Our Pastor

Dr. R. Neal Siler is the Senior Pastor of the First Shiloh Baptist Church in Mechanicsville Virginia where he has served for thirty years. He has earned degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Trinity Lutheran Seminary; Southwestern University, and Ashland Theological Seminary. He is a practicing clinician and pastor who is a PAIIRS, Marriage and Relationship Specialist, a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) Master Practitioner, and Enneagram Practitioner. He is an adjunct professor in the Doctoral Program at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio and has also taught adjunct courses at Virginia Union University

Celebrating more than forty years of ministry, he is a sought-after seminar and conference presenter and along with his wife, have conducted family life seminars, marriage conferences and retreats across the country. He is the President and founder of New Life Ministries of Virginia, Inc; The Center for New Life School of Continuing Ministry and The Healing Place - Center for Counseling and Spiritual Formation. New Life Ministries is an organization dedicated to strengthening church and family life. The Healing Place provides a counseling center for Marriage, Family and Individual Counseling; Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation life groups.

Dr. Siler resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia with his wife and helpmate of thirty-nine years, the former Sharon Ezell, who works closely with him in ministry. They enjoy a wonderful life with their two adult children: Jonathan, his wife Andrea, grandchildren, Janae and David; Kirsten, and her husband Curtis and granddaughter Alijah.