Combat specialist and TV personality EJ Snyder is looking forward to visiting Roseboro United Methodist Church(RUMC)to share stories of faith and survival.
Snyder will be visiting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at RUMC, 300 Broad St., Roseboro. Admission is free. The church will take up an offering the event. Following the presentation, a meet and greet session will follow.
Born and raised in New Jersey, the 50-year-old carries many titles. Some of them includes extreme survivalist, TV host and motivational speaker.
RUMC Pastor Bobby Herring Herring reached out to Snyder to share his religious experiences, which led to the upcoming event.
“Nowadays there’s so much stuff that turns people away from it,” Herring said about faith. “Since he’s a man who believes in God with a strong faith, I think they’ll get a lot out of that. He’s a regular Joe.”
Snyder grew up with a love of sports and spent a lot of time learning the art of fighting. He was bullied as a youth and found comfort in the outdoors by taking trips with his father to hunt, fish, trap, camp and hike.
At 19, Snyder joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman and paratrooper. He was exposed to survival training while attending Ranger School and continued to improve his outdoor skills in the process. As an instructor, he became the primary survival and tracking instructor for the Florida Ranger Camp. It was one of several accomplishment in survival and self-defense education. Many more would follow, such as becoming a government contract survival instructor and training Green Berets and teaching other techniques at the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg.
In all, Snyder has more than 40 years of outdoor experience and 25 years of survival and military experience. Ten of those years were spent as a formal instructor.
His experience in survival and the military lead to a career in television as a technical adviser, commentator for film, commercial and TV projects. Snyder made appearances on the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid,” and appeared in TNT’s “72 Hours: The Fijian Jungle.” Snyder also volunteers his time with several community organizations such as YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Herring is looking forward to Snyder’s visit to Sampson County.
“I’ve been watching the survival shows for a long time and I was always impressed by EJ when he was on there,” Herring said. “He didn’t use a lot of foul language and didn’t feel like he was above everyone else. He was real down-to-earth.”
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