Apostle, Founder, & Visionary
Bishop Wayne V. Snider
(Please note: This bio only reflects highlights of Bishop Snider’s ministerial journey. There is another bio for the academia side.)
On Wednesday night, November 13, 1991, after rededicating his life back to God in Rutledge Chapel on the University of South Carolina Campus, Bishop Snider had a visitation from the Lord Jesus Christ concerning his call into ministry. On Sunday, August 2, 1992, after running from the call, he surrendered to the call at the altar while attending worship service at the Abundant Life Tabernacle AME Zion Church where Pastor (now Bishop) Brian D. Moore was the pastor and founder. Upon return to the University of South Carolina in August 1992, he was led to change his major from Computer Science to Religious Studies and began his pursuit of ministry.
In September 1992, Bishop Snider joined the Genesis Church of God in Christ, Columbia, South Carolina as a “watch-care” member under the leadership of Elder (now Bishop) Keith A. Kershaw, founder, and pastor. On Friday night, December 4, 1992, Bishop Snider with permission from Elder Kershaw attended Refuge Temple Church of Columbia’s worship service where the late Bishop William L. Bonner, founder, and Pastor, was having services on Assembly Street at the Holiday Inn Coliseum - University of South Carolina. During the service, Bishop Bonner was led to call a prayer line. When Bishop Snider approached Bishop Bonner for prayer, Bishop Bonner asked for the anointing oil and stated to all in attendance that the Lord told him to impart his “mantle and anointing” into this young man for the work he was chosen to do! Bishop Bonner anointed Bishop Snider’s hands, feet, and ears plus laid his hands on his stomach, and then laid prostrate over him. Bishop Snider burned for the next 21 days…
Bishop Snider was licensed to preach by Elder Kershaw on April 25, 1993. Upon licensure, the Holy Ghost spoke to Bishop Snider to follow and watch the ministries of Elder (now Bishop) Keith A. Kershaw, Pastor (now Bishop) Brian D. Moore, and Superintendent (now Apostle) Sammy C. Smith of Grace Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Sumter, South Carolina.
Since then, many “Generals” recognized in the Body of Christ have spoken into the life and/or
imparted wisdom into this 20th/21st Century mouthpiece such as:
The late Archbishop J. Delano Ellis, II, founding General Overseer of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops in 1993 at Grace Cathedral COGIC and then 21 years later after Bishop Snider relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.
The late Prophet Dr. Ronnie E. Tomblin, Founder and Senior Pastor of Ever-Increasing Faith Ministries and Founder/President of The Elijah School of the Prophets, Inc., Charlotte/Concord, North Carolina (1996-1999).
In 1997, Bishop Snider completed his thesis work after two years of research and defended his thesis on the subject, “The 20th Century Church and its Impact on The Black Male Experience” which he then was granted his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree on December 15, 1997.
In August 1998, Bishop Snider began his next journey taking steps toward Christian and Pastoral Counseling. In August 2000 he was granted his Masters in Pastoral Counseling degree in route to his doctoral degree. Bishop Snider began his doctoral dissertation toward his Doctor of Philosophy Degree. He defended his dissertation on “The Power of Forgiveness” in July 2002. Bishop Snider’s dissertation addressed psychosomatic and pneuma-somatic illnesses from a therapeutic perspective as it relates to religious epistemology. In August 2002, he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Pastoral Counseling and received his Christian Counseling Certification.
As a theologian and philosopher, Bishop Snider’s journey led him towards continual intensive research and writing as a curriculum developer for ministry institutions and soon-to-be-released publications.
Bishop Snider also received licensure and ordination from the following church and ministry organizations:
Ordained Prophet – The Elijah School of the Prophets, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina – July 1996
Ordained Pastor – Life in the Word Church International, Lexington, North Carolina – July 1997 (Pastor Eddie & the late Co-Pastor Linda Scott)
Ordained Pastor – Word of Reconciliation Ministries, High Point, North Carolina – March 2003 (Bishop Quinton & Co-Pastor Donna Boger)
Consecrated Bishop and installed as Presiding Prelate of True-Life World Ministries, Inc.– April 1, 2006, Moncks Corner, South Carolina by the Late Bishop Ricky K. O’Neal, Chief Consecrator – Greater Joy Tabernacle with a Board of Bishops and Apostles
Affirmed and launched as an Apostle – September 2, 2007, Unity Faith Alliance International, Apostle M. Christopher Wilson, Hickory, North Carolina
As an apostle, Bishop Snider’s Kingdom assignment identifies the problems and challenges that exist in ministry settings, and he teaches leaders “how to lead”, “problem-solve”, “equip”, and “maintain”, etc. within the marketplace setting.
Bishop Snider’s past and present community and global affiliations include:
The South Carolina Reentry Initiative – Lowcountry Civil Justice Corps Dream Team Member, North Charleston, South Carolina
Membership in the Cambridge Who's Who among Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, Cambridge, England
Membership, ForbesBLK 2023
Bishop Snider has been blessed to serve and minister in 12 states and over 70 churches and ministries. He also has served as a board member for over 25 years of ministries located in Camden, New Jersey; Ridgeland, South Carolina; Brooklyn, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Newark, New Jersey; Hickory, North Carolina; Moncks Corner, South Carolina; Greenville, Illinois, and Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Seminars & Workshops Facilitated by Bishop Snider in the past include:
Apostolic Authority: Walking in Your Assignment, Waldorf, MD
The Apostolic Vs Ecclesiastical Structure, Atlanta, GA
Types of Apostolic Houses, Atlanta, GA
Effective Leadership 101: Mobilizing Spiritual Task Forces, Colonial Beach, VA
The Spiritual Life of The Believer: Overcoming Wounds and Offenses from Self Affliction or Ministry Affliction, Colonial Beach, VA
Praise & Worship: Being Effective and Being One With the Spirit! St. Stephen, SC
Proper Attitudes Towards Leadership, Columbia, SC
Understanding the Prophetic, Florence, SC
Bishop Snider’s insight as a theologian allowed him the opportunity to co-facilitate at the Washington Medical Center Campus in Washington, DC The Gospel of Healing: Addressing HIV Within Faith Communities (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in Spring 2015 and Spring 2019 for the University of Maryland School of Social Work Continuing Professional Education
Bishop Snider is the founder, presiding prelate, and chief apostle of True-Life World Ministries, Inc., founder/CEO of TANOICAM (The Apostolic Network of Interdependent Churches and Ministries, Inc.), founder and visionary of Lighthouse H2R, Inc. and founder/CEO of Advocacy Concepts Coalition, Inc.
Bishop Snider is a son, brother, and father to Alfonso, Ronald (Erin), Eric, Geoffrey (Salea), Phillip (his nephew), and grandfather to eight. He is also a spiritual father to other sons and daughters in the ministry.