Stephen Schafer, Pastor

I was born in Rock Island, Illinois but I grew up in Miami, Florida. After receiving a degree in marketing from the University of Florida, I returned to Miami and became involved in ministry, teaching Middle School and doing youth work at St. Matthews Lutheran. There I met and was blessed to marry my wife Ana Julia, the new teacher on staff. A year later we left for St. Louis where I attended Concordia Seminary. I was first called to Ocala, Florida to develop a new mission congregation, which became Our Redeemer Lutheran and I became their first pastor. In 1998 I accepted the call to become pastor here at St. Paul Lutheran. I have two wonderful daughters and son-in-laws and a grandson.

I love the opportunities of bringing Jesus and His reconciling love to people’s lives. Sometimes I think I am still a teacher at heart, I love teaching about Jesus and the depth and riches of God’s Word. Bringing Jesus to people in our worship services and helping to provide God’s people the setting to inspire their worship is also a special love of mine. I also have an interest in helping people with addictive behaviors.

I have a broad range of interests. I like to read, cook, fish, and do wood work. I am a University of Florida and lifetime Baltimore Orioles fan. I always look forward to spending time with my family and traveling with my wife.