Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church History
“…Upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt 16:18
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church was founded in April 1976, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. James Magee, Jr. as initial and founding pastor. The church had a very humble beginning and worship services were initially held in the upstairs section at the Victory Masonic Lodge Building (Lodge#22) located at 4331 Bowen Street in Moss Point, Mississippi.
Eventually property located at 5013 Fredrick Street in Moss Point, Mississippi was purchased for a church site. The final transaction for the land was recorded on June 30, 1977. Church construction began that same year with the members and pastor working tirelessly, sometimes in the late-night hours after having worked full shifts on their regular jobs, to complete the facility. At that time total membership for the church was 272. Shiloh has grown tremendously in the last 45 years with the Almighty God leading, guiding, and directing us.
Through the years we have continuously made numerous acquisitions and improvements. Negotiations for the purchase of the new church campus at 5425 Grierson Street, formerly East Moss Point Baptist Church, began in late 1999. The successful purchase of the property gave Shiloh a new worship home with the Celebration held on Sunday, November 4, 2001. It was during this early morning program that members, escorted by Moss Point Police Department, marched from Shiloh’s former location on Frederick Street to its new location on Grierson Street. Shiloh was blessed to satisfy the mortgage on our Grierson Street Facility on April 27, 2009.
In 2005, the church sustained significant damages from Hurricane Katrina which required major repairs to both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall; however, Shiloh was blessed. The Church added a new Resource Center in which the computer lab and the church library are located. In 2012, Shiloh established the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church website as www.shilohmosspoint.org.
On July 9, 2014, Shiloh suffered a great loss. Rev. James Magee Jr., Shiloh’s beloved pastor, departed this life after over 40 years of service to Christ and dedicated service to the church. The Shiloh Church Family will forever cherish Reverend Magee’s memories.
On April 2, 2016, Shiloh elected Rev. Charles Evans, Sr. as Pastor of the church. To his election, Rev. Evans committed to give his pastoral duties his best as he follows God. The Church went through the calling and installation of our first called Pastor, in that our Founding Pastor was the only Pastor of the church for thirty-nine years.
Under the leadership of Pastor Evans, we made GREAT and SUCCESSFUL Strides in the commercial arenas, having increased the barns of the Lord We Give All Glory to God. Under his leadership he strived for the oneness of God in the Church body. He promoted religious education at every level so that the Body of Christ at Shiloh might prove what is that good and acceptable will of God the Father.
Under the leadership of Pastor Evans, Shiloh M.B. Church acquired two forms of transportation for the safety of the travelers of the congregation. Under Rev. Evan’s leadership, 33 members were added to the fellowship of the church, coming by Christian Experience, Baptism or Restoration of Membership. On October 16, 2018, Pastor Evans submitted his resignation to the Deacon Board, but continued to serve during the search for a new pastor.
On September 17, 2019, Rev. Francisco D. Brock, Sr. accepted the call to become Shiloh’s third pastor. Led by the Spirit of God, he came to us with enthusiasm and determination to see that the church moves forward and prepare for generations to come . Pastor Brock expressed a desire to not only serve members of the church, but to reach out to the community as well.
Pastor Brock’s first year was faced with challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Church attendance had to be in accordance with the Center for Disease Control guidelines. Services were held outside for several months.
Under Pastor Brock’s leadership, a telephone prayer-line was established to provide the opportunity to hear a brief message, request prayer and share a praise report. Under Pastor Brock’s leadership, the church established virtual means to broadcast services. Services can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook live, and WGUD television station. Online means to contribute were established as alternatives to doing so in person.
Under Pastor Brock’s leadership, the church has been able to meet needs in the community with projects such as, gasoline give-a-way, power bill payments, bicycle give-a-way, food donation , etc..
Under Pastor Brock’s leadership, 69 members were added to the fellowship: 26 by baptism, 23 by Christian experience, 5 by letter, 13 restoring membership and 2 by watch care.
We thank God for His blessings including those mentioned here and others far too numerous to mention. It remains our sincere prayer that we will strive each day to be more like Christ. And finally, as we move on in faith, we look to the Lord for His direction and pray that God grant us the vision of His revelation for each of us individually and for us collectively as a church body. Further it is our prayer that we exercise the wisdom to follow HIM...