August 20, 2013
Noel Snyder, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), joins the Alma College staff as director of spiritual life. As the college chaplain, he oversees campus ministries that honor a diversity of faith perspectives.
Snyder replaces Carol Gregg, who recently accepted a senior pastor position for The Congregation at Duke University Chapel in Durham, N.C.
“Many college students are exploring their spirituality and looking for opportunities to live their faith,” says Nick Piccolo, vice president for student life. “Noel brings a great sense of passion for campus ministry and a set of experiences that will enable him to build on Alma’s foundations of active worship services, religious life programming and service through such programs as alternative breaks.”
Prior to his Alma assignment, Snyder served as an associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor, Wash., where he oversaw all worship and discipleship activities for the 350-member congregation.
He is pursuing a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has a master of divinity degree from Fuller and a bachelor’s degree in music and philosophy from Hope College.
“I’ve always wanted to be a college chaplain because of the excitement of being in an environment where students across disciplines are asking questions and exchanging ideas,” says Snyder. “I want to be a part of that interaction and help students deepen their faith through it.”
His goals include encouraging more students to be active in spiritual life activities and ensuring the campus is a welcoming place for students of all faiths.
“I myself benefited greatly from a college chapel program that supported me through my liberal arts education,” he says. “My role is to help students who have ideas and questions in their studies and relate those to their beliefs about God and the practice of their faith.”
Snyder also has served as an adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., worship and music assistant at San Marino Community Church in San Marino, Calif., and music director at Olivet Reformed Church in Grandville, Mich.
Alma College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).