Frank Schaeffer
Related Speakers

  • Heather Hurlburt
  • Steven Kotler
  • Mike Del Ponte
  • Ruha Benjamin



  • "[Schaeffer’s] memoirs have a way of winning a reader’s friendship... Schaeffer is a good memoirist, smart and often laugh-out-loud funny... his memoirs have a serious purpose, and that is to expose the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics…"
    -The Washington Post

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books. The son of an evangelical intellectual who galvanized the religious right between the 1940s and 80s, Frank Schaeffer has been searching for years for a coherent religious identity after fundamentalism—and he keeps getting closer. As the New York Times describes Frank: " When the family business is religion, it is especially millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime is not financial profligacy, like some pastors' sons, but turning his back on Christian conservatives."

An acclaimed writer, Frank authored three semi-biographical novels about growing up in a fundamentalist mission—Portofino, Zermatt and Saving Grandma—all which have a worldwide following and have been translated into nine languages. Aside from being the author of over 20 fiction and non-fiction books, Frank is also an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings.

By the time he was nineteen, Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit and was speaking before thousands in arenas around America. He would go on to publish his own evangelical best-seller, and work with figures such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. But all the while, Schaeffer felt increasingly alienated, precipitating a crisis of faith that would ultimately lead to his departure—even if it mean losing everything.

Frank now speaks on the impact of religion on politics, and his journey from evangelical leader who hung out with the Bush family and other Republican leaders, to becoming a spokesperson for progressive politics and religion. His books provide a penetrating analysis of political extremism, with moving and, at times, hilarious accounts of growing up in one the Christian right's most influential families.

Nataly Kogan of visits with Dr. OZ
Environmentalist and filmmaker Rob Stewart launches Save the Humans...
Dan Pallotta's TED Talk is one of the 100 most-viewed of all-time
Blake Mycoskie named one of USA Today's "Top 5 communicators in the world"
Movember Founder Adam Garone launches Podcast with Lance Armstrong's first interview since Oprah