Vero Essene Yahad, Who Are We?









Vero Essene Yahad Is An International Think Tank Providing A Safe Environment For
Those Perplexed By Pan-Biblical Texts And The Practices Of The Religious

The Yahad Is An Independent Voice; Not Affiliated With Church Or Synagogue

At present we are approximately 500 strong with affiliates all around the world.

  Elders: Daniel ben Regesh, David Bradford Brink, Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II, Henry Roth

   Ela Conner, Sandra Whatley, Valerie Mangeot, Jonathan Pendergrass, Christian Smith,

   Chris Plourde, Allyson Gary, Governor Staten, Mary Edwards, Lee Hayhurst, Marcelle Logue,

   Leona & Brian Toews, Brenda Westbeld | Deacons: Kimberly Pendergrass, Julie Welch

Leaders' contact information here.






Sandra Whatley - Ordained Founding Elder

Texas City - "Moringa Queen"


Ela "Shifra" Conner, FDN-P - Ordained Founding Elder

Coeur d'Alene, ID - Medical Practitioner

Naturally Living Well


Marcelle Logue - Founding Elder

Raleigh, NC - Master Teacher of the Gifted

Youth Ministry




Daniel Ben Regesh, BA - Ordained Elder, Bishop

Chattanooga - Preacher, Pastoral Care

Daniel became a part of the messianic movement in2001 while a student at The Florida State University. Due to his membership in the Jewish Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, As the fraternity's first African American president, Daniel developed strong interest in the Hebraic roots of the faith. Daniel came out of The Church, Of God And Christ, where he grew up with his family in Miami for 32 years. After coming to messianic faith he had the opportunity to serve in several different congregations. During his almost twenty year journey he was able to experience the many different failures plaguing the messianic community; ie, the body as slaves for the leadership instead of the leaders being servants.

Valerie Mangeot, BA - Ordained Founding Elder

Douglas, GA - Preacher, Secretary Boot Camp & Feasts Admin


Jonathan & Kimberly Pendergrass - Ordained Elder Dodge City - "Oblias" / Teacher, Inspector


D. Bradford Brink - Ordained Elder & Bishop

Birmingham - Teacher & Broadcaster


Brad is a Native of Tennessee currently living in diaspora in Alabama. He has an interest in the early Nazarene Ebionite works such as the Nazarene Acts and Homilies, Didache and extra biblical epistles of the 12 chosen Apostles. You can listen to Bradís teachings on his YouTube channel, where he is known as David HíNotsari, at this link.


Lee Hayhurst - Ordained Elder

Vero Beach - Feastmaster

2015 Shovel Award Winner


Jackson Snyder, AGS, BGS, M Div, CPE, DHL

Ordained Elder and Consecrated Bishop

Vero Beach - Founder, Broadcaster, Friend-raiser

Snyder has been interested in biblical studies since a boy.  He began professional ministry at the age of 25 (1978) in the United Methodist Church, became a lay speaker, camp minister and open-air preacher, was appointed his first pastorate in 1985, ordained in 1996 and retired to do Yahad in 2005.  He received his AGS and BGS from Indiana University in 1986 & 1987, his M Div from Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Christian Smith - Ordained Elder

Peru, IN - Security & Servant

I was reintroduced to YHVH in 2014, in a Christian bookstore. In that store I found a book that captivated my mind and body. I haven't been able to turn away from His Word since that beautiful day. I don't know if His Torah has been written on my heart yet, but it's certainly been written on my mind.


Brenda Westbeld - Appointed Deacon

Columbus, OH - Music & Prayer

Brenda is a Yahad leader of the Yahad of Columbus.  She is by profession a music teacher of children.  Brenda and her husband Fred are excellent supporters of the Hebraic life and the yahad.


Brian & Leona Toews - Ordained Diaconal Ministers

Altona, MB Canada - Curriculum & Spirituality


Governor "Yochanon" Staten, BA - Elder & Liturgist

Chattanooga - Liturgist

Yochanan came into the Messianic walk in 2008. This occurred due to his years of speaking with Daniel Ben Regesh, and much prayer. In 2016, he took part in a Vero Essene Yahad boot camp. On January 26, during this boot camp, he was baptized. He has been serving in the position of an elder since that time, fulfilling whatever he was asked to do. On November 30, he was officially ordained to serve in the position of elder. His duties include reading of liturgy, praying, being part of committees, and ministering in the community of Chattanooga, and wherever he may go. He has seen the good, bad, and the ugly in the HR movement before answering the call to the Yahad.

Allyson Moore Gary - Ordained Elder & Liturgist

Richmond - Winner of the 2016 MVP Shovel Award


I was raised as an Associated Bible Student until turning to Hebrew Roots ways, now I'm convicted to be a part of Vero Essene Yahad. I've completed the Yahad E.A.R.T.H. training course, and am compelled to learn more! I am currently studying Koine Greek to further my understanding of scripture, and Hebrew is next. I am a hands-on, practical help to anyone who requires it, skilled in primitive survival skills and crafts. animal husbandry, building, small-scale farming, music, art, mechanical repairs, fishing, hunting, first aid, cooking, preserving food, and whatever else needs doing, because I love to learn and to do, thanks to the favor the Father has given me.


Julie Welch, MA - Appointed Deacon

Coffeeville, KS - Inspector




Chris Plourde "Crispy" - Ordained Founding Elder

Vero Beach - Home Guard, Servant & Comedian


Born in Key West, raised in Hawaii, been in Florida since 1970 so you can say I have island blood mon. No formal education, I am just a servant and missionary extraordinaire. I am on a simple mission now waiting on the next adventure. I was raised Catholic but spent my life bouncing from denomination to denomination hungry, lost, desperate for the truth. It was Jackson who spoke the words to me that set my path straight; Yahweh and Yahshua. There you go! You may not see me around but I am always there.


Mary Edwards - Founding Ordained Elder

Houston - Corresponding Secretary

In 2012 I was invited to travel to Florida from Texas and had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jackson Snyder and Lee Hayhust at a Sukkot held in Jacksonville, Florida.  There were several meetings held each day at this function, speakers of whom I hadn't met before. I came to this event knowing, in total, only one person and was told that the studies were going to be "awesome." When it was Dr. Snyder's turn to speak, I became very aware that the information he was providing was unusual, provocative, interesting.  At that point, I became intently focused. 'Here was something that had life in it,' I remember thinking.  It was through that first encounter, my way of understanding Scripture changed through critical thinking, historical content and also in context, a term I only thought I understood.  This "Yahad" as it is commonly referred to has caused me to be more objective about not only what I read but more importantly, how I read it.

Henry Roth - Ordained Elder, Bishop of Europe



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