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A 1971 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Greg Schneider worked eight years at the San Bernardino Sun newspaper, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and twice selected California Press Photographer of the Year.
After eight years in newspaper work, Schneider joined the staff of Worldwide Challenge magazine, published by Campus Crusade for Christ, working in more than ninety countries over the next dozen years. In 1992, Schneider went independent and has freelanced for a variety of book and magazine publishers, as well as universities.
In spring 2006, he was a featured speaker at Biola's annual journalism conference, and began teaching at Biola as an adjunct faculty member the following fall.
In the classroom, Schneider encourages his students not to think of photography as an end in itself, but as a means of furthering the kingdom of God.
"Pictures are a tool to encourage others in ministry," he says. "I don't really believe that pictures change people's lives; I believe people change people's lives. But pictures can motivate them to help if they see a need-to pray, give money or get involved in missions work."
Schneider's faith interacts with his craft in multiple ways, and he passes this principle of integration on to his students. "The bottom line is that they have to understand they're on an assignment from God," he says.
Schneider and his wife, Lane, live in Redlands with their three cats. Their daughter, Rachel, lives in Seattle. In his off time, Schneider enjoys playing violin and saxophone. With Lane playing bass, they front a jazz quartet called "Chopped Liver."
Greg Schneider may be reached at greg at gregschneider dot com.