History of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
The first light that was shed in the minds of the group of organizers has spread with such force, that it has become a beacon in the center of the hill. It beacons men and women to follow its paths from generation to generation. “And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall, not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1938 on Northwest 18th Avenue and 62nd Street under the leadership of Rev. L. Wallace and the late Moderator Rev. J. I. Ross, presiding. Four other members were present. The late Sis. Nealy Sheffield was among the members. At that location, they labored and toiled for three years and the membership grew. In 1941, the church moved to a wooden building at 1395 N. W. 69th Street. The late Dea. Albert Jones and the late Mother Mollie Jones united with the church. (Mother Mollie Jones passed away on March 23, 1996). In 1942, Rev. Wallace resigned.
Rev. A. M. Griffin was called and installed as our spiritual leader and served us well. Under his leadership, he ordained Deacons: *Willie Roberson, *Horace Ross, *Emmitt Ross, Eddie McClain, *Walter Butler, *British Tharpe, *Stafford Matchett, Artis Perkins, *Charles Foster, and *Leroy Brooks. Rev. Griffin organized the following Ministries: Deacons Board, Trustee Board, Choirs #1 and #2, Junior Choir, Pastor’s Board, and Willing Workers’ Club. Shortly after 1944, under Rev. Griffin’s leadership, Usher Ministry # 1 was organized with six (6) ushers. Thelma Williams was its President.