St. Francis in the Keys

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ELCA Bishop Visits St. Francis

Posted on December 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM

The Rt. Rev. Robert G. Schaefer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be presiding and preaching at the 8:30 am Eucharist at St. Francis. The Rev. Schaefer was elected bishop in May 2013, assumed office on August 1, and was installed as the Fourth Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod on August 31, 2013. Fr. Chris attended and voted in his role as Interim Pastor of our sister church Lord of the Seas Lutheran.


When elected, the Rev. Schaefer was serving as co-pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Venice. Bishop Schaefer was an executive for worship with the ELCA churchwide organization from 2009 to 2011. He served as assistant to the bishop of the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod from 2004 to 2009 and co-pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Tampa, Fla., from 1998 to 2004. Before coming to Florida, he served congregations in the Metropolitan New York Synod.


He earned a degree in psychology and sociology from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1979, and earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1984 and was ordained that year.


Schaefer is married to the Rev. Jennifer Schaefer, who is serving as interim pastor at Trinity, St. Petersburg. Together they have three adult children and one grandson. 

After the service, Bishop Schaefer will preside and preach at Lord of the Seas just down the road on Key Deer Blvd. That will be followed by a potluck at whcih he will be a guest. Come join us!

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