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Chris Schaefer

  • Rockville, MD
  • he/him/his

Ministry setting

Seminarian at Gettysburg, heading into internship at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

Creativity, passion, discussion, learning, and being present. I also love a good Sabbath.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

Almost all of the faculty and staff at Gettysburg have been incredibly supportive and affirming, challenging me when I need a gentle nudge and comforting when I've pushed myself too far.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

I enjoy watching movies, hiking, being near water (but not necessarily in ours). I also really love art and it has acted as a wonderful outlet for me.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

I love brunch, and my dad makes a mean omelette with French toast.

Brief bio

Grew up in Unity, MD (it's a real place, I promise. Right down the street from Sunshine, MD.) Went to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where I majored in Religious Studies and Early Childhood Ed. Went into Americorps after graduation, moving across country to very northern CA and served in a mentoring and tutoring program. Moved back home to MD where I taught Pre-K for 10 yrs, along with a few years as a youth and family minister mixed in.

Did you always want to be clergy?

Oh goodness, no. My dad is an LCMS minister and so I saw what all is involved behind the scenes with ministry beyond Sunday morning. When I started to feel called in my late twenties, my dad told me to fight it as long as I could, and eventually I just got tired of fighting. I identify a great deal with Jonah.

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