Our Church Leadership
Pastors Bruce and Kathleen Dowell
Pastors Bruce and Kathleen Dowell have been pastoring for more than 30 years. Several years ago while visiting a pastoral conference, both Bruce and Kathleen had a personal “awakening” as to who Jesus really was and still is today. He is Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah.
They have spent the last several years studying the Hebrew language and Jewish customs and how they relate to current Christianity. Their teachings reflect the richness of their findings.
Their message to the church of today is one of, “returning to the ancient paths,” (Jeremiah 6:16) “Being grafted into Israel,” (Romans 11) and the coming together of Jew and Gentile believers as the “One New Man). (Ephesians 2:11-22)
Pastors Bruce and Kathleen have planted three congregations, two of which they are currently pastoring, Shiloh Messianic Congregation / Crestline, and Shiloh Messianic Congregation / Calimesa. Future ministry plans and vision include the creation of an association of “One New Man” congregations.
Pastors Bruce and Kathleen have been married for 36 years. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Pastors Paul and Sheila Oliver
Sheila and I have been married for 37 years, we have three children, Jesse, Joleen and Jonah. Joleen and Jonah are both married and live in Flagstaff Arizona with their families. They have blessed us with three grandchildren to date, Noah, Sadie and Ezra Grace. Jesse our oldest son is single and focused on his business.
Sheila and I have been involved in ministry together for the past 30 years. We began our ministry experience together within the Foursquare denomination where we were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity of being associate pastors for several years at Mission Community Foursquare in Riverside. In 1983 we were invited to go and encourage the indigenous Foursquare pastors and congregations in Jamaica, the communist had just been defeated in the local elections and the country was going through some spiritual and physical turmoil. In 1988 we pioneered a new independent work and a school in Gavilan Hills, a rural area in Riverside County California.
In reading the scriptures one evening, Leviticus 23:1,2 took on greater significance to me than I expected. It reads, ‘The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'The Lord's appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:” I had read this a few times before but when I read it that night, the words, ‘My appointed times’ really got my attention. So much so that in 1992 we co-founded a Messianic Jewish Congregation, Beth Simcha in Riverside, California that we co-pastored until January 2010.
Educationally I have been blessed to have been able to get some and to, as we walk this walk of faith, to experientially get more and more. Our focus and goal for ministry and service has been and continues to be one of personal and corporate growth. Adonai is so much more than we can ever hope to completely understand or know now, but He nonetheless encourages us to continually purpose to draw near to Him, and that is our passion and personal desire both for ourselves and God’s people. John 8:31, 32. Yeshua was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” All of God’s people need to be free, free from everything that is not God’s truth or His perfect purpose.
Both Sheila and I are servants, some of our greatest joys are found when we are able to encourage someone else or when we are able to provide a platform from which others can grow in their spiritual walk. Sheila is a worshiper, whom the Lord has used in many multiple aspects of worship: from writing songs, to producing worship tapes, to conducting children’s plays and choreographing messianic dances. She plays multiple instruments and has an ear for hearing the voice of the Lord while leading congregational worship. Although that is an area of ministry strength, she currently feels drawn to minister in other areas of Pastoral care, as well. With the Lord’s gift of mercy, and her cheerful heart, she delights in helping people through the problems of life with the word of God, prayer, and a sincere heart of compassion.
Pastor Vincent and Margaret Armijo
Vincent Armijo has been a mountain resident for 22 years and joined Shiloh Messianic Congregation in the summer of 1993. Shortly after joining, he took it upon himself to greet those who came to any Shiloh service.
Because Vincent has always had a heart for children, he was also part of the teaching staff, where he taught the elementary school-age children for 12 years.
Displaying qualities of discipline, hospitality, wisdom, trustworthiness, and his ability as an overseer, he proved to the pastors at Shiloh that he was qualified to hold the office of an elder. Although Vincent is one of the elders, he continues to assist his wife, Margaret, with Shammashim (deacon) duties. Before attending Shiloh, Vincent did missionary work in Tijuana, Mexico, for two years, and was part of the teaching staff at another local congregation.
Away from Shiloh, Vincent works full-time in Riverside, California. Both he and his wife, Margaret, were born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1973. They reside in Lake Arrowhead, California; have five adult children and 16 grandchildren.
Ruben and Susan Contreras
Ruben and Susan Contreras made the mountains their home more than 10 years ago, where they have raised many of their eight children. Shortly after arriving in the mountains, they searched for a local church and found that Shiloh was exactly what they had been searching for, a church devoted to teaching and stretching the congregation in the biblical principles of Adonai! Their love for the LORD and His people led both Ruben and Susan to serve in the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and as elders. Last year, Ruben was appointed as an elder. He also heads up the men’s ministry and he helps the ministry. Susan is currently serving as the secretary/treasurer of the finance board, elder and leads the Worship Dance Troupe.
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 multitude of capacities 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 were watching a Christian evangelist on television who had a “Hebrew Roots” guest speaker on his show. He was speaking about observing the feast and festivals that follow the Biblical calendar listed in Leviticus. Intrigued by what he was discussing, along with having previously studied other Hebrew subjects online, Khalid and Lisa decided to visit Shiloh Messianic Congregation, and Shiloh has been their church home ever since. (Jer. 6: 16 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls." They said, “Yes, we will walk in it!” Today Khalid and Lisa serve as elders at Shiloh.