He was the gangster made good, living proof that redemption was more than an ecumenical talking point.
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HOW WE GOT THE STORY
Staff writer Christian Boone was a sophomore at Gainesville High School when he first met Gene Beckstein. Boone was in hot water for being inebriated on school grounds and Beckstein was the teacher in charge of in-school suspension. Boone has written about Beckstein on other occasions over the years, but never with the depth and nuance that Personal Journeys allows. And he’s never reported on Thomas Ramirez and the controversy that surrounded his rising role at the ministry. It’s the kind of complex, inspiring story you’ll only find in Personal Journeys. Suzanne Van AttenFeatures Enterprise Editorpersonaljourneys@ajc.com
About the reporter
Christian Boone joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2007, after attending the University of Southern California’s graduate screenwriting program. Boone, an Atlanta native, is a member of the AJC’s Breaking News team and is one of the newspaper’s most prolific writers.
About the photographer
Phil Skinner has been a photojournalist at the AJC for 16 years, working on a variety of stories, including the Masters, Olympics, Atlanta Braves, presidential campaigns, hurricanes and all kinds of human interest stories. Previously he worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Boca Raton News, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Jupiter Journal.