Praise God for our Past, Present, and Future
In the year of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 1875, through Mother Lena, at the corner of Ward (now known as Houston) and Davis Streets, a prayer circle was formed. These Prayer Meetings grew and the Holy Spirit was moved to organize the Shiloh Baptist Church, May 15, 1875. At that time the first Pastor was called, ordained and installed. Since that early date, the Lord has allowed His Church to remain a vital, soul-saving force in the LaVilla Community for many, many decades. During these 100+ years, Shiloh has been blessed with twelve Pastors, all men endowed with the Holy Spirit.
In the year of 1932, after the death of Pastor C. T. Dorrah, the Church called the late Reverend A. B. Coleman, Sr. Under the leadership of this notable man of vision, Shiloh grew to be the leading Baptist Church in the city. God endowed him with the vision to build the beautiful sanctuary that we now call the Coleman Auditorium. It was completed in 1955. Reverend Coleman, retired in 1976, after serving as Pastor for 44 years. In 1978, the Church called Reverend Eugene Pryor, who served as Pastor until 1984, then he resigned. In 1986, Reverend James Matthews, Jr. was called as Pastor. He served until his resignation in October of 1992.
In April of 1993, Pastor Darrell L. Gilyard, Sr. became the shepherd of this flock. Under his leadership, we entered our newest 5,000 seat sanctuary in May of 2002. Pastor Gilyard served Shiloh until his resignation in December of 2007.
On July 30, 2008, Shiloh ended a seven month search, when the church unanimously called H.B. Charles, Jr., a young man from Los Angeles, California, as our next Pastor. God has blessed Shiloh with an under shepherd who exhibits God’s love from his heart and teaches the Word of God expositorily from the Bible. We rejoice in the work that God has yet to reveal to us, as Pastor Charles writes the next chapter in Shiloh’s history. Pastor Charles truly believes that “Our Dreams are Greater than our Memories.”
Statement of Faith
Having received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and having been baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, we most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We accept the Statement of the Church and commit ourselves to God and to our fellow members to direct our lives in accordance with the following four principles:
To Serve the Ministry of Our Church
- By discovering our gifts and talents(1 Peter 4:10-11)
- By being disciples to Serve (Ephesian 4:11-12)
- By developing a servant’s heart and participating in Ministry (Mark 10:45)
To Share the Responsibility of our Church
- By praying for its spiritual and physical growth (1 Thessalonians 1:2; 5:17)
- By inviting the unchurched to attend (Luke 14:23)
- By warmly welcoming and befriending those who visit (Romans 15:7)
To Protect the Unity of our Church
- By acting in love toward other members (Romans 15:5, 1 Peter 1:22)
- By encouraging each other in word and deed and refraining from unwholesome talk (Ephesians 4:29)
- By following the Church Leaders as they follow Christ (Hebrews 13:17)
To Support the Testimony of our Church
- By attending faithfully (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- By living a Godly Life (2 Corinthians 7:1)
- By giving regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2, Leviticus 27:30)
Having been led, as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. And on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love ; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality ; to sustain its worship, ordinance, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; To walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; To avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; To abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.