Up Close and Personal with Greg Schaffer

With the 2013 Southern Ohio Pastors Conference just around the corner, we wanted to spend some time letting you get to know the men who will be speaking at this year’s conference by asking them to answer a few questions for us. Here’s the second of a series of posts we will be running over the next two weeks leading up to the conference on September 21. 

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Greg Schaffer – First Baptist Church – Waverly, Ohio

What is your ministry background and education?

M.Div. – Liberty Baptist University/Seminary

B.A. Biblical Studies – Trinity College and Seminary

A.A. /Biblical Theology – Miami Christian College/Trinity College and Seminary 

Over the years I have served in many areas of church life from church grounds keeper to youth ministry, worship ministry, associate pastor and senior pastor. I have tried to keep the mind set of being available to the Lord and discerning His call daily. I consider it a privilege to serve the body of Christ. I am amazed at what God can do through a broken vessel that says yes to Him. 

What are some ways that your background in ministry has helped prepare you for your current ministry context?

My training has led me to where I am today (serving in the local church body). But, much of my growth has come from hands-on experience. I have learned a great deal from those who have mentored and discipled me throughout the years. I have grown in ministry and feel I have earned an honorary degree in the school of hard knocks (life experience).

What is God doing in your church and/or community right now that is really exciting?

I believe God is bringing our church and community together through a number of different events and opportunities. I feel God has been revealing his manifest Glory in a greater way as we focus on who He is and focus less on who we are (John 3:3). With that mindset, I believe God is revealed and is glorified. The outworking of that mindset is a church pursuing a deeper genuine walk with Christ.  However, I feel we are only scratching the surface of what God would have for us at First Baptist and our community (Eph 3:20-21).

What do you hope to see accomplished by the SOPC?

What I hope to see accomplished through the SOPC would be a real, genuine desire for pastors and church leaders to connect with each other through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:13).

My observation over the years has been the fact that God designed us to need each other and to support one another. Pastors and church leaders are no different.  

One of the Old Testament stories that continues to stick with me is the story of Elijah (1 Kings 19:4-14), where Elijah felt he was the only one who was faithful in service to the Lord. Elijah was overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and depression. He felt he was alone living in a perverse and wicked generation. The Lord spoke to Elijah and said, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel-all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him” (1 Kings 19:18).

My desire is that every church leader would come to the realization that he or she is not alone. We are surrounded by those who love and desire is to serve Jesus. We should not be intimidated nor envious of each other, but willing to come together for the glory of God! Let us encourage each other through love, building one another up (1 Thess 5:11).

In Christ,

Pastor Greg Schaffer   

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  1. […] Greg Schaffer is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Waverly, Ohio, and will be speaking during the first session, Biblical Foundations for Christian Discipleship.  […]



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