Charles William Schaefer

May 5, 1813, Hagerstown, Maryland.

March 15, 1896, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saint Michaels Lutheran churchyard, Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Schaeffer’s father died when he was one year old, and his mother remarried to Reverend Benjamin Keller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The family moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1829, where Charles attended the local academy. He went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1832, and attended the Gettysburg Theological Seminary. In 1835, Schaeffer became pastor of two congregations: St. Peter’s, Barren Hill, Pennsylvania, and Union Church in White Marsh. He later served at the Lutheran church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (1840–49), and at St. Michael’s Church, Germantown, for a quarter century. He received his Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and became a professor at the Philadelphia Seminary in 1864, retiring as professor emeritus in 1894. He also served as a university trustee (1859–96), treasurer and president of the Pennsylvania Synod, and president of the Lutheran General Council and General Synod.

Schaeffer was the husband of Elizabeth F. Ashmead. His works include:

  1. Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
  2. Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit
  3. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I’m Baptized in Thy Dear Name

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