Dick Snavely, Boss and Friend

Got word last night that Dick Snavely, founder of Family Life Ministries/Network (headquartered in Bath, NY) had transferred into the presence of our Lord.

He had been ill for many months, was ready…even eager…to step out of this life into the next.

I’ve known Dick at some level for almost four decades. For 21 of those years he was my “boss” as I served at Family Life.

For all of those years he was my friend.

Certainly not old enough to be my dad, but he was as close to a Dad as I had.

Over the years I sought his counsel on many crucial decisions. Over those years he offered unsolicited counsel, but in a kind and gentle way that I recognized was designed only to help me mature as a man and as a follower of Christ.

Perfect? Of course not.

And he’d be the first to say so.

But consistent, caring, and compassionate.

He wrote and published an autobiography several years ago An Ordinary Guy with The Extraordinary God which is also a history of the ministry he founded.

I last saw him a couple years ago. He was frail, but had a sharp mind. Prayed for me before I left.

And I pray comfort for his precious wife Jackie, and for the rest of the immediate family; and for the Spirit-extended family…the thousands upon thousands of lives “impacted with the message of hope” through this wonderful man.

If you never had the chance to meet him, perhaps I’ll have the privilege of introducing you to him in glory.

During times of victory (radio sharathons etc) Dick always…as in always, led us in singing this song…

 

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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