James Schaffer

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The Reverend Lord
James Shaffer
Dominion Ruler & President
Church Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God, Inc.
Appointed 1971
Installed 1971
Term ended 2014
Predecessor James F. Jones (minister) ("Prophet Jones")
Personal details
Birth name James Shaffer
Born (1910-02-14)February 14, 1910
Died March 9, 2014 (aged 104)
Nationality United States
Spouse Wyoming Shaffer (m. ?)
Maggie Boatmon-Shaffer (m. 1995–2014)
Occupation Pastor

James Shaffer (February 14, 1910 – March 9, 2014[1][2]) was an African American religious leader, and pastor who led the Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God, Inc. after the death of James F. Jones in 1971.


James Shaffer was born February 14, 1910, in Money, Mississippi, as the youngest of 16 children born to Jeff and Elmira Shaffer.

Meeting and following Jones[edit]

James Shaffer and his first wife, Wyoming Shaffer, moved to Detroit in 1943. Once they arrived they decided to attend a meeting of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ to hear James F. Jones, known as Prophet Jones, speak.

Next Dominion Ruler succeeding Prophet Jones[edit]

Shaffer became a leading minister in the Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God, Inc., eventually serving as leader of the Detroit Headquarters' church, Universal Thankful Center #1, and assistant to Jones. In time Jones, ailing in health, asked Shaffer to "carry his torch". On Jones's death in 1971, Shaffer succeeded him as 'Dominion ruler'.[3]

In 1995, at the age of 85, Shaffer married long time Universal Triumph member Maggie Boatmon.[4] The new Mrs. Shaffer then became the new 1st Dominion Lady, in succession to the Catherine L. Jones, the late James Jones's mother, who had been 1st Lady from the founding of the Dominion until her death in 1951.

In 2010, Shaffer celebrated his 100th birthday.[2]

The church reported on, "March 9, 2014 we lost our beloved leader Rev. Lord James Shaffer as he left the physical body to a higher spiritual plane. He is greatly missed by his family and the spiritual community that he was so long a part of. He made this transition after turning 104 years young on Feb. 13, 2014. "Well done my good and faithful servant" Matt. 25:21."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Current News". Universal Triumph, Dominion of God. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Rev. Lord James Shaffer Celebrates 100th Birthday". Michigan Chronicle. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Mink Minded Prophet Dies; Successor Chosen (Vol. 40, No. 23 ed.). Johnson Publishing Company. 2 September 1971. pp. 20–22. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "100th Birthday Celebration". The Michigan Chronicle. 31 March 2010. p. B-9. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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Religious titles
Preceded by
James F. Jones (minister)
Dominion Ruler of the Church of Universal Triumph, Dominion of God
Succeeded by
Rev. Lord Gregory Ramsey