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|About||Since its humble beginnings in 1917, Shiloh Baptist Church has become a vibrant multicultural spiritual force in the Penns Grove community.|
Through the Words of God and Prayer
Walking in the Spirit
In the Pursuit of Holiness.
During World War I there were no churches in the Penns Grove area for African Americans. On April 20, 1917, a few consecrated men and women of the community saw the necessity of caring for the spiritual needs of the growing African American population and met together for a religious service. After the lapse of a few months, a store was rented on West Pitman Street between Lanning Avenue and Broad Street and the Rev. Lawrence, a Methodist Minister of Chester, Pennsylvania led the little band of worshippers in their devotions. As a very large segment of this early congregation was Baptists, Rev. Lawrence, after a short stay, relinquished the work of this ministry to Rev. Matthews of the Baptist faith who was the first called pastor. He was followed by Rev. E. L. Mosley. They formally organized as a Missionary Baptist Church. This marked the humble beginnings of Shiloh.
In 1920, they purchased one of the World War I houses from DuPont in Carneys Point. The structure was moved to 54 Willis Street. Looking to the future, in 1922 two adjourning lots were purchased, providing the ground needed for expansion. In 1926, the small group of believers felt the need of having better facilities for carrying forward the work of the church and they started erecting a cinder block building. The outer wall of this building had reached the point of being ready for the roof and floors when a hurricane blew down the north wall. Upon examination by the borough authorities, the building was condemned and the entire structure had to be demolished.
This seeming misfortune doubtless would have discouraged a less trusting people, but with a zeal characteristic of those who believed their cause was right, they salvaged as much material from the wreckage as possible and awaited a more favorable opportunity to continue their building project. On September 18, 1931, the congregation through the aid of the Building Committee under the leadership of the Rev. Charles West and James H. Wilson, ente