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Pastors' Biographies:  Pastor Ron Snyder and Pastor Ryan Snyder

Biography of Pastor Ron Snyder:

Educational Background:
Master of Divinity, Bethel Theological Seminary (1997)
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Univ. of Minnesota (1973)
B.S. Degree, St. Cloud State Univ. and Univ. of Minnesota
H.S. Diploma, Willmar Senior High School (1968)

Ministerial Experience:
Pastor — Grace Baptist, Willmar, MN (January 2000 - present)
Pulpit-supply preacher in many Reformed and Baptist churches in West Central Minnesota
Interim Pastor — Calvary Baptist, Montevideo, MN (April 1999 - September 1999) Evangelical Free, Hancock, MN (September 1996 — July 1997) Blomkest Baptist, Blomkest, MN (September 1995 - February 1996)

Business Experience:
Ron Snyder Creative Gardens (perennial nursery business, 1984 — 2004)
Dental Practice (1973 - 1994)

Denominational Background:
His parents were Methodist and then Covenant. He was confirmed in the Covenant church. ln his youth he attended Assembly of God Bible camps, the church home of his grandparents. ln 1968 his parents joined with other families to start the Evangelical Free church of Willmar and he was a charter member. ln 1977 he was baptized at First Baptist (BGC) in Willmar. He and his wife Nancy raised three children in Willmar at the First Baptist Church and at the Evangelical Free Church.

The church of Jesus Christ is composed of those who declare a personal faith in Jesus alone and walk in biblical truth (Ephesians 4:1). Denominations serve a purpose (Ephesians 4:31), but denominationalism is not biblical. Believers in different denominations should befriend and pray for each other. Harry lronside said believers should belong to the denomination of Psalm 119:63, "I am a companion of all who fear You and of those who keep Your precepts."

Biography of Pastor Ryan Snyder: 

Educational Background:
Juris Doctor, cum laude, Regent University School of Law, 2002
Master of Arts, Public Policy, Regent University Robertson School of Government, 2002
Bachelor of Science, Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1993
H.S. Diploma, Willmar Senior High School, 1990

Ministerial Experience
Associate Pastor,  Grace Baptist Church, Willmar, MN (March 2015 - present)
Taught Sunday School classes at various churches over the years

Business Experience:

Adjunct Professor,  DeVoe School of Business, Indiana Wesleyan University (2005-present)
Department Manager, Walmart (1998-present)
Attorney at Law, Snyder & Snyder (2005-2015)
Forester, private consulting, along with various state and federal agencies (1990s)


 
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