On September 24, 1904,
twelve members of African-American descent received a charter letter to
establish their own church and organize a Baptist mission. After meeting in several homes, the group
found themselves in need of a place to worship and moved from the Second
Methodist Episcopal Church of Easton to Thomson Hall. In 1905, after a meeting
of two delegations, the Baptist mission was recognized as an independent
Baptist Church. The seventy-two members unanimously
voted and accepted the name “Shiloh” which completed the establishment of
Shiloh Baptist Church.
THE FORMATIVE YEARS
Over the years, a succession
of sixteen pastors led this assembly and provided the church with spiritual
direction and unwavering stability. The
church progressed as the cornerstone was laid in 1924; the first mortgage was
burned in 1937; the baptismal pool was installed in 1940, an organ was
purchased and the building was renovated.
In 1973, the Redevelopment Authority of Easton completely demolished the
church building and the congregation found themselves without a pastor or a
In 1974, Pastor Fred Davis
accepted the call to shepherd the church.
Pastor Fred and Mrs. Davis knew the dream of the congregation was to
rebuild Shiloh and the dream was realized in the summer of 1976. By 1986, the membership increased so
dramatically that the edifice required remodeling. Under their 31 years of leadership: the congregation grew from 19 to more than
800 members; the Shiloh Manor, a 58 unit facility that houses senior citizens
was built; the Shiloh Estates was completed; a foreign missions to Africa
started; and the building of our present edifice was completed. Pastor Davis passed away, suddenly and
unexpectedly, on May 10, 2005. After lovingly being eulogized by his son,
Phillip and his devoted wife, Pastor Juanita, the Greater Shiloh Church, along
with the community from near and far, held a grand home going service to their
most distinguished pastor of so many years.
In 2005, Pastor Phillip A. Davis was installed as our Senior Pastor
and he has led the congregation from 1200 to over 2000 members. Under his
God-inspired vision, the Greater Shiloh Church has become focused on outreach
especially in response to devastating crises like the Katrina and Sandy
hurricanes; evangelism to the Lehigh Valley, training and development of
ministers, financial classes for the membership, in-depth Bible studies, the
establishment of a transitional home for men called the Nehemiah House and the
planting of our North Campus location.
Through a long unbroken walk
by faith and unbroken prayer, the Greater Shiloh
Church, has reached a new day in its life of over a hundred and nine
over 50 active ministries, it is dedicated to meeting the needs of all God’s
people to advance the Kingdom of God. Pastor Phil’s belief that you build up God’s kingdom, one person
at a time, while building a people of purpose, power and prayer, inspires us as
we strive to obediently serve God’s purpose.
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