Meet The Team
Jeff and Deb Minniear
Jeff & Deb have come to Bowie Maryland to help extend God's work in this area.
We desire to see a multi-ethnic, multi-racial church started where Christ is celebrated as our true and ultimate Peace Maker (Shiloh).
With 26 years of church planting service with Continental Baptist Mission, we desire to see God's word honored as the only rule of faith and practice. Our vision is for Shiloh to be a church family where every individual is helped and encouraged in his or her walk with God.
We want Shiloh to be a church that aggressively loves one another as followers of Christ and loves those who have not yet placed their faith in Jesus.
Ian and Holly Carton
Ian & Holly are partnering under Jeff's leadership to minister as lay people.
Ian leads our Small Group ministries.
Having graduated from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary in May 2016, Ian brings a passion for Shiloh to be living out Christ's commands in family-oriented ministry teams.
We have 2 small children, and are excited to pursue God's kingdom in Bowie as we build relationships.
Holly uses her Fine Arts degree to help with publications and uses her music training in the worship team.
Jeff & Deb are High School sweet hearts who get to serve God together.
In their first ministry Deb suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury that brought suffering and residual trouble, but God used that so they could have their four children and touch others who suffer.
Because the brain injury damaged muscle control on her left side she stopped playing violin for a number of years. Jeff’s hobby has become building violins in an attempt to build something easier for her to play.
Soon after Deb’s car accident, Jeff returned to Seminary & finished his Master of Divinity degree at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary.
During Seminary God burdened Jeff & Deb with the need to help rescue and start new churches across America.
Because Jeff & Deb’s church plant in Albany New York was multi-cultural & international, the DelMarVa Fellowship of Baptist Churches asked Jeff & Deb to come to Bowie and help start a similar work here.
Our Doctrinal Statement:
1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21).
2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Ex. 20:2, 3; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 8:6).
3. We believe in God’s direct creation of the universe, without the use of pre-existing material, and apart from macro-evolution, according to the Genesis account. (Gen. 1:1-31; Ex. 20:11; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 11:3).
4. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; Gal. 4:4).
5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection. (Isa. 53:4-11; Acts 13:38,39; Rom. 3:24,25; 4:5, 5:1,8,9; 6:23; II Cor. 5:19-21).
6. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life and ministry as High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 28:1-7; Acts 1:8-11; I Cor. 15:4-9; Heb. 4:14-16).
7. We believe that the Holy Spirit baptizes, seals and indwells every believer at the moment of salvation and that the Holy Spirit empowers every believer for holy living. We believe that the Holy Spirit today bestows motivation and service gifts upon believers and that the miraculous sign gifts ceased with the end of the Apostolic period. (Eph. 1:13; 4:11-12; 5:18; Rom. 8:9; 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:13; Heb. 2:3, 4; I Cor. 13:8-13; Eph. 2:20).
8. We believe that mankind was created in the image of God as male and female and should be respected as such. Each person’s biological sex has been sovereignly appointed by God as an irreversible aspect of his or her nature. Rejection of one’s God-ordained biological sexuality reflects a rejection of God’s plans and purposes. The first human, Adam, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God and brought the curse on all creation; so, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed. Every person is worth pursuing with the message about Jesus regardless of race, gender, social or economic status. We reject all forms of racism. (Gen. 1:26, 27; 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12,19; 3:10-13; Titus 1:15,16).
About Marriage and Human Sexuality – We believe that in the Garden of Eden, God ordained and defined the institution of Marriage as being the union of one man and one woman, and that this matrimonial union provides the only holy expression and outlet for human sexuality. All other sexual outlet is a rebellion to God and sin. Biblical marriages are the foundation for godly families and a God-blessed society. God hates divorce and so we must work to strengthen and protect marriages.(Gen 2:24; 26:8-9; Mt 19:4-6; Rom 7:2; 1Cor 7:2-9; Eph 5:22-25; Heb 13:4)
9. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:12, 13; 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8,9).
10. We believe in the “eternal security” of the believer, that it is impossible for one truly born into the family of God ever to be lost. (John 6:39, 49; 10:28, 29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1).
11. We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, imminent and pre-tribulational return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when the Church will be gathered together unto Him. (John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-58; II Thess. 2:1-13).
12. We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which foretell and assure the future regeneration and restoration of Israel as a nation. In light of this, the Church should avoid all forms of antisemitism. (Gen. 13:14-17; Jer. 16:14,15; 30:6-11; Rom. 11).
13. We believe in bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 21:1-8).
14. We believe that a local New Testament Baptist church is an organized body of believers, each of whom has been immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, having two offices, pastor (elder or overseer) and deacon, Pastor led, congregational in polity, autonomous in nature, and banded together for work, worship, the observance of the ordinances and the worldwide proclamation of the Gospel. We further believe in the “church which is Christ’s body,” the spiritual organism consisting of all born-again believers of the New Testament age. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 42; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22, 23; I Tim. 3; I Peter 5:1-3).
15. We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the church are Believers’ Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and are to be administered by the local church; that baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial and resurrection with Him; and that the Lord’s Supper should be partaken of by baptized believers in the assembled church to show forth His death until He comes. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 8:26-39; I Cor. 11:23-28; Col. 2:12).
This Statement of Faith is binding upon all members, staff, and volunteers
no activities and events permitted or performed in any facilities owned, rented, or leased by the church or engaged in by any member of the church staff (volunteer or paid) may conflict with the statement of faith.
decisions of the church administration made on behalf of the church may not conflict with the statement of faith.
no pastor, staff, member or volunteer may perform any marriage or religious rite that conflicts with the statement of faith.
no pastor, staff, member or volunteer may be made to perform any marriage or ministry that goes against their conscientiously held beliefs in areas not covered by the statement of faith.