Susie Reeder- Minister of Missions
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Susie Reeder was born the youngest of five children to James and Gwen Reeder in Henderson, Kentucky. She became a rabid Wildcat fan while attending the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1984 with an Art Education degree. While attending a BSU conference her Junior year of college, she heard Keith Parks speak and felt God’s call into ministry, so upon graduation she entered the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She graduated with a MDiv in Christian Education in 1988. Having served churches in Memphis and Murfreesboro, TN, Susie served as the Minister of Youth for 11 years, Minister of Missions for 12 years for a total of 23 years!
In the summer of 2001, Susie felt God calling her to adopt a child and felt confirmation when she took the youth to Passport camp that summer. The mission offering for Passport was to go to an agency called Dillon International to do humanitarian work at an orphanage in Vietnam.Although Susie was led to China first, God showed her that her child was in that very orphanage where the youth had given their mission offering that summer. After 2 trips to Vietnam, Hannah HaLe and Susie became a forever family on July 3rd. Hannah is now a Senior in HS and loves to dance. In 2005, Susie began the process again to bring home a baby sister for Hannah. Ella was also adopted from Vietnam arrived in the US on September 27 at the age of 21 months. Ella is now 13 loves playing soccer and basketball! Susie’s favorite book is “Let Prayer Change Your Life” by Becky Tirabassi and it certainly did change her life. Susie also likes to paint and take photographs and her life verse is Jeremiah 33:3!
Giles Blankenship – Minister of Worship
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Born and raised in Martinsville, VA, cutting his musical teeth in church and school choirs, and an unashamed and self-proclaimed band geek, Giles tried his hand at writing his first songs at 16. Thankfully, many of those first songs are still buried on various cassette tapes – yes, cassette tapes – in the back of the kitchen junk drawer at his parent’s house. But they’ve not all been relegated to the junk drawer, five albums later, Giles is now excited about his latest release, The Day Is Dawning, a collection of songs about grief and hope, loss and finding solid ground as a community. Giles and his family currently reside in Fayetteville, NC, where he serves as worship pastor with Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, loves being a husband and dad, uses Crest toothpaste, enjoys frozen blended coffee beverages, and periodically takes slow walks in the park.
Geron Gambill – Church Administrator
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Geron joined the staff as Church Administrator in January 2004. He was born and grew up in Harrisonburg, VA, and attended Trevecca Nazarene University, graduating in 1978 with a major in Multiple Staff Ministry. He has served on church staff in TN, NC and PA in various capacities.
Geron and Kathy have been married since 1992, and have raised their 4 children together. Three are now married, and Geron and Kathy are proud grandparents to four grandchildren.
A few out-of-the box things you might not know about Geron: He earned his private pilot’s license in 1986, but hasn’t flown in some years. He has owned and ridden several motorcycles over the years; his present ride is a Honda VFR Interceptor. He enjoys target shooting, hunting and reloading, yard work and tinkering with tools and fixing things. He loves music, especially sacred, classical and big band music, and plays trumpet in the Snyder Orchestra, and several local ensembles.
He has helped start several Sunday School classes and discipleship groups over the years. His favorite scripture is Psalm 37. He loves to read both non-fiction and fiction. Some favorite or memorable books are: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Blackhawk Down, and The Perfect Storm. Favorite writers include C.S. Lewis, Oswald Chambers, Patrick Lencioni, and fiction writers Michael Connelly, Tom Clancy, Jonathan Kellerman, and Stephen Hunter.
Craig Morrison – Minister with Youth
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Craig loves serving with the servant-hearted team at Snyder and seeks to inspire students to connect with Christ, authentic community and their personal call. Craig enjoys communicating God’s Word at conferences, retreats, camps and worship services across North Carolina. He is passionate to help students and parents to find their true identity Christ alone. Craig is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach (CCLC) and uses a coach approach to help people gain greater awareness and discern their personal call from God. One of Craig’s significant scripture verses is Ephesians 4:11 which says, “Equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” Craig is at his best when he is working with people who are seeking an authentic relationship and desire to grow into the person that God created them to become.
His favorite restaurant is Luigi’s, but also enjoys meeting people for lunch at Roly Poly. Craig reads leadership, vision and communication books from several authors like Andy Stanley, Carey Nieuwhof, Tim Elmore and Donald Miller. He’s an INTP on the Myers-Briggs, but he learned from his many years on the clogging stage how to be an extrovert when he’s in public. Craig met the love of his life, Laurie, while attending Mars Hill College (now University) because she was his first clogging partner on the Bailey Mountain Clogging Team. They’ve been married since 1999 and have two growing boys who love to play soccer, basketball, baseball, spike ball and more soccer.
Bruce Herrmann – Associate Pastor
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Bruce Herrmann was called to Snyder in 2013. He grew up in Fayetteville and after graduating from Campbell University worked in the insurance industry in Winston-Salem, Kinston and Charlotte. In 2000, he answered God’s call to ministry and entered Campbell Divinity School, graduating in 2004. Bruce has served the Lord in North Carolina Baptist churches as Minister to Families, Minister of Education, Minister of Music, Minister of Recreation, Associate Pastor and as a Pastor.
Bruce’s wife Becky is employed locally as a Physician’s Assistant. God blessed their marriage with three daughters; Erin lives in the Charlotte area and like her Mom, is a PA. Jami is the mother of three busy boys whose husband Michael is a Chick-fil-a operator in Vero Beach, FL. Abbey is a free-lance writer with two boys and cheers on her husband David who works in real estate in Hilton Head, SC.
Bruce enjoys spending time with Becky and the family, singing, playing the guitar and an occasional round of golf with his brothers. He’s passionate about caring for God’s people, strengthening our families and enjoys planning trips for our adults. His hidden talent really is hidden….as he can be found behind a curtain bringing a puppet to life during VBS.
Look for Bruce at Outback or Chick-fil-a (supporting his son-in law) when the cupboard gets low.
Recognizing all we are able to accomplish comes through Christ, Bruce’s favorite scripture is John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Richard Suggs – Minister of Music
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Karen McAmis – Director of Children & Family Ministry
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