Fr. John Schaeffer, Rector
Fr. John and his wife Karen have been married for 31 years, and they have three adult children, David, Eric and Jennifer, and a Boxer named Peaches. In 1993, they relocated from Connecticut to Pittsburgh for an employment opportunity. He was a Compliance Officer/Investment Advisor for a large insurance and investment firm. After years of lay ministry in their home parish (Vestry, Senior Warden and Sunday school teacher), Fr. John felt the call to be a priest. He attended seminary on a part-time basis for nine years and graduated from Trinity School for Ministry in 2012 with a Master of Divinity degree. During that time, he worked full time and helped put three kids through college. He was ordained to the priesthood in December of 2012. He became a bi-vocational priest (worked full-time in the secular world and then, served as a priest in the evenings and on weekends). He was Priest-in-Charge for a small parish in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh for three years. During this tenure as a part-time Priest-in-Charge, he baptized ten children and started a Sunday school. Prior to his involvement, there were only 15 elderly parishioners and no children. He also began a weekly outreach senior ministry at a retirement community with 35+ parishioners.
I feel so humbled and blessed to be called to be your Rector at St. Mary Anne’s. I pray weekly over my ordination vows, and find them to be a source of encouragement and focus. I have vowed to God and now to the people of St. Mary Anne, that I will love and serve the people of this parish and community, young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor—and respond to human needs by loving service. From the pulpit, I will proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. I will preach God’s forgiveness to penitent sinners and pronounce God’s blessing—and let the gospel of Jesus Christ transform each person. At St. Mary Anne’s sacred altar, I will celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s Body and Blood with our Eucharist. It is my prayer that together, we will sing from the pews: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you.”