Jackson Snyder was called to preach as a youth under A. A. Allen’s Miracle Ministry of the 1960s. An entertainer for 10 years, Snyder put in 25 years as a pastoral minister and sacred musician. Never feeling comfortable with some church teachings, he acquired bachelors’ degrees in computer and psychology, going on to received a masters’ in Divinity emphasizing Intertestamental Studies. On the web since 1995, he was awarded a Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Retiring in 2005, he founded the Essene Yahad movement, which has grown tremendously since.