Pastor Schneider was born 28 July 1845 [Schnurr records birth in 1846] and served in the Basel Mission School. He was ordained on 13 March 1873 and went to Canada before going to Stephan where he served the congregation from 1882-1915. He died in March 1915 and is buried in Stephan.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen – Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: AER Verlag Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1978): 170, 193.