Dr. Carl H. Snyder was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in May 1946. He met his wife Pat during high school, and they married in 1965. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Kristen, and seven grandchildren. Stephanie went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 1998, at age 30. Kristen currently lives near them in Southern Maryland.
Dr. Snyder served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, just after high school. After the military, he served on the Prince Georges’ Police Department in Maryland from 1968 to the early seventies. He then accepted God’s calling in his life to enter the ministry. He enrolled in Washington Bible College, and in 1974 he began his formal ministry pastoring a church in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In 1976 he accepted a position as associate pastor at Allentown Baptist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland. After serving there for three years, he left to start a new church in La Plata, Maryland. The new work grew rapidly, and they completed three building programs over the first eight years. In 1999 he accepted a position at Grace Brethren Church in Waldorf, Maryland, where he was in charge of pastoral counseling for the next three years.
His formal education began at the University of Tennessee in 1965. He graduated from Washington Bible College, then went on to study at Trinity University, Indiana, and the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. He currently holds a Doctor of Theology degree in Theology and Biblical Counseling.
He served as Vice President of two mortgage companies, and served on the board of directors for Washington Bible College and Care Net Pregnancy Center. He currently is a notary public for the State of Maryland. His hobbies include golf, boating, and stamp collecting. He enjoys traveling and has been to Canada, the Azores, Portugal, Germany, the Caribbean and Aruba.
In 2001, Dr. Snyder responded to the Lord’s call to start a new church, Grace Chapel Ministries, in Mechanicsville, Maryland, where he continues to serve as their Senior Pastor. His desire is to help as many people as possible know God in a personal intimate way and grow in their relationship to Him.