101 Quaker Hill Drive, Richmond, IN 47374 USA
Ben Snyder is the North American Ministries Coordinator for Friends United Meeting. As North American Ministries Coordinator, a newly-created position within the Richmond staff team, Ben supports the four Board-appointed program committees to carry out the four core emphases of the new North American Ministries program: Flourishing Friends – a network of trained “congregational coaches” serving Friends Meetings/Churches; Stoking the Fire – an annual retreat for individuals who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and are seeking deeper faith and bolder witness; Unleashing the Power – regional workshops to equip Friends with practical resources; African Friends in North America – a network of support and mutual encouragement for individual African Friends, African congregations, and the North American yearly meetings to which they belong
Ben received degrees in German Education and Spanish Education from Ball State University. He taught German and Spanish language, literature, and culture in public high school settings for over a decade. He is a life-long Friend and is a member of Bear Creek Friends Church and Indiana Yearly Meeting. He has served as a hospital chaplain, a preacher for pulpit supply, a member of various IYM committees, and as a minister for several different churches. He currently serves as the pastor of West River Friends Church near Hagerstown, Indiana.
Ben met his wife, Melissa, while she was studying in the US as an international student from the Cayman Islands, BWI. They have been married for over ten years and have a daughter, Elizabeth. When the Snyders are not visiting family in West Bay, Grand Cayman, they reside in Farmland, Indiana.