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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Aug. 1, 2019, Young Harris College will welcome the Rev. Ryan C. Snider to serve as chaplain.

“College is a formative period for young adults, and I’m honored to pilgrim alongside students as they navigate questions regarding spirituality, identity and vocation in a rapidly changing world,” said Rev. Snider. “It’s very exciting to minister in an environment that values intellectual curiosity without disconnecting from practical acts of service and reconciliation.”

Rev. Snider completed his Master of Divinity degree at Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from LaGrange College. Prior to joining YHC, he served as senior pastor at Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Candler, North Carolina. Rev. Snider’s experience includes creating unique worship experiences beyond the walls of the church, facilitating Bible studies, providing counseling and overseeing the administrative functions of the church. He was selected to participate in the Bishop’s Emerging Leader’s Initiative and has also been a leader in mission projects and joint community worship services.

Rev. Snider will be joined by his wife, Danielle, and their children, Eden and Paxton.

“I am pleased that Ryan Snider will be joining the YHC community as our new chaplain,” said Vice President for Student Development Dr. Laura Whitaker-Lea. “He brings energy, enthusiasm and experience in helping students as they explore critical life questions. He is a great addition to the dynamic staff in Student Development.”

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit