Leadership

Dick Snavely / Founder, CFO | email

Dick wanted to own a business from as far back as he can remember.  As a kid he sold shoe strings, seeds, and magazine subscriptions to people in the neighborhood.  Before the days of vending machines, Dick's dad made a wagon for selling soda and chocolate milk, which he sold to local factory workers.  Each week he divided his profits and made plans to grow his business.  God was at work, teaching Dick about his gifts at a very young age, for very good reasons.

As Chief Financial Officer, Dick works closely with financial services on budgets and other money matters.  As founder of Family Life, Dick comes to work every morning with this in mind:  be a good example of Christ and show God's love to people.  Dick loves his staff,  and is always available for encouragement and counseling.

Dick graduated from Bob Jones University in 1954 and got his first job as a film evangelist for the Billy Graham organization.  After much traveling with the ministry, Dick got tired of being away from home.  So to stay closer to family, he became a pastor of a small non-denominational church in the coal fields of West Virginia.  However, shortly after accepting the position, a power struggle broke out in the church, and Dick was asked to leave.

Wounded and broken hearted, he sought another place to serve the Lord with his gifts and talents.  In 1957 he met with a group of pastors who were anxious for someone to organize a youth ministry in the Finger Lakes region of Western NY.  With his passion for ministry and a head for business, Dick jumped at the opportunity.  That's how Area Youth for Christ was born.  Dick loved working with youth, and as YFC grew, so did his passion for spreading the Gospel.  Dick renamed the company Family Life and built a Christian radio network, FLN, to get the word out.  After directing Family Life for nearly fifty years, Dick stepped down and the Board of Directors appointed his son, Rick, president and CEO.  Dick says it's the third best decision he's made, next to accepting Christ and marrying his wife!

Dick and his wife, Jackie, live in Avoca, NY and have four children and eleven grandchildren.  One of the most amazing blessings of Dick's life has been watching all his kids come to know Christ.

Rick Snavely / President, CEO | email

Rick counts it a privilege to serve as President and CEO of Family Life. Frankly, he didn't see himself ending up as a business manager when he first got started in radio programming - a job he could have done for the rest of his life. However, what motivated Rick into ministry leadership was his pure desire to do what God wanted.

Rick was barely three years old when his parents moved to New York to begin the ministry in 1957. Just ask Rick about his childhood memories. He'll tell you what a blessing it was to have grown up in a family where serving Christ came as naturally as eating and sleeping. Because of that, God has miraculously worked and provided for Family Life, building Rick's trust and faith in big, big ways.

When Rick was in high school he felt Jesus directly calling him to be part of Area Youth for Christ, the ministry started by his dad. Rick has always seen a hero in his dad. Dick (his dad) serves God with joy, passion, and excitement - very contagious things. Rick wanted that and sensed God leading him back to the ministry after college. He never imagined that God would give him the honor of managing Family Life - a ministry that has been blessed beyond comprehension.

When Rick turned 50, he asked God what he should do with the next 50 years. The answer was: Do what you've been doing. Use the ministry of Family Life to reach as many people as possible with Christ and his message of love and hope. Rick then rededicated his life to following the call set before him.

Rick loves to brag on his wife, Sherri - his best friend, number one consultant, and love of his life. He thanks God all the time for knowing exactly what he needed in a companion. She is far better a woman than he deserves ... and he'll tell you that! They are blessed with two great children and their spouses and one granddaughter. Their son Chad and daughter-in-law Kasey live in Orlando, Florida and are proud parents of daughter Mila. Chad works at Relevant Magazine. Their daughter Rachelle and son-in-law Justin, live in St. Louis where both work in the food service industry.

What does Rick love more than God, family, and radio? Not much, but yard work is on that list. Can you believe it? It's true that landscaping can be fun and rewarding work. And after playing in the dirt all day, Rick appreciates the occasional muscle ache that follows some good physical labor. Hey, it beats the occasional headache after office work!

Jeff Harmon / Chief Operating Officer (COO) | email

Jeff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the ministry, bringing a positive influence to employees, and ensuring that each ministry department has what it needs to succeed.  Jeff's biggest responsibility is to support the president of Family Life, allowing him to do more than he has time to do.

What does Jeff love? Well, for starters he loves people.  As operations manager, he works directly with every staff person at Family Life, addressing concerns and requests, and making sure everyone knows and understands the vision of the organization.

Before joining Family Life, Jeff worked for his dad's business doing construction work for over 25 years.  He started in maintenance, working his way up until he started running departments and meeting with customers.  During this time, Jeff also served churches doing music and administration tasks.  The last church he served was Northgate Church in Batavia as Director of Operations.

Jeff met Rick Snavely, the president of Family Life, five years ago while raising funds to bring a Family Life radio outlet to Titusville, PA.  After meeting Rick, Jeff had a strange feeling - now he knows it was the power of the Holy Spirit - that someday he'd be working with Rick at Family Life.  Jeff didn't expect it to come true!  Now he believes that God has trained him for the last 25 years to be doing what he's doing now at Family Life.

Jeff and his wife, Shari, live in Bath, NY, and are the parents of two boys - Nathan and Neil.

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