Schaefer earned a Manitoba teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree. From 1928 to 1943 be taught school in Gnadenthal. Then followed 25 years of teaching, 19 of them as principal, at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna. He authored the history series Woher? Wohin? Mennoniten!, a biography of Mennonite educator H.H. Ewert, and numerous shorter articles.
A minister since 1942, Schaefer was elected elder (bishop) in 1954. The former Lutheran, who had become a persuaded Anabaptist, thus made a momentous decision -- he received baptism upon confession of faith and then accepted the call to congregational leadership. Schaefer gained prominence on the wider Canadian Mennonite scene. He served in Sunday school leadership, on youth and education committees, on the Canadian Mennonite Bible College board, and as moderator of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba.
Springer, Nelson and A. J. Klassen, compilers. Mennonite Bibliography, 1631-1961, vol. 2. Scottdale, 1977: 498.
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