Metropolitan Bishop John Schneyder was born March 14, 1932 in New York City. His primary and secondary education was received in the New York area. He attended City College of New York from 1949 to 1953.

Metropolitan John first attended Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Saviour on west 69th Street in Manhattan in December of 1952. At that time the Church was known as the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in America. It had recently been granted Canonical status by the Russian Synod Abroad and was officially designated by them as the American Orthodox Mission.

In February of 1953, Metropolitan John was Baptized and Chrismated by Archbishop James Toombs.

From 1953 to 1954 Metropolitan John studied at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, N.Y. From 1954 to 1955 he studied under Fr. Adrian Rimarenke, Spiritual Director of the Spring Valley Russian Synod convent, Novo Diveyevo, Rockland County, N.Y. Metropolitan John studied Dogmatic Theology from 1955 to 1957 with the Very Rev. Damian Krehel, professor of Moral Theology at St. Tikhon's Seminary.
In November of 1961, Metropolitan John was ordained a Deacon by Archbishop James in the Chapel of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, N.Y. In July of 1962, he was Ordained a Priest by Archbishop James in the same Chapel.

April 25th, 1970, Archbishop James Ordained Presbyter John Schneyder to the Holy Episcopacy.

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Metropolitan Bishop John Schneyder