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Pastor's Bio

Dr. R. Neal Siler

A native of Siler City, North Carolina, Dr. Siler holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master of Theological Studies from the Trinity Lutheran Seminary; a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern University, and A Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

In further preparing for ministerial service, Dr. Siler is a graduate of the Billy Graham Advanced School of Evangelism, is a PAIIRS, Marriage and Relationship Educator, a graduate of the Wake Forest University Church Management Institute, a graduate of the Harvard University School of Divinity Leadership Institute, and has continued theological studies at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

Celebrating more than forty years of ministry, Reverend Siler has served as Senior Pastor of the First Shiloh Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Virginia for the past thirty years. With an emphasis on Special Ministries to Youth, Children, Young Adults, Singles, Married Couples and Senior Adults, First Shiloh is a thriving Congregation of total church ministry that reaches the whole man, body, soul and spirit. In addition to the pastorate of First Shiloh, he is an adjunct professor in the Doctoral Program at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio and has also taught adjunct courses at Virginia Union University. A sought-after seminar and conference presenter, he has conducted family life seminars, 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.

He is the author of How I Got Over: Healing for the African American Soul; Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey: Caring for the African American Soul; Healing for the Soul; The Anatomy of Brokenness; Staying the Path a Soul-Care Journey, and a twelve-week, and sixteen-week spiritual formation and soul care curriculum. In addition to these publications he is a contributing writer for Pastor's Precepts, a corollary to the UMI Annual commentary, Precepts for Living.

Dr. Siler is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Virginia; The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; Past Moderator of the Chickahominy Baptist Association; Past Board Member of First Things First, Marriage Builders Alliance of Richmond; Past member of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Greater Richmond; a member of the NAACP; a Charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Board Member of BAACC, the African American Division of the American Association of Christian Counselors; member of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Association for Psychological Type International.

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.