Our Pastor

 

The Rev. Eric Shafer 
Senior Pastor, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Rev Eric ShaferRev. Eric C. Shafer has officially accepted the call from Mt. Olive!  
His official Installation is Sunday, July 13 @ 10:00 am.

Bishop Guy Erwin will install him at our only Sunday service that day.
(Further details forthcoming.)


About Rev. Eric Shafer

The Rev. Eric C. Shafer served 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.

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 mmber 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.

He has traveled extensively and taught in Madagascar and South Africa.