David Snyder

Director for Development

David Snyder is a missions executive with more than 35 years of experience in missionary service focused on getting the Word of God into the world’s 7,000+ languages. His areas of expertise include vision building and strategy development, human resource management, and innovation.

Prior to joining Lutheran Bible Translators in 2010, David served for 34 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, finishing his service there as Vice President for Personnel (HR). Twenty-four of those years were spent in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where he started in Bible translation but soon moved into administration and leadership roles. David completed his time there as Field Director of SIL-PNG, the largest overseas mission community in the world.

David holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia Sr. College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a master’s in Linguistics from the University of Papua New Guinea.

David lives in Concordia, MO., with his wife, Ruth. They have two adult children.

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Tel.: 1-800-532-4253 or
1-660-225-0810, ext. 110


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LBT is seeking Lutherans to serve overseas through the ministry of Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. If you feel that God may be leading you towards missions, LBT may have a place for you.