Pastor Nathan Snode
I had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian home. My parent taught my brothers and I the Bible and took us faithfully to Sunday School and church. At the time I did not understand the significance of what was taking place, but now I look back and thank God for the godly heritage that has been so influential in my life. The greatest thing that has ever happened to me occurred when I was seventeen years old. I had heard the gospel literally thousands of times. I knew that Jesus died for the sins of the world, that He was buried, and that He rose again after three days. But there is a vast difference between knowing something in your head and believing it in your heart. As a senior in high school, I realized that Jesus died for me personally. If I was the only person on planet earth, He still would have come and given his life so that I could have forgiveness and salvation. On a Monday night in October of 2000, I bowed by my bed in Harlem Springs, OH and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart and life. At that very instant, I received a peace and a joy that I had never known before. That day changed EVERYTHING for me! As a child of God, the Heavenly Father began to work on me and give me a burden to get involved in His Work. I followed God’s leading to Crown College of the Bible in Knoxville, TN. I originally planned on spending just a year or two there, but during a missions conference that took place my sophomore year of college, God called me to preach. I surrendered to that calling and began to prepare with a greater intensity for whatever God had for me next. A few years later I was given the opportunity to return to my home church in Carrollton, Ohio and begin ministry there. I am so grateful for all of the practical experience I gleaned during my six years of service at the Carrollton Baptist Temple under Pastor Dave Powell. In the summer of 2010, God began to work in my heart, as well as the heart of my wife Sheila, about starting a church in Pittsburgh. The providence of God led us to camp where we got to know Pastor Kurt Skelly from Harvest Baptist Church in Natrona Heights, PA. He told us about Cranberry Township and the great need for a Bible preaching church to be planted there. We prayed and sought counsel and eventually the Lord gave us perfect peace about moving to Cranberry and starting Lifeway Baptist Church. April 22,2012 was our very first Sunday and God blessed in a big way. Now, over four years later, we are still seeing God work in mighty ways. He has become so real to us. He has established and built our church and we give Him all the glory for what is taking place. I sincerely hope that you will come visit us real soon. I look forward to getting to know you!