Fr. John Schaeffer, Rector
He and his wife Karen have been married for 33 years, and have three adult children, David, Eric and Jennifer. Fr. John felt the call to ministry as he raised his children and participated in lay ministry at his local church in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended seminary part-time for a number of years while he was employed full-time in financial services industry. He obtained his Master in Divinity from Trinity School of Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2012. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in Diocese of Pittsburgh in December of 2012.
Fr. John is a Board Member of Upper Bay Counseling & Support Services. He is also on the BioEthics board at Union Hospital. His a member of the North East Ministerium. He is an active member of the Easton Episcopal Diocese.
I feel so humbled and blessed to be the Rector at St. Mary Anne’s. As I stated when I was called to this fine parish, I am committed to fulfilling my ordination vows for the Glory of God’s kingdom. I pray weekly over these ordination vows, and find them to be a source of encouragement and focus. I have vowed to God and 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.”