The grounds of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where Francis Schaeffer graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1935
Francis was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, to a “non-intellectual, working class family” in 1912. Edith’s parents were missionaries with China Inland Mission, and gave birth to her, their fourth child, in 1914, in Wenzhou, China. Francis surprised his parents with his desire for Gospel ministry, after becoming a Christian upon reading the Bible straight through, “searching for the answers to life’s questions,” at the age of 17. He matriculated at the premier Presbyterian college in the South—Hampden-Sydney. He was an intense student, burning the midnight oil and eschewing the wasted time and high-jinks of fellow classmates. Edith attended Beaver College in Pennsylvania, also Presbyterian (now known as Arcadia).
Francis and Edith met at Arcadia College (previously known as Beaver College) in Glenside, Pennsylvania where Edith Schaeffer (née Seville) attended