as editor is 96:44 (9 November 1991). The subsequent issue listed none
  39. ^ a b c Bruce Manners, "A Conversation". Record 96:46 (23 November 1991), p2. This is the first issue listing Manners as editor
  40. ^ The last issue listing Manners as editor is 109:11 (27 March 2004)
  41. ^ Brown was the "editor-elect" since late 2003. The first issue listing him as editor is 109:12 (3 April 2004)
  42. ^ The last issue listing Brown as editor is 114:41 (24 October 2009)
  43. ^ The first issue listing Lillo as editor is 114:42 (31 October 2009). Inset "New RECORD editor appointed", Record 114:27 (18 July 2009), p3 – states Lillo would transition into the role during August and September 2009. See also interview on the Record website
  44. ^ "The first issue listing Standish as editor". 
  45. ^ Chuang, Linden. "New leaders of Adventist news | Adventist Record". Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  46. ^ Brenton Stacey, "New editor named for Signs". Record 108:48 (6 December 2003), p1,5
  47. ^ "ARPA Awards 2013". 
  48. ^ "ARPA Awards 2011" (PDF). 
  49. ^ Cited in "Church magazines enjoy ARPA nods". Record 114:38 (3 October 2009), p3
  50. ^ David Edgren, "My Life Verse". Record 113:15 (26 April 2008), p2
  51. ^ Adele Nash, "Leaders Support Targeting Binge Drinking" Record 113:11 (29 March 2008), p3
  52. ^ Award received on 4 October 2008. Adele Nash, "RECORD recognised at ARPA awards". Record 25 October 2008, p4
  53. ^ Nathan Brown, "The 'family' myth". Record 112:44 (17 November 2007), p2

External links[edit]

Note that once a month an Adventist Review insert is featured. See that website for the insert.