The Rev. Eric C. Shafer

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, CA

The Rev. Eric C. Shafer became senior pastor of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA in April 2014.

Earlier he worked with Odyssey Networks 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). 

Shafer also 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.

 

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Eric C. Shafer

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How Open Is Our Table?

Friday June 18, 2010
In responding to Jesus' teaching on hospitality in Luke 14, notes that welcoming is not an easy task, and welcoming someone who is clearly different from us presents additional challenges. How are we to fulfill Christ's call to be hospitable?

Eric Shafer: You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody

Friday June 18, 2010
In his sermon on Matthew 22:15-22, the Rev. Eric Shafer says while many of us may have strong political views, before and above any of these we are Christians--followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus is or should be our first loyalty, above all others.

Articles by The Rev. Eric C. Shafer

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Eric Shafer: O Little Town of Reading

Friday June 18, 2010
The story of Reading is about revitalization and recovery and what can happen anywhere when people of faith begin to work together. Through our media research and filming in the City of Reading, we have found that residents are indeed resilient, willing to overcome life's challenges, and hopeful for the city and its residents.

ON Scripture: Eric Shafer on Compassion Fatigue: Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56

Friday June 18, 2010
This week's ON Scripture lectionary aid on Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56: The good news is that you and I can take a break at times. Rest, relaxation, vacation, is not only a God-given gift; it is a God-given necessity.