Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Bob was born in 1952 and grew up in York, Pa. Following High School, he attended Columbian Preparatory School in Washington, DC, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Following graduation, he served for twelve years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. The Naval Academy and Marine Corps enabled Pastor Bob to travel to a variety of countries in Europe and Asia.
After departing the Marine Corps in 1988, Pastor Bob was employed by various companies for the next sixteen years leading teams in developing training materials for the Marine Corps, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Marriott International. He left Marriott in 2004 to answer the call to ministry and entered Wesley Theological Seminary. Following graduation in 2008, Pastor Bob was appointed to Salem UMC in Wolfsville, MD where he served for fifteen years. In 2023, he was appointed to his current two-point charge: Shiloh UMC and Washington Square UMC, both located in Hagerstown, MD. He has received a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Education degree, and a Master of Divinity degree.
Pastor Bob and his wife, Donna, were married in 1981 and have four daughters: Laura, Karyn, Colleen, and Loralli. They also have two granddaughters: Ella and Emersyn. Over the years, the Snyders have lived in seven different cities and small towns. They currently live in Myersville, MD. Pastor Bob shares, “I have been blessed over the years to experience a wide variety of people and places and have come to appreciate that in the ways that really matter in life, all people are all very much the same.
Regarding his ministry, Pastor Bob states, “I feel God leading me to help people become a disciple of Jesus Christ, to grow in their relationship with the Lord, and to share Christ with others. I want to help people discover their spiritual gifts and share those gifts with others. I want to help people know the redeeming love and care of God and help them live their best lives by living more and more the way Jesus lived his. I want to help people experience the joy of serving others. I want to help people believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and experience the hope he offers, hope knowing they have a future beyond life on this earth, and hope knowing that God is with us right now to help us and guide us every step of the way through our journey here on earth.”