By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
BIRCHWOOD — While some bivocational pastors experienced reduced hours or off days because of COVID-19, it was just the opposite for Bob Schafer, pastor of Birchwood Baptist Church, Birchwood, northwest of Chattanooga.
Schafer, better known as Pastor Bob, serves as a chaplain for Signature Health Care which he services in the skilled nursing facilities in Cleveland, Spring City and Rockwood.
His workload has not decreased during the pandemic. He is the only chaplain for the three nursing homes and he ministers at each one on a rotating basis during the week, in addition to serving as pastor of Birchwood Baptist.
During COVID, Schafer was the only pastor who could go into the facilities so he was able to minister to the residents on a regular basis. “I’m just glad I was there,” he said. [Read more…]