The Rev. Eric C. Shafer is an ordained ELCA minister who serves as Senior Vice President for Philanthropy and Faith Community Relations for Odyssey Networks, a national interfaith religious media organization based in New York, N.Y.
The Rev. Eric C. Shafer joined Odyssey Networks in January 2010 as the Senior Vice President, Philanthropy & Faith Community Relations at Odyssey Networks. Shafer's longtime passion for matters related to the intersection of faith and the media led to his involvement with Odyssey Networks early in its history and eventually to a position on the organization's Board of Trustees, representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Most recently, Shafer served as the Senior Pastor for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. During his four years of leadership, the church experienced growth in both membership and giving, a result of his extensive experience in strategic planning and communications.
Prior to his pastorate at Trinity, Shafer was the Director for Communication for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at its churchwide offices in Chicago. In that position, he oversaw the ELCA communication ministry and was responsible for the return to television of the animated children's program Davey and Goliath, one of his many successful television productions.
Shafer is a member of the Muhlenberg College Board of Observers and serves as chair of the Wilbur Awards (Religion Communicators Council), which recognize excellence in communicating religious issues, values and themes in the public media. He has previously served as an advisor to the Lutheran World Federation Council, on the board of directors and executive committee of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA), as vice chair of the board of the Good Shepherd Home and Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as chair of the NCCCUSA Communication Commission and on the Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees.
He is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Shafer has traveled extensively and taught in Madagascar and South Africa.
Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56
August 2005. Hurricane Katrina had struck New Orleans and help had not yet arrived for several days. The televised images are nearly seven years old, but they continue to be vivid in my mind. Thousands of people, mostly poor African Americans, were stranded outside of the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center. They were screaming for help, for rescue, for food, for water. Even worse, untended dead bodies were laying there - one in a grocery cart, only some covered up.Read full article...
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. --Romans 12:12
This is the Biblical verse you find when you walk into the 125-year-old Hope Lutheran Church in the northwestern neighborhood of my hometown, Reading, Pennsylvania. It is a reminder of what Reading needs a lot of these days: hope. Just across the street from the church is a bodega that neighbors tell Hope's pastoral staff is not only a hangout for the lost and the lonely, but a "drug" store as well. Some days hope can seem in short supply.Read full article...