Michael Snetzer Associate Recovery Groups Pastor
I never set out to be a pastor. For the first 32 years of my life I passionately pursued the pleasures of this world and the desires of my flesh. I sought out power, prestige and prominence. In those pursuits I graduated from SMU with a BS in Economics with Financial Applications and minor in Computer Science. After securing a job in the Commercial Real Estate Finance industry I spent 10 years moving from company to company, using whatever and whoever might aide in my quest.
When all this failed to satisfy, I turned to the world of drugs and the darker side of life. This regrettably led to much destruction and pain, not just in my life, but in the lives of those closest to me. But by the grace of God, that is not the end of the story.
Recently divorced and severely addicted, I landed in a south Texas drug and alcohol treatment center in December of 1999. It was there that God began to reveal His plan for my life. It was there that He brought about brokenness. It was there that he shined the light of His grace into the darkness of my heart and the chaos of my life. It was there that the Spirit gave me hope. It was there that I first believed.
Returning to Dallas I was like a newborn baby, so scared and not understanding what had happened. God had placed within me a love for Him and for His people. He gave me the gift of discernment, which to me is the ability to discern truth. This led me back to the church, Christ's lovely bride, where for the first time, I felt at home.
He redirected my life, and I returned to school and received a Masters in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. God brought me to The Village Church in the spring of 2003 and continued to do amazing things in my heart. I wasn't sure why I was here, but it soon became clear that I was to help start a Recovery ministry. We launched in January 2004 what has now become Recovery at The Village, our repentance and reconciliation ministry. Early on as a lay leader, God opened the door for me to start counseling at the Center for Christian Counseling, where I maintained a full-time counseling practice for two years prior to coming on staff. The biblical counseling training I received there has been instrumental in shaping our ministry. I continue to do part-time work there as I have now served here as the Recovery and Reconciliation Pastor since April 2007.
Today, I enjoy life with my family: my lovely bride, Sonia, and my beautiful children McKenna, Ava and Greyson.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that, as a church, we would fall deeply in love with Jesus and accurately reflect God's love to the world around us, to the praise of His name!