We are happy to welcome Josh Snyder as our pastor beginning October 20th 2019. Here is a letter from Josh in which he introduced himself to First Christian Church.
My name is Josh Snyder. I thought I should tell you a little about myself. I am the proud father of three children: Eliah (10), Malachi (8), and Willow (6). They live with me about half the time, and their mother (Kate), who lives in Danville, the other half. They attend Danville Montessori School.
I am the second of five children, and my father is a pastor. I moved around a lot growing up, but was raised primarily in Kentucky, in various parts of the state. I first felt called to ministry when I was 15, and since I was 19 I have been blessed to be a servant in church in several different roles. I did my undergraduate degree in Pikeville (graduated in 2004), and received my Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2007. I am currently working on my Doctor of Ministry at Trinity School for the Ministry and hope to finish that in the next couple years.
I have been a pastor for about 13 years, full-time/solo for almost 12. I served Chapel Hill Christian Church in WVA for about a year and a half, Mt. Lebanon Christian Church in Pittsburgh for about 4 and a half years, and Burgin for a little over seven.
You’ll learn more about my theology as we get to know each other, but here are a few points I thought I’d share:
- I believe God’s love and grace are eternal, unconditional, and freely given.
- I believe in God’s power, ability, and willingness to strengthen us for all things.
- I believe Jesus is God’s one and only Son. Among other things, Christ grants us salvation through his death on the cross.
- I believe in 2 Timothy 3: 16-17: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
- I believe faith is a verb: It is meant to be lived out in acts of holiness and outreach.
You’ll also learn more about my strengths and style for ministry as we get to know each other, but I thought I’d offer a few things there, too:
- Pastoral care is my greatest strength. I love people and I love caring for them as best as I can. I try very hard to be comforting and uplifting.
- I preach from the Scriptures, usually following the lectionary, but occasionally doing a series of one type or another.
- I keep regular office hours M-F, but also try to visit members of the church every day.
- I love to teach Sunday School and/or Bible studies.
I look forward to getting to know all of you in our time together. I am very much looking forward to being your pastor.