Pastor Dale B. Snyder, senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Linden, is a third-generation social activist.
He started early, talking about social justice around the dinner table and on the many fishing trips he took with his father, an African Methodist Episcopal minister, and grandfather. His older brothers were involved in Black Nationalist politics and issues of black identity. Conversation was always about liberation and human rights. Snyder also learned the value of organizing when his father started a construction company rehabilitating homes and the business grew into a unionized company focused on street and highway projects. He followed along, becoming a journeyman machine operator.
A graduate of David Myers University with a BA in Business Administration and Ashland Theological Seminary, Snyder worked for government and private firms, and along the way, always supported union activities. He lobbied for Ohio House Bill 584, supporting set asides for minority contractors. He lobbied to include minority contractors in the construction of Linden-McKinley HS. He joined with the NAACP demanding minority contracting opportunities during Ohio State University's building spree. Pastor Snyder has joined the city's efforts to reduce violence among African-American youth.
During this past election campaign, Snyder rallied 96 AME churches to gather signatures against SB 5 and became Franklin County's outreach coordinator for We Are Ohio. He also helped persuade officials to allow weekend voting before the election and brought in a record number of new voters, helping the disenfranchised gain a voice.