About Us

Shalom,

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share with you about the ministry of Shiloh Messianic Congregation. Shiloh is a Hebrew word meaning – “to whom it belongs.” It is clear reference to Yeshua – the Jewish Messiah. (Gen. 49:10)

At Shiloh, we desire to help bring down the wall that has divided Jewish and Gentile believers, and to promote the joining of Jew and Gentile together as one new man! (Eph. 2:11 – 16) We desire to educate God’s people (both Jew and Gentile) concerning the whole of scripture – both the Tanakh (the Torah, the prophets, and the writings – the old testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (the New Testament writings that tell us that Yeshua, Jesus, is the promised  Messiah). (Hos. 4:6) (Col. 2:9)

Shiloh is a place where the Spirit and the Word meet (John 4:23 – 24). In our meetings as well as our daily lives, we want the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) to move in life-changing power, but in a manner consistent with sound Hebraic (Jewish) understanding of God’s Word!

The Shiloh Mispachah, (Family), would like to invite you to join us as we worship the God of Avraham (Abraham), Yitz’chak (Isaac), and Ya’akov (Jacob), in the manner of the first century Messianic Congregation called the “Way.” (Acts 24:14) The LORD is leading many believers, both Jew and Gentile, into the exploration of the Jewish roots of Christianity. At Shiloh, you’ll not only learn the importance of your roots, but you’ll experience a new depth to your faith as you enter the spiritual rest of Shabbat (Sabbath), the joy of the feast and festivals (Lev. 23), and the richness of “returning to the ancient paths.” (Jer. 6:16-19)

It is our conviction that we will not see the return of the LORD until Jew and Gentile (the One New Man (Eph 2:13 – 16), together say “Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonai.” (Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD). (Matt. 23:39)

B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiach

In the name of Yeshua, the Messiah,

Pastors Bruce and Kathleen Dowell

This ministry started in May of 1986 when pastors Bruce and Kathleen Dowell “planted” the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Crestline. The church grew out of a home fellowship that was dedicated and committed to establishing a “charismatic” church here in the mountains of San Bernardino, California.

With the fulfillment of the original vision, the ministry refocused it’s vision towards equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, reaching our community with the Gospel, and learning about the Hebrew roots of our faith so that we can be used by the Lord as a bridge between Jew and Gentile. Our goal as a Messianic “One New Man” Congregation, is to bring together both Jews and Gentiles under the Lordship of Yeshua HaMashiach – (Jesus The Messiah) and to walk in the ways of the ancient paths!  Additionally, we are laying the foundation for an association of “One New Man” Congregations internationally!  (To learn more about this vision, contact us).

Ephesians 2:11-22

“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in his flesh the enmity, which is the Law of Commandments contained in ordinances that in himself He might make the two into “One New Man,” thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by having put to death the enmity.”

Messianic Judaism is a biblically-based, God-inspired, movement of people who, as committed Jews and Gentiles, believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Jewish Messiah of Israel, and hold to the teachings of Torah, of whom the Torah and prophets spoke.

In the first century of the Common Era (A.D.), tens of thousands of Jewish people followed Yeshua (Jesus), (Acts 21:20), believing Him to be the promised Messiah of Israel. They didn’t renounce their heritage, their customs, or their people. They remained Jewish in every way.

As Gentiles came to faith in Messiah Yeshua, they grafted into the Messianic Jewish faith, the customs, and the people of Israel.  (Ruth 1:16,17) (Rom. 11)

Two thousand years later, thousands of Jewish people still follow Yeshua, also believing that He is the Messiah. They, too, have not renounced their heritage, customs or their people. Today, Biblical Messianic Judaism is the modern movement that is bringing it all together – Jews and Gentiles worshipping Yeshua together in the Spirit of the Truth!

The foundation of Biblical Messianic Judaism, therefore, is each individual’s personal relationship with the God of Avraham (Abraham), Yitz’shak (Isaac) and Ya’akov (Jacob) through Messiah Yeshua.  Every Messianic Jew and Gentile alike, recognizes his or her own sinfulness and has accepted that Yeshua Himself paid the price, through his blood, for our sin.  The adherence to Torah therefore, has nothing to do with sin, but rather, obedience to the will of God.

We at Shiloh Messianic Congregation have, as a cornerstone of vision, a passion for Yeshua (Jesus), and compassion for people. Our God-given mandate can be stated in three basic commitments.

First, and foremost, we bring praise, thanksgiving and glory to His Name. (Rev. 4:11)

Second, we are advancing His kingdom both in quality and quantity, by seeking and saving the lost. (Matt. 28:19-20)

Third, we are training, disciplining and bringing believers to maturity fruitfulness in the lives of believers by restoring them back to Torah! (Col 1: 9 – 10)

1.  We were created for Adonai’s pleasure. (Rev. 4:11) Therefore, the bringing of praise, thanksgiving and glory becomes the foundation of everything we do. Individual and corporate prayer and devotion on a regular basis is the only way to maintain true intimacy, fellowship and connectedness with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Because we believe that lives are changed in the presence of God, we always seek to allow for the Spirit and power of God to be seen, felt and experienced in our midst.

2.  In advancing His kingdom, we look for every opportunity to bring salvation to the lost through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Messiah). We believe we are called to be a bridge to both Jew and Gentile, by bringing them together as One New Man, following the instructions of God, the Torah – not the teachings and traditions of man. (Matt. 15:9)

3.  Quality of life can only come as we are trained, discipled and brought into maturity with Yeshua. (John 15:4-5) We are training, equipping, and encouraging all believers to serve Messiah through the restoration of Torah.

At Shiloh Messianic Congregation we see ourselves as a holy people; set apart and committed to the Lord through a deep and meaningful relationship.  We are a people wholly committed to seeking and saving the lost and helping others to grow, mature, and live a lifestyle of obedience and holiness to the Lord.

Written by Messianic Pastor Allan Moorhead
Reprinted with permission

It’s all about Yeshua
Messianic Judaism believes that Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is the Divine resurrected Saviour for all mankind. Messianics believe that the word of God includes both the TaNaK (older covenant books) and the B’rit Chadashah (new covenant books).  In other words, this means the whole Bible. TeNacK is an acronym for Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. Torah is the first five books of the older covenant which is usually translated as ‘Law’ but really means ‘teaching’. Neviim means the prophets and Ketuvim consists of all other writings in the Bible such as Psalms and Proverbs.  Other Judaica writings such as the Mishnah (Oral Torah) and the Talmud (Rabbinical Commentaries) may be used for historical information but are not considered inspired by God.

Are all Messianic congregations the same?
There are some differences between Messianic congregations. Some operate in the Gifts of the Spirit and others don’t. Some are more strict in following the Torah commandments. However, most, if not all, understand the Spirit of the Torah and apply it properly to their lives according to the Grace and Mercy of God through the atoning power of Yeshua.  Some congregations honor Jewish traditions such as the wearing of Kippahs (little caps on the head), wearing of prayer shawls, blowing of shofars, and others as long as they glorify God and Yeshua and His Word.

Last Days Movement
Messianic Judaism is believed to be a Last Day’s movement ordained of God in bringing the Jewish people to faith in their Messiah.  Jews and non-Jews come together in these congregations to worship Yeshua. The land of Israel, Jerusalem, and the Jewish people are of primary importance to Messianic congregations. Most Messianic followers focus on teaching the Christian Church its Hebraic foundations, so that a better understanding of the Word of God is reached.

What do Messianic Congregations teach and how do they worship?
Most Messianic Congregations will teach from the complete Bible. All Messianic congregations will teach, demonstrate, or conduct services about the seven Biblical feasts mentioned in Leviticus 23. Messianics recognize that the feasts are shadows or symbolic of major events concerning Yeshua. For instance, Yeshua died on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, rose from the dead on Feast of Firstfruits, and the Ruach Ha Chodesh (Holy Spirit) was given on Shavu’ot (Pentecost).

Messianic services occur on the Sabbath in honor of God’s commandment “Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy”. The Sabbath runs from Friday night to Saturday night. Most Messianic congregations don’t have a problem with churches worshipping on Sunday since it is based on the day of the resurrection of the Messiah. However, they recognize that Sunday is not the Biblical Sabbath.
During worship you most likely see these items take place:  lighting of the Sabbath candles, lighting of Menorahs (7 branch candlestick or 9 branch candlestick during Chanukah), blowing of the shofar, Davidic dance, waving of flags and banners, lively music, some Hebraic liturgy, prayer, and strong teachings from the Word of God. Some congregations are very charismatic and move in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Of course, every Messianic congregation is different.

How did the Modern Messianic movement begin?

The movement began to rapidly grow in 1967 during Israel’s Six Day War. Many Israelites saw visions of Yeshua. Currently, in 2009, there are over 150 Messianic congregations in Israel. All over the world Messianic congregations are springing up. God is beginning to reveal the Messiah to the Jewish people. The LORD is using saved born-again Gentiles to reach His Covenant people as well as giving them signs to bring them to faith. It is a huge work of God in these last days.

Are Messianics going back under the Law?
This is an important question that requires many scriptural points to be able to give a good answer. It certainly cannot be answered properly in this context. Here is a quick synopsis. Messianics are Born Again Believers who believe in the Grace and Mercy of God through Yeshua. They also believe that the Torah (translated as ‘law’ in most Bibles, but a better translation would be ‘teaching’) has not been done away with based on Matthew 5.  However, Messianics understand that Yeshua brought a new fulfillment, understanding, and application to Torah. If Yeshua says the Torah has not been done away with, then every believer needs to take a fresh look at it.

Do I have to be Jewish to Attend?
The quick answer is no. The mixture of Jews and non-Jews can be different in each congregation. Non-Jews who attend Messianic congregations actually dominate the attendance in most parts of the world. This is simply because these individuals want to understand the Hebraic concepts of their faith, move into a deeper understanding of God and His Word, and support Israel along with Jerusalem. It is also because there are a lot more Gentiles than Jews in the world. Understandably, Messianic congregations in Israel, generally have a larger Jewish percentage of members. It must be understood that individuals who attend these congregations do not become a Jewish if you are a non-Jew. Nor does a Jew become a non-Jew just because he or she believes in Yeshua.

Many Jews are beginning to see that Yeshua is the Messiah and they don’t stop being Jewish because of it.

What is Messianic Judaism?
Are you ready to feel the heartbeat of God?
These are two important questions that can only be answered by attending a Messianic congregation and experiencing the presence of the Living God.  It’s time to understand the prophetic movement that God has ordained in order to bring Jews and Non-Jews to the Messiah all over the world!

Our Pastors

Bruce & Kathleen Dowell

SENIOR PASTORS

Our goal is to encourage, teach, and train, in the Jewishness of the Christian faith. The Lord is doing an exciting thing in this day as He leads His people in the ways of the “ancient paths”. (Jer. 6:16) We would like to help you to better understand these “ancient paths” and our Hebrew roots. We will endeavor to keep these pages current and invite you to visit often. Please feel free to contact us! Shalom!

Paul & Sheila Oliver

PASTORS

Pastors Paul and Sheila Oliver started their Christian ministries within the Foursquare denomination in the late 70’s. They became involved in the Messianic movement in1989 which led them to pioneer a local Southern California Messianic Congregation in 1992. Pastor Paul pastored and co-pastored Beth Simcha Messianic Congregation until 2010. Pastor Sheila was wholly involved in every aspect of the development and growth of Beth Simcha, from baking the weekly Shabbat challah to being part of the congregational worship and dance teams. Joining Shiloh in 2010 they now serve as staff Pastors providing support for leadership and direction for the various programs assigned to them. Paul and Sheila have been married for forty-four years, have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Vincent & Peggy Armijo

PASTORS

When visiting Shiloh you’re likely to be greeted by Pastor Vince. Pastor Vince always seeks to welcome everyone coming through the doors at Shiloh Messianic Congregation. As an associate pastor, Vincent is involved with pastoral counseling, teaching the Torah and serves as the director of Shiloh’s children’s school. He is married to Elder Peggy Armijo. Peggy graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and oversees Public Relations at Shiloh. Prior to Shiloh, they attended a church in Lake Arrowhead, CA where they were involved in missionary work, men’s and women’s groups, home Bible groups, and children’s school. They have been observant believers of YHVH and Yeshua HaMashiach for over 30 years, and members of Shiloh for over 20 years. Pastor Vince and Peggy were both born and raised in East Los Angeles, California, and attended the local schools. They were married shortly after graduating from high school. When they are not working at their full time jobs, they devote most of their spare time to assist and promote in Shiloh Messianic Congregation’s work for YHVH. Married for over 40 years, they have five children, 16 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. They reside in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Our Elders

Doug & Carol Foster

ELDERS

Both Doug and Carol’s lives have always been centered around church, family, and ministry. Doug and Carol met at non-denominational church where they were both involved in multiple areas of ministry and actually met while both were in leadership of both a large singles ministry and the greeters’ ministry. After their marriage, they co-led led Divorce Recovery Workshops and small group Bible studies. Combined they have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and at the time of this writing 1 great-granddaughter. Previously, Douglas had been involved in Christian counseling, deliverance ministries and teaching others how to pray for deliverance and healing. Carol attended three years of Bible College and it was at this point that she began writing inductive Bible Studies. It was as Carol was developing a course on “Covenant” that they both realized that there was a piece missing from their experience and their understanding. It was at this time that they began to delve into the depths of the Tanakh and specifically the Torah, which led them to the Shiloh Messianic Congregation. Both Douglas and Carol serve as elders to the congregation as well as other areas of leadership. Douglas serves as Elder over the congregations Audio-Visual Ministry. Carol continues to write inductive Bible studies and both Douglas and Carol are deans over the Yeshiva Shiloh School of Theology.

ELDERS

Khalid & Lisa Sayegh

Khalid and Lisa met in early 1998 while serving in a large non-denominational church in San Bernardino, California and married in 2002. They served in a variety of areas including children’s ministry, juvenile hall ministry, singles’ ministry, and discipleship ministry, but their emphasis was in outreaching to the people of the Inland Empire. They both graduated from Bible College at their church, and Khalid was appointed the Operation Outreach coordinator. Khalid became an ordained minister in 2007 and taught Bible college classes. In the fall of 2009, Khalid and Lisa joined Shiloh Messianic Congregation with a passion to worship Yeshua in Spirit and in Truth; following Torah. Currently Khalid is an Elder overseeing Ovedim (ushers), Small Groups, and Youth ministries as well as the facility manager of Shiloh’s Calimesa campus. He is also blessed to be one of the teachers of Shiloh’s weekly Torah study. Elder Lisa serves as Department Chair of Shiloh’s Sisterhood ministry and oversees the Hospitality and Altar Care ministries at the Calimesa campus. Both Khalid and Lisa love to serve the people of God and look forward to meeting you soon! Shalom!

Rob & Mary Robbins

Rob and Mary Robbins have been attending Shiloh since 2010. Rob heads up the Evangelism team and Mary and Rob head up the Special Events ministry. They are also teach in the Shiloh”s children’s ministry. Mary was brought up Catholic and in her early 20’s she received the Lord and attended Assembly of God Bible College. Before coming to Shiloh both Rob and Mary were actively involved in several Christian congregations for over 35 years. Rob was not brought up in church, but when he was 30 years old God sent a faithful brother to him and led him to the Lord. Thereafter, he attended Horizon School of Evangelism and was ordained as Pastor in 2003 in Temecula, CA. where Rob served as an assistant pastor in a local church. Rob and Mary were blessed to be given the opportunity to manage senior retirement communities in Southern California where they focused all their time and energy serving the elderly until 2008. Rob is a Realtor in Crestline and Lake Arrowhead areas and Mary is retired. They have served the Lord in many different ministries over the years, including Helps, children school, the elderly, convalescents, prison, evangelism, and deliverance. Rob and Mary have four adult children and five precious grandchildren. They are grateful the Lord has brought them into Shiloh Messianic Congregation and consider it an honor and a privilege to serve and be part of the body of Messiah here at Shiloh and were appointed Elders in 2015.

ELDERS

Ruben & Sue Contreras

ELDERS

Ruben and Susan Contreras serve as Elders at Shiloh Messianic Congregation, which has been their home congregation for the past 20 years. In 2006, when Pastors Bruce and Kathleen received revelation from the Lord, which resonated with their spirit as well, Ruben and Susan were an integral part of the exciting journey of returning to the ancient paths and helped Shiloh to make the turn from a Sunday church to a Torah keeping Messianic Congregation. Congregational life is such a joy to Ruben and Susan. While Ruben teaches Shabbat School, heads up the Men’s Ministry, Ovedim (Ushers), and Maintenance Ministry, you will find Susan at work in the Nursery, overseeing the Intercessory Ministries and helping with the planning of the monthly Women’s Ministry Functions. In addition, together they encourage the Small Group Ministries and teach Torah studies. You can certainly see their life verses at work in their lives. Ruben’s life verse is the essence of his character. It is Micha 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God”. Susan began living out her life verse when she was so busy with her little children and the Lord impressed upon her to “just do what I put in front of you”. Her verse is Mathew 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you”. With 8 adult children, they realize how imperative it is to raise up the next generation in the ways of the Lord. They continue to minister to the children of Shiloh, from nursery to high school. With their complementary spiritual gifts of serving and exhortation, they also share a passion to see God’s people set free and spurred on to be all that He created them to be. Ruben and Susan live in the beautiful mountain communities of Lake Arrowhead. With the flexibility of Susan having her own environmental consulting business and Ruben being retired, they relish spending time with their children, enjoy reading books or studying by the lake, kayaking, hiking and traveling when they can. Susan also likes to explore her creative side with party planning and decorating and enjoys gardening and creative cooking as Ruben catches up on sports and current events.