Born: Ap­ril 6, 1874, Brodheadsville, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 21, 1938, Philadelphia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Laufer at­tend­ed Frank­lin and Mar­shal Coll­ege (BA 1897, MA 1900) and Un­ion The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary (1900). Af­ter or­din­a­tion as a Pres­by­ter­i­an min­is­ter, he pas­tored at the Stein­way Re­formed Church, Long Is­land Ci­ty, New York (1900-1905) and the First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Ho­bo­ken, New Jer­sey (1905-1915). He then served as a field rep­re­sent­a­tive for the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion and Sun­day School Work (1914-1924), and the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Christ­ian Ed­u­ca­tion (1925-1938). He helped ed­it the Pres­by­ter­ia­n Hymn­al of 1933 and the Hand­book to the Hymn­al, 1935. His other works in­clude:



  1. Ho­ly Father, Bless Us
  2. Holy Father, God of Might (© 1928)
  3. Like Thee, Dear Master, Help Us Feel (© 1927)
  4. My Life, Dear Lord, I Give to Thee
  5. O Magnify the Lord with Me
  6. O Mas­ter of the Loving Heart (© 1927)
  7. O Thou Eternal Christ of God
  8. Our Hearts, Dear Lord, Are in the Hills (© 1925)
  9. We Thank Thee, Lord, Thy Paths of Service Lead
  10. When Comes the Golden Sunset


  1. Armentrout
  2. Evening Light
  3. Field
  4. Hall
  5. Littlefield
  6. Magnify

If you know Lauf­er’s bur­i­al place