1874–1938
portrait

Ap­ril 6, 1874, Brod­heads­ville, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Sep­tem­ber 20, 1938, Ho­bo­ken, New Jer­sey.

Bue­na Vis­ta Ce­me­te­ry, Brod­heads­ville, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Calvin was the son of Na­than Lau­fer and An­ge­li­na Weiss, and hus­band of Ell­en Flo­rin­da Metz­ger.

He at­tend­ed Frank­lin and Mar­shall College, Lan­cas­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia (BA 1897, MA 1900), and Un­ion The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry, New York Ci­ty (1900).

After or­di­na­tion as a Pres­by­ter­i­an min­is­ter, he held pas­tor­ates at the Stein­way Re­formed Church, Long Is­land Ci­ty, New York (1900–05) and at the First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Ho­bo­ken, New Jer­sey (1905–15).

He then served as a field rep­re­sent­a­tive for the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion and Sun­day School Work (1914–24), and the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Chris­tian Ed­u­ca­tion (1925–38). He helped ed­it the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal of 1933 and the Hand­book to the Hym­nal, 1935.

His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. Brotherhood of Man, The
  2. Christ of God, Ar­rayed with Light
  3. Christmas Pray­er, A
  4. Draw Near, O Christ!
  5. Dear Lord, We Give Our Youth to Thee
  6. Go Thou with Me
  7. God, Help Us Love Our Ci­ty
  8. God Passed Along Our Coun­try­side
  9. Heavenly Home, The
  10. Holy Fa­ther, Bless Us
  11. Holy Fa­ther, God of Might
  12. Home at Twi­light
  13. I Love My Friends, and They Love Me
  14. I Ne­ver Saw God’s Love
  15. I Will Fol­low Je­sus
  16. Like Thee, Dear Mas­ter, Help Us Feel
  17. Lord Is Ev­er Near
  18. Lord, Thy Bless­ed Ser­vice
  19. Lord, Thy Love
  20. Mother’s Good Night
  21. My Guide
  22. My Life, Dear Lord, I Give to Thee
  23. O Mag­ni­fy the Lord with Me
  24. O Mas­ter of the Lov­ing Heart
  25. O Thou Eter­nal Christ of God
  26. Our Fa­ther’s Care
  27. Our Gifts, Dear Lord, We Bring to Thee
  28. Our Hearts, Dear Lord, Are in the Hills
  29. Our Land, So Great and Won­der­ful
  30. Rally Round the King
  31. Sleep, My Dear Lit­tle Ba­by
  32. Teach Us, Dear Lord, to Pray
  33. Thee, Ho­ly Fa­ther, We Adore
  34. There Is a Way in Which
  35. Thy Work, O God, Needs Ma­ny Ha­nds
  36. Thy Works of Love and Friend­ship
  37. We Thank Thee, Lord, Thy Paths of Ser­vice Lead
  38. When Comes the Gold­en Sun­set
  1. Armentrout
  2. Covert, 1928
  3. Evening Light
  4. Field
  5. Hall
  6. Littlefield
  7. Magnify