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Family Life Founder Dick Snavely Passes

HisAir.Net is sorry to report Family Life Network founder, Dick Snavely, has passed away.

Dick was the founder of Family Life Ministries, Inc. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1954 and got his first job as a film evangelist for the Billy Graham organization.

In 1957, Dick and his wife, Jackie, moved from Lancaster County, PA to begin a youth ministry called Area Youth for Christ. Dick loved working with youth, and as YFC grew, so did his passion for spreading the Gospel. In 1983, the organization began its first radio station.  Over the next 30 years, the radio outreach (later named Family Life) expanded to nearly 70 outlets throughout NY and PA. After directing the organization for nearly 50 years, Dick stepped down in 2002 to hand leadership over to his son, Rick Snavely. Dick then went on to serve Family Life as Chief Financial Officer for another 13 years.

To commemorate the ministry’s 50th anniversary in 2007, Dick wrote an autobiography “An Ordinary Guy…With The Extraordinary God” detailing the history of Family Life.  Dick was also the driving force behind the creation of New Life Homes-Snell Farm in the early 70s, a home that provided hope and direction to delinquent youths

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