I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1946. I met my wife Pat during high school and we married in 1965. We have two daughters and seven grandchildren. Our oldest daughter, Stephanie, went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 1998, at age 30. Our youngest daughter, Kristen, has two children and currently lives in the area.
I served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, served on the Prince George’s County Police Department from 1968 to the early 70′s. In 1972 I accepted God’s calling in my life to enter the ministry. At that point I entered Washington Bible College and in 1974 accepted the call to pastor my first church. My formal education began at the University of Tennessee in 1965; I graduated from Washington Bible College and then went on to study at Trinity University, Indiana and the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. I currently hold a Doctor of Theology degree.
In 1974 I began my formal ministry pastoring a church in Oxon Hill, Maryland; in 1976 I accepted a position to serve as an associate pastor at Allentown Baptist Church located in Camp Springs, Maryland. After serving there for three years I left in order to start a new church in LaPlata, Maryland. The new work grew rapidly and we were able to complete three building programs over the first eight years. In 1999 I accepted a position at Grace Brethren Church in Waldorf, Maryland. For the next three years I was in charge of pastoral counseling.
Once again I responded to the Lord’s call to start a new work. On December 2, 2001 we held our first service for the new church, Grace Chapel Ministries of So. Md. The response was very exciting and we have been rapidly developing into a meaningful ministry in Southern Maryland. There are four pillars that I believe the work should stand on: prayer, scripture, missions, and fellowship. Looking at the early church, these items were central and I believe critical to the foundation and growth of the church. While there are clearly other areas of importance, I believe that an emphasis in these four areas will result in a proper overall balance, resulting in a fulfillment of the Lord’s command to build up the saints and reach the lost. Grace Chapel has at its heart a desire to strengthen the saints, providing a safe environment to worship and fellowship. The challenge is to help people take their next step of growth, and continue to move toward spiritual maturity.
Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with the message of the Bible: forgiveness, cleansing, compassion, and healing. In a world that seems to be going in many different directions, people are looking for stability, and answers to life’s questions. Christ is the answer and the Bible gives us the road map for life. Come worship with us and discover how to know God in an intimate and personal way.
NOTE: Pastor Snyder has authored several books and articles. Please see his website at drchsnyder.com for more information.