Robert felt a call to ministry at an early age, even while attending the Methodist church where he grew up. He became fascinated with New Age faiths in his early teens and at 16 self-dedicated as a Wiccan.
Having very open-minded parents gave Robert the opportunity to study broadly on his own. It wasn't until he went to college that he had the opportunity for group worship, however. For the next several years he worshiped, led and studied with various groups and as a solitary. During this time he was exposed to many different Pagan traditions, but throughout it the Goddess called him to the Wiccan path.
In late 2007 Robert found a group of friends that celebrated together and joined them in several religious services. They shared a desire to establish a church-- a place of open and life-affirming worship as Wiccans. The next spring when he attended Spring Mysteries in Seattle with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, Robert found a group that shared his goals and calling. Further, he discovered that many of the books and materials he had been using for so long were written by ATC members! He was initiated into the Tabernacle Tradition in April of 2008.
In May 2008 Robert had the opportunity to fully realize the call to service that had begun in his teens, as he and two friends founded the Crossroads Tabernacle Church as an affiliate of the ATC. Since then, he has worked hard to establish Crossroads as a visible presence within the Pagan community as well as in the larger faith community in Michigan. In 2009, Crossroads became the first Wiccan church in the state to be given the Governor's Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer and Meditation. Later that same year, Crossroads was invited to engage in prison ministry, again a first for Wiccan churches in Michigan.
As High Priest of Crossroads Tabernacle Church - ATC, Robert continues to serve the Goddess and God by expanding the opportunities for public worship, study, and ministry services for Wiccans and other Pagans.
Robert is an avid fan of world music as well as the music of medieval Europe and loves to surround himself with the music of places and times that he has seen as well as those he has not.
As Crossroads Tabernacle Church has always sought to be not just a Wiccan church, but also a church of Earth-based spirituality, it is with great joy that I am able to announce a new step that we have taken towards inclusivity of other paths to the Gods.
Let it be known that on the 28th of March, year 2015 of the Common Era, Timothy Paul Schneider, having performed the duties required of him, and having heard and acknowledged the call to clergy from the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits, has been duly accepted into the clergy of the Crossroads Tabernacle Church as a Pagan priest. We recognise his standing within the Northern Tradition and Heathen communities to perform those rites as are meet for such standing by that path, and welcome him as an ordained member of our clergy, able to perform all duties and public rites as described within the Ordains of the church.