hiloh’s mission is to worship and glorify God by bringing people into fellowship with Jesus Christ and His body, by growing them into maturity in Christ, and by sending them into the world as witnesses of Christ.
We’d love to have you join us as a place to grow and bring others.
As with many congregations, much of the work of ministry that is done by Shiloh is done by members volunteering for their roles. The congregation is blessed with special talents in skilled practical service, music, and art.
Preston Yoder grew up near Grantsville, Maryland, and first came to Ohio to study at Rosedale Bible College near Plain City in 2004. He met Elizabeth Diller in the fall of 2005 at RBC, and in September of 2009 they were happily married. They are thankful for the expansion of their family to include Kayley, Violet, and Faith. Their family enjoys hiking at parks, camping, identifying birds, and traveling to visit family in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Canada.
Preston served as Associate Pastor of New Beginnings Fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2007-2009, while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Studies at Cincinnati Christian University. He earned an M.Div degree from Ashland Theological Seminary from 2009-2012, and served as Pastor at Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship from 2012-2015. Preston committed his life to Christ as a child, and as a youth began understanding how the reality of God’s love changes everything. This realization changed him. His passion is to encourage every believer to continue growing in the “grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Arlyn Helmuth – Associate Pastor
Arlyn Helmuth was born and raised in the Plain City community and has attended Shiloh his entire life. After graduating from Shekinah Christian School in 1992, Arlyn joined his father in the family construction business and continues to enjoy remodeling and building custom homes. In 1998, Arlyn helped start a youth center (The Cove) in Plain City. Several years after it opened, Arlyn became the director and served in that role until 2006.
In 2002, Arlyn married his wife, Carmen, who also attended Shekinah and Shiloh. They have 4 children, Wyatt, Riley, Ethan and Chloe. Arlyn began serving as an elder on the leadership team at Shiloh in 2008 and was installed as part-time care pastor in 2012. Arlyn & Carmen desire to see people freed from the weight of spiritual and emotional issues they carry so they are able to have a greater intimacy with God and peace in who they are.
Aaron Miller – Youth Pastor
Aaron Miller grew up in Rosedale, Ohio, attending Shiloh since birth. He graduated from Shekinah Christian in 2008 and then attended Rosedale Bible College and Cedarville University. He gained an undergraduate degree in History in 2012. After graduating from college, Aaron spent five months travelling through South America with several friends. Upon returning he was hired by Shekinah Christian School to teach high school and serve as athletic director. In the spring of 2014 Aaron was appointed youth pastor at Shiloh. Aaron enjoys baseball, sports in general, the Kansas Jayhawks, raising golden retrievers, traveling and the outdoors. He feels it is a privilege to work with youth and is excited about this opportunity to work with the youth of Shiloh.
Our Office Team
Rose Cooley – Administrative Assistant
Rose Cooley has lived in the Plain City area since 1990. She graduated from Shekinah Christian School in 1992 and then attended a Bible School in Pennsylvania for one year. Rose and her husband, Steve, were married in 1995 and they now have four daughters ages 9, 14, 16 and 19. As a family they enjoy summer vacations, kayaking, and volleyball. Rose has attended Shiloh since 2014 and began serving as Administrative Assistant in October of 2016. She enjoys the organization and attention to detail that is necessary for this role and is excited to use her gifts and talents to serve God in the church.
Kathy Miller – Bookkeeper
Kathy Miller grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She met her husband, Ed, while they were both working in a voluntary service program at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Sarasota, Florida. They married in 1978 and moved to the Plain City, Ohio area.
Kathy is enjoying her role as wife, mother of four and grandmother of four. She enjoys working with numbers so serving as Shiloh’s bookkeeper is an added blessing. She loves to encourage people in their pursuit of being Jesus’ hands and feet here on earth. Her hobbies are reading, biking and enjoying nature.
History & Affiliation
Shiloh began in the early 1970’s as an outgrowth of the United Bethel Mennonite congregation in Plain City. United Bethel had grown to the point where a decision needed to be made to either build a larger facility or form another congregation. The latter decision was made, and land was purchased in Resaca at Shiloh’s present location. In late May, 1971, the first service was held in the new building. In the 1990’s as the church was growing, work was begun on a new sanctuary, classrooms, offices and kitchen. The work was completed and the first worship service in the new sanctuary was held in May of 1999, 28 years to the day after Shiloh’s first service.
Shiloh has sent out members on several occasions to help plant churches in new locations including Mechanicsburg, Hilliard and West Liberty. Some of those churches have also planted new churches in London, Marysville, Urbana and Plain City, so Shiloh now has “grandchildren”.
The Shiloh congregation participates in the life of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, a group of more than one hundred North American congregations with international affiliates in Latin America, Germany, India, and Africa.
The mission of Conservative Mennonite Conference is to glorify God by equipping leaders and congregations for worship, teaching, fellowship, service, and making disciples. To accomplish this, the conference provides resources with an evangelical, Anabaptist, and conservative theological orientation.
What We Believe
We believe that you (and we) are important because we are created by God with an eternal purpose. We believe that only as we experience fellowship with God can we know true peace and joy and fulfill the purposes for which God created us. And we believe that the only way we can come into fellowship with God is through the saving grace of Jesus Christ, who came to earth from heaven, was crucified for our sins, and was resurrected for our salvation.
We believe that having fellowship with Jesus means we will obey him as our lord, seeking to live our lives with our first allegience to the Kingdom of God.
To read a more complete statement, readers may consult the Statement of Theology and the Statement of Practice published by the church conference of which Shiloh is a member congregation.