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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