Scott Snodgrass: Alumni Success Story

Taking risks through faith

Scott Snodgrass | Regional Director of Behavioral Health for SSM Health

Scott Snodgrass is among the countless number of adults who pursued the American dream, complete with a white picket fence, two and a half kids and a life that mirrored “Leave it to Beaver.”

Four kids and two career changes later, Snodgrass’s life resembles something far better than a ‘60s television show—his life resembles a plan God had for Snodgrass all along.

When Snodgrass began his career, he started at a non-profit organization determined to better the world. A few years later, he switched to a career in the insurance industry in order to pay off his student loans. But when his job needed him to relocate, Snodgrass realized he needed to return to a non-profit mission.

He landed a job in healthcare— behavioral health— but needed a graduate degree for his career. He pursued a master’s degree in counseling at MBU while working for Crider Health.

Following the birth of their daughter, his wife felt led to adopt. However, after working with adopted children and seeing how much struggle could be involved, Snodgrass didn’t feel the same calling as his wife. But later, he realized the “no” really was, “not yet.”

After graduating from MBU, Snodgrass landed a new position as the director of adolescent services with Bridgeway Health. Shortly after, he and his wife welcomed a smiling baby boy, Graham. His son’s diagnosis of Down syndrome influenced Snodgrass to reconsider his white picket fence plans. When Snodgrass planned out his life, he never planned for a child with a developmental disability. Turns out, the birth of Graham marked a pivotal moment in the Snodgrass family.

“After Graham’s birth, God began to work on my heart with adoption,” said Snodgrass. “If I would have had a healthy boy and a healthy girl, I would have said no. I have a good thing going, this is easy, I don’t want to mess this up. But then I decided I didn’t want to play it safe.”

It was then James 1:27 came to mind as reassurance, and Snodgrass felt a need to fulfill the command.

Snodgrass and his wife pursued the adoption process. After a year and a half, they were matched with their two Ghanaian sons: Francis and JoJo. Francis previously lived on the streets of Accra with his mother, and JoJo lived in Cape Coast with his uncle. JoJo’s family worked for just scraps of food, and the young boy was near death from malnourishment when the orphanage took him into their care.

Snodgrass knew that someone would have to stay home with his sons as they transitioned into the family and life in the United States. At the time, the Snodgrasses could not financially afford to have a stay-at-home parent, but they continued with the adoption journey, trusting God to provide.

“Not knowing how that was going to all work out—we had to trust God’s timing,” said Snodgrass. “It required a lot of faith.”

Last year, God once again provided as Snodgrass began his new position as the director of strategy and business development This role combines the skills built with his time in nonprofits, for-profits and counseling.

“The job at SSM met our needs and I believe rewarded our obedience,” said Snodgrass. “It’s a beautiful picture of following God’s timing and promises if you are obedient.”

The Snodgrasses visited their two sons several times before they came home, and moved the boys to the same Ghanaian orphanage to bond.

This August, his sons finally came home.

Having his sons in his home is a relief, but the trials of adoption are not over. However, any hardship is far worth the cost, he insists.

“Adoption is tough,” said Snodgrass. “It’s hard, but beautifully hard. Their needs are so much, you constantly pour out. It can be a very lonely but fulfilling journey, but at the same time you know it’s for God’s glory.”