Earl Schaffer, Jr. Born in Baltimore, MD is a singer, arranger, pianist, organist and percussionist. Reared in the Baltimore City Public School System, Earl received a full scholarship to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in 17th Century English Language and Literature.
Earl responded to the calling on his life and was baptized on March 10, 1996 at Ebenezer Baptist Church (Baltimore), under Rev. Dr. Mark L. Saunders. Earl’s church music and ministry service began in 1995, at 9 years old. He served as a pianist and drummer at Ebenezer under Rev. Dr. Mark L. Saunders, and then Rev. Jonathan David Hancock.
While in college, from 2005-2009 Earl served in several religious capacities on the campus, including Chaplain for the Nu Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc, (Initiated Spring 2006), and the Chaplain for Maryland’s Chapter of The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. Musically, during this time, Earl served as organist for The Black Ministries Program of The University of Maryland, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Ruby Reese Moon and as a singer and musician with The University of Maryland Gospel Choir, under the direction of Min. Jarrett Baker.
After graduation, Earl served as Minister of Music and Worship Leader at several churches in the Washington, D.C. Area. During this time, he coordinated and arranged a Christmas Cantata celebration at Gethsemane Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Khalfani Drummer.
Earl then returned to Baltimore, MD to serve in music ministry at several churches. Some of his other accomplishments include serving as Associate Musician in the George A. Crawley Lenten Fellowship, where he, along with music staff from seven (7) Baltimore area churches combined the choirs to minister each Wednesday night, beginning with Ash Wednesday, culminating with Resurrection Sunday Services.
After this time, from 2013-15, Earl tackled another project; serving as an Associate Musician with the Multi-Generational Conclave of Musicians and Directors, his leadership and gift was employed here, in combination with music staff from nine (9) other churches to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead souls to salvation.
Earl and his wife, Victoria Schaffer (nee’ Cash) have three beautiful daughters: Evonne (4), Ava (2) and Ivory (1). Earl’s professional career as a Financial Analyst brought him and his family to Colorado Springs, CO in 2016, where he and his family are excited to serve God and lead souls to salvation. He immediately got to work in the ministry, serving as Associate Director of Music at Payne Chapel AME Church, under Rev. Arthur B. Carter. Shortly after, he has taken the reins at True Spirit Baptist Church, as Minister of Music. Here, he is implementing a modern approach to gospel music, while maintaining the integrity of the music akin to the African American experience. His life’s scripture is Proverbs 3:5-7 and continues to trust in God with all his heart and God is STILL directing his and his family’s path.