“Jesus said to Simon, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church was founded in April 1976 by our auspicious founder Reverend James Magee, Jr. The church had a very humble beginning and worship services were held at the Victory Masonic Victory Lodge (Lodge #22) located at 4331 Bowen Street, Moss Point, MS.
The church experienced exponential growth under the leadership of Pastor Magee until we sought out a building which we could call our own. The land that was found and subsequently purchased was located at 5013 Frederick Street in Moss Point, MS. The transaction for the purchase of the land was recorded on June 30, 1977. In this same year construction of the new edifice commenced. The pastor and members worked untiringly, after working their regular full-time jobs, to complete the edifice. With the help of the Lord and the people having a mind to work, the edifice was erected and services convened. During this construction period, the church had a total membership of 272 members.
Throughout the years Shiloh have continuously made numerous acquisitions and improvements. Negotiations for the current campus located at 5425 Grierson Street, Moss Point, MS (formerly East Moss Point Baptist Church) began in late 1999. The successful purchase of the new property gave Shiloh a new worship facility with a Celebratory worship service being held on Sunday, November 4, 2001. During the early morning service on November 4, the pastor and members, escorted by the Moss Point Police department, marched from the former location on Frederick Street to its new location on Grierson Street. Shiloh was blessed by God to satisfy the mortgage on our Grierson Street campus on April 27, 2009.
In 2005, the church sustained significant damage due to Hurricane Katrina which required major repairs to both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. However, we were able to make needed repairs and improvements by adding a Resource Center and Computer lab in the existing church library. In 2012, Shiloh established its own website which is still existing today as www.shilohmosspoint.org.
On July 9, 2014, Shiloh suffered a great loss with the demise of our founder and pastor, Rev. James Magee, Jr. Shiloh’s beloved pastor departed this life after over 40 years of service to Christ and the ministry. The Shiloh Church will forever cherish and Rev. Magee’s legacy and memories.
On April 2, 2016, Shiloh elected the late Rev. Charles Evans, Sr. as its new pastor. To his election, Rev. Evans committed to give his pastoral duties his best as he followed the leading of the Lord. The church went through the calling and installation of our first elected Pastor since our founder Pastor was the only pastor of Shiloh for thirty-nine (39) years.
Under the leadership of Rev. Evans, the church made great and successful strides in the commercial arenas, having increased the barns of the Lord. To God We Give Thanks! Rev. Evans strived for oneness in the body of Christ – “One Mind, One Vision”. He promoted religious education at every level so that the body of Christ at Shiloh may prove what that good and perfect will of God. Contributing to his leadership, two modes of transportation were added for the safety and transporting of our members. Notably, thirty-three (33) new members were added to the church. On October 16, 2018, Rev. Evans tendered his resignation to the Board of Deacons, but continued to serve throughout the search for a new pastor.
On September 17, 2019, Reverend Francisco Brock, Sr. accepted the call to become the third pastor of Shiloh. Rev. Brock came with enthusiasm and determination to see the church move forward for generations to come. However, during Rev. Brock’s first year, the world was faced with the novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. This thrust the church to create an online presence through various social media platforms to keep the church in-tact. Services were held outside for several months following the protocols of the city and the Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Under Rev. Brock’s leadership, several new and innovative constructs were put into place: Weekday telephone prayer line ministry, virtual online platforms including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and WGUD television broadcasts. In August 2022, Pastor Brock stepped down from pastoral duties.
We thank God for his continued blessings which are too numerous to name. We have come a long way and will continue to thrive and be that “city that is set on a hill that cannot be hid” as we move through this transition period in search of a new leader to carry out the work of the Lord. Through it all, Shiloh has learned to trust in Jesus and we have learned to trust in God, therefore, we will continue to build on the legacies of the former pastors until God sends us a new leader.