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December 21, 2018

1888 Warrensburg History Shiloh Missonary Baptist Church - 130 Years Old

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Happy 130th Anniversary 2018!

Shiloh Baptist Church, Organized in 1888
Warrensburg, MO
Thomas Bright, Jr Killed In Vietnam - Services Here in 1969
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Warrensburg, MO
History of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 

The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1888 by Reverend J. T. Caston. This organization was a result of members uniting from two former churches-Second Baptist Church located on West Culton Street, and Independence Baptist Church located near Main and Gay Streets. The first deacons of the church were: Benjamin Lynch, Robert Copper, Henry Washington, Jerry Myers, Lewis Williams, Sam Renick (who was the treasurer), and Smith Walker, Russell "Buck Edwards", Thomas Morgan, Hardin Linzey, and Marion Colwell. 

A meeting was held in Deacon Walker's home early in the year 1889 to decide on a place for the congregation to worship. The result of this meeting was the decision to purchase the Protestant Methodist church building, which is Shiloh's present location. On August 7, the cornerstone was laid. The Building was erected under Reverend Caston's pastorate. The parsonage at 409 North Main Street was torn down, and the house at 202 North Main was purchased and remodeled. Numerous men who held the office of deacon served these ministers faithfully and have gone home to be with our Lord. They include: Benjamin Lynch, Robert Copper, Henry Washington, Jerry Myers, Lewis Williams, Sam Renick (who was the treasurer), and Smith Walker, Russell "Buck Edwards", Thomas Morgan, Hardin Linzey, Marion Colwell, George Kelby, John Baldwin, John Williams, Henry James, Perry Aden, John Hyter, George Visor, Lloyd Thompson, Charles Brown, Sam Gaines, Noah Goodwin, Edward Frazier, Laurel Williams, A. Sipes, C. Phoenix, Clarence Harvey, and James Goodwin. Our current deacons are Charles Briscoe, Stan Dollar, Sherman Tinder, Kenneth Watson Sr., and Leroy White. 

Reverend Melvin G. Eaves holds the distinction of being Shiloh's longest-term pastor. He served in this ministry for sixteen years. The contributions he made during this time to the Shiloh family are too numerous to mention. One notable accomplishment was the burning of the mortgage for the property from the church to the corner of Culton Street during the 94th Church Anniversary service in 1982. Many came to know Christ during his pastorate and several were called to the ministry: Rev Michael Forbush, Rev James Harris, Rev James Hunt, and Rev Len Roscoe. On September 19, 1991, a loving God decided it was time to reward Pastor Eaves for his faithfulness, and called him home to rest from his labors. 

Reverend Terry Clark united with Shiloh Baptist Church in June 1991, and served as an associate minister until the congregation selected Reverend Clark to serve as interim pastor to keep the church family stable. Under his leadership, one of the members, Bruce Smith, was called to the ministry On January 13, 1992, the church family called Reverend Clark as pastor. On September 11, 1994, Reverend Arthur L. Mobley, Jr., was called to serve as pastor of Shiloh. Under his leadership, there was one deacon ordained and Deacon Floyd Sims, called to the ministry. On April 21, 1997, Reverend Edward E. Washington, Sr., accepted the call to Shiloh. One of Shiloh's members, Willie Crusoe, being led by the Spirit was called to the ministry during his pastorate.

On May 30, 1999, Reverend Terrence Moody answered the call to become the pastor of Shiloh. Five deacons have been ordained: Rodney Brannon, Maurice Ingram, Ronn Keyes, Sherman Tinder, and Leroy White. One minister was ordained: James Harris; three ministers were licensed: Yvonne Cook, Maurice Ingram and Michael Scaife; and new members added to the board of trustees. In 2003, after much prayer and consideration, the congregation voted to raze the parsonage at 202 North Main Street. A church planning committee was formed and began prayerfully pursuing options for building a new church facility. The congregation voted to move forward upon recommendation of the Shiloh Church planning committee and the proposal of the Dream Home Construction Company to build a new church facility that would help meet the needs of the Warrensburg community and surrounding communities based on God's vision for this local church. 

On March 30, 2004 through much prayer and faith we was blessed of God to secure the necessary financing through the Bank of Holden to manifest our vision. In June 2005, God blessed us with two new deacons on trial, Carlos Hill II and Thomas Wallace. We pray that God would bless them and their family as they move forward on the journey God has called them to follow. Shiloh's new edifice was completed on October 14, 2005. Shiloh held its first service in the building on October 30, 2005. The congregation marched from the church building at 210 North Main Street to the new church building at 212 North Main Street. Pastor Terrence Moody and the official ministerial staff gave an informal dedication on October 30, 2005. The pastor and the congregation began preparations for establishing a formal church dedication that will allow us to celebrate God's blessings and love with the Warrensburg and surrounding communities.
Rev. Terrence Moody

Organizations vital to keeping area's families fed, pastor says
J. “MILES” VENTIMIGLIA Editor  Aug 18, 2014 
Daily Star Journal
Warrensburg – Several Rotarians, including Richard “Buzz” Herman, assist with food distribution to area residents Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 212 N. Main St.

As residents who lined up in cars around the block pulled up to the food distribution site, Herman and others helped load bags of food into their trunks.

The Rotary is among area service groups and churches that support the church’s Manna Harvest food ministry with funding and labor.

The club, with help at the district level, provided a $3,000 grant to the effort of feeding area residents, Herman said. The grant requires hands-on participation from club members in the project, he said.

“Service is a key component,” Herman said. “Hopefully, we can light up smiles and light up lives.”

The Rotary donation will be used to buy a food warmer, three popup tents and a utility cart, Shiloh’s pastor, Terrence Moody said.

The help of Rotary and other groups keeps food flowing for those in need, Moody said while assisting with drive-up food distribution.

“It’s tremendous. Rotary, the very many different churches and organizations – it is essential the community comes in on this. This is not a church program, this is a community program,” Moody said. “We want to foster the feeling of community.”

Moody said many adults and some University of Central Missouri students help with the drive-up program and with the free dinner program through the week. He said he would like to see more UCM, high school and younger students involved.

“How do you pass it on to the next generation to give?” he asked, and gave the answer that getting youngsters involved in giving is necessary.

The program needs volunteers to serve dinner to community members from 5:30 to 6:30 every weekday, except Thursday, when the time is from 5 to 6 p.m. The drive-in program is from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday each month, when about 225 cars go through the line, Moody said.

To volunteer for either Manna Harvest program, or to provide financial support, contact Shirley Briscoe at (660) 747-5608 or at

The church has provided the food program for seven years, Moody said, and has gone from providing nightly meals a couple of times per week to five times per week only because volunteers help.

“Right now we’re at 100 percent volunteers,” he said, and there is more to do if volunteers agreed to step up.
Jack Miles

A New Chapter For An Old Church

A foundation stone on the northeast corner of the old Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at Main and Market streets reveals the year of its construction, 1889.
Sometimes you go do a story about a church being dismantled board by board and come back with something much more.
Ok, this is my first story about a church being dismantled, recycled actually. But my point is this – Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church is doing more than gracefully razing its 123-year-old clapboard church.
Shiloh is branching out, forming a new nonprofit organization to expand its food distribution and community outreach programs.
The Rev. Dr. Terrence Moody stands across the street from both Shiloh churches. Moody hopes to build a new facility after the old church comes down for a nonprofit group they are creating called Manna Harvest, a food distribution program.
“The goal of Manna Harvest is going to be to reach the community and the needs of the community and support this community in a way that we can go after poverty, that we can educate on poverty and that we can build support systems that will enable us to be better than we are today,” said the Rev. Dr. Terrence Moody. “I hope that by the work that we do, that people will see that this endeavor was never meant to be…to build a mega-church, but to build a sovereign and caring community that other communities could look at and say, ‘Hey, we’d like to do that to our community.’”
If you’ve wandered through Old Town Warrensburg (west of Main Street) on the first or third Saturday of the month, you’ve witnessed the great work of this church. Cars stretch around the corner of Main and Market streets some two, long city blocks to Second Street with families waiting in line for groceries.
Sunlight shines through the open roof of the 1889 church.
That’s Shiloh’s Harvest of Hope Food Distribution program, also known as Manna Harvest. Between 200 and 300 families queue up each Saturday to receive free food. Not only that, Shiloh’s Nehemiah Feeding Project feeds up to 75 people every Monday and Tuesday restaurant-style inside the church’s fellowship hall. Shiloh also partners with Harvesters for its BackSnack program to ensure that kids on free or reduced lunches have something to eat over the weekend.
These are certainly faith-based programs, but they are open to people of all faiths (or no faith). They do not discriminate by race or the type of car you drive. You need help? They are there to help, not to proselytize, question your situation or stare you down.
Workers step carefully on old boards as they take down the church, piece by piece.
“Most of all, I believe in hope,” Moody said. “And I believe in a country that has been prosperous all these years, and it’s prosperous because of their ability to look after one another, share with one another and when need be cry with one another and support one another during difficult times.”
Back to the old church. Shiloh has the $10,000 to dismantle the sweet old building. It does not have the funds to build a new facility – one with a walk-in cooler and freezer. That push will come shortly after its Manna Harvest program receives its nonprofit status. The idea is to put the church in the background so Manna Harvest can truly reach out with no strings attached. Volunteers can only do so much, and Moody said Manna Harvest is likely to require some permanent jobs once it’s up and running.
Eventually, Moody said he’d like to see the program expand to a 20-acre tract somewhere where all of the city’s and county’s support resources could be better leveraged under one roof.
In the meantime, the floorboards from the old sanctuary were sold to a church in Kansas City. Moody said other churches will benefit from the recycled lumber.
I remember nine years ago when Shiloh tore down the old Anderson House, the church parsonage, at 202 N. Main St. to make way for the new church at 212 N. Main St. It was the oldest house in town at the time, and a history of Shiloh that Moody provided notes that the parsonage was purchased and remodeled in 1889 – the year the original church was built.
Tearing down that old house in 2003 to build a large metal building for a new church in 2005 was a little controversial at the time. But it was necessary to move forward, and it turned out OK. Shiloh is thriving, and their outreach programs are extremely popular.
So, here they are tearing down another old building in Old Town. Well, let’s face it. There’s no denying the old building needed many thousands of dollars of work. The electrical system was unsafe and the plumbing was shot. And the bathrooms were sizeable for a home, not a public facility.
Moody said the old church was significantly altered some time ago, apparently foiling any chances of being listed in the National Register. Dismantling the building and reusing the materials elsewhere is a graceful way to close the final chapter for the old church.
But it also marks a new beginning. That new beginning requires some tough choices that are practical and rational. As cliché as it sounds, Shiloh has grand plans to help those who are hurting. And there are clearly plenty of folks around who are.
“We said (the new church) would be a facility that would minister to the community and we would make sure that it wasn’t about having church but it was about how we would impact families and how we would impact this community,” Moody said. “We’ve looked to make sure that we are sensitive to needs, not just homeless (needs), not just individuals without work, but we want to focus on helping people not get homeless, helping people not go upside down.”
For more information, visit or call 660-747-5685. Financial donations to the church food programs can be sent to 212 N. Main St., Warrensburg, MO 64093.

House Resolution No. 4279  2008 Proclamation
Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives hold in high esteem those Show-
Me State religious organizations that admirably enhance the quality of life in local communities and
neighborhoods through the excellence of the spiritual services they provide; and
Whereas, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Warrensburg, Missouri, was organized in 1888 by
the Reverend J.T. Caston from members of the former Second Baptist Church and Independence Baptist
Church; and
Whereas, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its One Hundred Twentieth
Anniversary with an appropriately festive observance on October 5, 2008; and
Whereas, the earliest members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church decided to purchase a former
Methodist church property on which to build a new church whose cornerstone was laid on August 7, 1889; and
Whereas, that church remained in use until October 30, 2005, when the current structure was used
for its first worship service and then given a formal dedication on March 26 and April 9, 2006; and
Whereas, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church has been guided throughout its one hundred twenty
years in operation by a roster of dedicated, faithful men that includes the Reverend Melvin G. Eaves, who holds
the distinction of being the church's longest-serving pastor; the Reverend Terry Clark, who united with Shiloh
Baptist Church in June 1991 and served as an Associate Minister and Interim Pastor; the Reverend Arthur L.
Mobley, Jr., who was called to serve as pastor on September 11, 1994; the Reverend Edward E. Washington,
Sr., who was called to serve on April 21, 1997; and current pastor, the Reverend Terrence Moody, who began
his service on May 30, 1999; and
Whereas, on the eve of its One Hundred Twentieth Anniversary, Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church not only looks to the past, but also to the future in which it will continue to be an "authentic Biblical
church strengthened through Jesus Christ with ministries focusing on building and operating Christ's state of the
art spiritual hospital located in Warrensburg":
Now, therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Missouri House of
Representatives, Ninety-fourth General Assembly, join unanimously to applaud the history, goals, and
accomplishments associated with Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and to convey to all of those involved this
legislative body's most heartfelt best wishes as they celebrate the One Hundred Twentieth Anniversary of the
founding of their religious institution; and
Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be
instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution in honor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
of Warrensburg, Missouri.
Offered by ______________________________________
Representative David Pearce
District No. 121
I, Rod Jetton, Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Ninety-fourth General Assembly, Second Regular Session,
do certify that the above is a true and correct copy of House
Resolution No. 4279, adopted October 2, 2008