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Dr Francis August Schaeffer
Birth: Jan. 30, 1912
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 15, 1984
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

Francis, a theologian, philosopher, author and filmmaker, was the only child of Francis A. Schaeffer III and Bessie Williamson. Young Francis became a Christian at age 18 after reading the Bible for about 6 months.

<< Chronology:
June 1935: graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, 2nd in his senior class, magna cum laude.
July 1935: married Edith Seville.
Sept. 1935: entered Westminster Theological Seminary. 1937: 1st daughter, Priscilla, was born.
1938: graduated from Faith Theological Seminary, which he had helped to found. Also was ordained as the first pastor in the Bible Presbyterian denomination and served at Covenant Presby. Church in Grove City.
1943: served as pastor in the same church in St. Louis, MO.
1941: 2nd daughter, Susan, was born.
1945: 3rd daughter, Deborah, was born.
1947: he went to Europe for 3 mos. to evaluate the state of the church, as representative of the Independent Bd. for Presby. Foreign Missions and as the Am. Secretary for the Foreign Relations Dept. of the Am. Council of Christian Churches.
1948: they all moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to be missionaries.
1949: they moved to Chalet des Fr[e]nes in the mountain village of Champery. Francis went through a spiritual crisis in the winter months, carefully reconsidering his Christian commitment and priorities. He emerged from this experience with new certainty about his faith, a new emphasis on sanctification and the work of the Holy Spirit, and a new direction in life.
1952: Francis A. Schaeffer IV was born.
1953: the family returned to the US on furlough. He spoke about his deeper life 346 times in 515 days, which became the basis for his book "True Spirituality." He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Highland College in CA. They returned to Champery, but his son contracted polio on the boat to Switzerland.
1955: after receiving government notice to leave Switzerland permanently, they moved to Chalet les Melezes in Huemoz, after receiving money to buy it through a series of miraculous circumstances. Francis resigned from the Presbyterian Board, which marked the formal beginning of L'Abri Fellowship and which became the primary focus of their lives.
1958: Francis gave lectures at Oxford.
1968: published "The God Who Is There" (the first of 23 books) based on lectures given at Wheaton College in 1965. 1971: Francis received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Gordon College.
1974: began work on the book and, with his son, on the film "How Should We Then Live?"
1977: he began a 22 city tour for the film series of the same name. He also helped find the Int'l Council on Biblical Inerrancy and began work on the film series "Whatever Happened to the Human Race?" also with his son and with C.Everett Koop.
1978: he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and a year later began a tour for the latter film. At the same time, the Am. headquarters for L'Abri was established in Rochester, MN.
1982: "The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer" was published.
1983: he received a Doctor of Laws degree from Greenleaf School of Law and in December was flown from Switzerland to the Mayo Clinic.
1984: he toured 10 Christian colleges in connection with his last book "The Great Evangelical Disaster." >>

Francis Schaeffer was an important Christian thinker and activist. In "F.A. Schaeffer: Portraits of the Man and His Work" (1986, Crossway Books) he asks us what it is that really matters which prioritizes our lives? And he explains that what really matters is to love the Lord our God, to love His Son, and to know Him personally as our Saviour...and then act upon the fact that He is also our Lord in ALL of life, not just in religious and cultural areas (arts and music), but in our intellectual lives and in business, in our relation to society, and in our attitute toward the moral breakdown of our culture. This collection of essays reveals how one man was enabled by God to have a profound influence upon professionals, scholars and laypeople alike, helping many find truth in an age of relativism and unbelief.

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  Edith Rachel Merritt Seville Schaeffer (1914 - 2013)*
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Oakwood Cemetery
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA
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