The Reverend Doctor Benjamin D. Snoddy is a native of Spartanburg County where he was born the third child of six children to Mrs. Geneva Snoddy and the late Deacon Cornell Snoddy, Sr.
He was baptized as a new convert at the New Trinity Baptist Church of Wellford, SC at the age of 13. After becoming licensed in the Gospel Ministry in 1965, he later served as interim pastor of his home church for a short period of time. He was ordained in 1967 at the request of New Trinity Baptist Church by the Spartanburg County Baptist Association.
Rev. Snoddy graduated in teacher education from Claflin University of Orangeburg, SC in 1969 and Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, GA in 1972 where his vocation was in Parish Ministry and his concentration was in Psychology, Pastoral Care and Counseling. He did further study in the doctoral program at McCormick Theological Seminary of Chicago, IL. His training includes Clinical Pastoral Education (four quarters) and one year of Advanced Pastoral Psychotherapy. He received the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Morris College in 1992.
Rev. Snoddy has served as pastor of the Bushy Pond Baptist Church of Norway, SC and the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Blackville, SC. He has also held the position of Clinical Chaplain for four years at the South Carolina Department of Corrections with assignments in Columbia, SC. He was an instructor at Morris College's School of Religion of Sumter, SC from 1973-1976, and at Rutledge College of Spartanburg, SC for the 1977-1978 academic year. He also served as the Moderator of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association from 1989 to 2009. He has served as President of the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education and as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Spartanburg Technical College for seven years of his twelve year tenure. In appreciation for Rev. Snoddy's commitment and visionary leadership, the Spartanburg Technical College Board of Commissioners named the college's boardroom in his honor, namely the "Dr. Benjamin D. Snoddy Boardroom." A $10,000 scholarship was also endowed in his name at the college. Rev. Snoddy was inducted by his alma mater into the Claflin University's "Hall of Fame" in November of 2003. In November 2005, the Governor of South Carolina awarded him with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award given by the State of South Carolina. He received the Urban League's Whitney Young Humanitarian Award in November 2006 for outstanding community service. He was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA on April 6, 2006 during the Science and Spiritual Awareness Week. He served as a member of the South Carolina State Technical and Comprehensive Education Board of Directors for ten (10) years and was honored for his service.
Rev. Snoddy is a member of the BB & T Advisory Board of Spartanburg and Assistant Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate. He is Moderator Emeritus of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association. He is an Assistant Dean of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, which is an affiliate of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Rev. Snoddy was elected on May 8, 2008 by the Baptist E & M Convention of South Carolina to serve as its fifteenth President. He is a member of the AMIKids White Pines Board of Directors of Jonesville, SC., and of the Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Rev. Snoddy is a member of the Board of Trustees of Benedict College of Columbia, SC and Morris College of Sumter, SC.
Rev. Snoddy is the Senior Pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Spartanburg where he has served for the past 35 years of his 45 years in ministry. The church's motto is "Raising People to God's Standard." The spirit of this motto was championed in 2008 and 2009 in the country of Roatan, Honduras where Rev. Snoddy and members of his congregation including his lovely wife, Sheila, went on a mission trip to further the work of Christ. The group consisted of a Medical Team, Evangelistic Team and a Children's Ministry Team. During this one week trip, Rev. Snoddy proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the total ministry of this evangelistic work, souls were lead to Christ. The church's motto is also championed in the teaching and training ministries of the church. Pastor Snoddy focuses on the spiritual growth and development of leaders and of each member with a view toward a life of worship to God, service to mankind and a witnessing Christian lifestyle.
Rev. Snoddy is married to the former Miss Sheila L. Harvin and is the father of two adult daughters, Angela Snoddy Dublin and Stephanie Snoddy. He is blessed with one granddaughter, Kristen.
Rev. Snoddy is deeply committed to the church because he believes that the church constitutes God's family and is the instrument God has commissioned to transform the world from darkness to a life in Jesus Christ. His efforts, to nurture Mount Moriah and to reach out to other churches through the work of the state convention as President, reflects the passion of this man for the mission and work of God.
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