our pastors

Senior Pastors Bruce & Kathleen Dowell

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!

Pastors Paul & Sheila Oliver

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.

Pastors Vince & Peggy Armijo

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

Elders Doug & Carol Foster

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!

Elders Ruben & Sue Contreras

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.