About Shiloh Church of God in Christ


      Statement of Purpose

Shiloh purposes to be a church set aflame by the Spirit Of God (II Cor. 3:17b )

We exist to exalt God, to evangelize the lost and to edify and equip believers to fulfill God's purpose for their lives. We strive to exemplify excellence and balance in all we do:

We are passionate, artistic and reverent in our worship.
 
We are practical, relevant and creative in our communication of Biblical truth.

We are diligent in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.
 
We are intentional in our efforts to evangelize our city, nation and world.
 
We are genuine in our demonstration of God's love and compassion for the hurting.

Above all, we are a Christ-centered, Biblical ministry that seeks to be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and to the holistic needs of its members and surrounding community.    

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   Statement of Faith

We Believe:

1. The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.
 
2. That there is One God, eternally existent in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
 
3. That the only means of being cleansed from sin, is through repentance, faith in the person of Christ and His Work upon the Cross and resurrection from the dead.
 
4. That regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation, and this comes through belief in Christ alone and gives the believer new life (eternal life) in Christ.
 
5. That the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides physical healing for the human body in answer to the prayer of faith and according to the will of God.
 
6. That the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues is operative today in the life of the believer and is available to every believer who seeks this experience.
 
7. That the miraculous gifts of the Spirit are still operative today and available to the present day Church of Jesus Christ for healing, deliverance, and the service of the Gospel of Gospel.
 
8. In the Blessed Hope and Glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
9. Christ will appear personally, and visibly and the Church, the Bride of Christ, will be caught up to meet Him in the air.
 
10. In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and continuous operation, the believer is empowered to live free from the dominion and power of sin, and enabled to be victorious in the Christian life.

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      Church History

1964 – Present
Founders: Elder Mance & Sister Ethel Buchanon
 
On Thursday, April 23, 1964, a meeting was held by the saints of God in the home of Elder & Sister Mance Buchanon for the purpose of establishing a new church. Listed among the saints were the Buchanon Family, the Smith Family, the Amos Family, Deacon Sam Wilson, Mother Idella Wilson, the Brown children, the Lewis Family, and many others.

On April 26, 1964, the first service of Shiloh Church of God in Christ was held in the home of Elder Buchanon. During that time, the first Trustee Board was also established. The first official business meeting was held on May 28, 1964, and the official paperwork was notarized in Sacramento on May 29th. This made Shiloh Church of God in Christ an official Incorporated Association.

With God’s Blessing, the dedication and groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 10, 1964. The foundation was laid, and “day by day, the walls went up.” Upon laying the final brick, Elder Buchanon prayed the prayer “ . . . That this Church Be a Soul-Saving Station . . .”

Sunday, May 16, 1965 . . . seven months later, the first service was held in the new building. The building was officially dedicated on Sunday, April 25, 1966 by Elder Harvey Jessie of San Diego, California.

Elder Mance Buchanon was called home by the Lord on December 5, 1992.
Elder Edward T. Taylor, Sr. was installed as Pastor on April 8, 1993 and was called home by the Lord on September 22, 1993.

Under the guidance of the Lord, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California, Church of God in Christ, installed Elder Herbert G. Hurd as Pastor of Shiloh Church of God in Christ in 1993.

Under Elder Herbert G. Hurd, Shiloh Church of God in Christ recovered and recouped trials and continued to be a church “On the move for God.”
Elder Herbert G. Hurd was called home to be with the Lord in January of 1998.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, sent Elder Michael N. Henderson, of Los Angeles, California, to serve as Interim Pastor for the Shiloh Church congregation. Elder Henderson served as Interim Pastor from February 1998 to April 1998. He was officially appointed as Senior Pastor on April 23, 1998. Pastor Henderson and his lovely wife, Sister Angela Henderson, have labored faithfully and diligently since that time.

Shiloh Church has continued to grow both spiritually and numerically under the visionary leadership of Elder / Dr. Michael N. Henderson. Several new ministries have been added while under his pastoral care such as Greeters, Sound & Media, Altar Workers, Follow-up, Missions & Outreach Ministries, Small Groups Ministry, School of Ministry & Leadership, Academic Tutorial, and a Community Development Corporation.

From 1999 to 2002, Shiloh Church held its Sunday Morning Worship Services at the Martin Luther King Middle School Auditorium. This was largely due to the rapid growth the congregation had experienced. The M.L.K Auditorium allowed Shiloh the opportunity to continue its growth, as well as provided additional classroom space for the expansion of Sunday School and Nursery/ Children’s Ministries. Sunday Morning Service was held at M.L.K. Middle School, while utilizing the 1517 Dubuque Street facility for Sunday Night and Mid-Week Service.

Near the closing of 2002, the Lord began to burden Elder Henderson’s heart for the community surrounding the original sanctuary. And so, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, services were relocated back to the original location, implementing an additional morning service to accommodate its rapidly growing congregation. Shiloh has become a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, biblically based ministry, reaching the community and world with the love of Jesus Christ. It is international in its efforts to evangelize the lost, extending its evangelistic efforts into Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

Shiloh Church has also begun the process of looking for a new church home that will adequately serve as a base of operations for the ministry. Dr. Henderson plans to develop a host of ministries designed to impact its community, city, state, nation, and world for Jesus Christ. Included in this vision, is the establishment of Christian Elementary and Middle Schools and a Youth Educational / Recreational Center.

As God continues to mold his people and refine them, so the church members continue to work to build God’s kingdom. During the past forty years, many have been Saved, Delivered, Healed, Baptized in water, and Baptized in the Holy Spirit, never to return to their former state. We look forward to the next forty years, believing God for all He has promised.


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