Historically Black Church Marks 150th Anniversary

Shiloh Baptist Church in McLean, Va., kicks off events celebrating 150 years.

Interfaith congregations from throughout the region join together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the historically black Shiloh Baptist Church at 8310 Turning Leaf Lane in McLean. The religious center has supported area people through times of segregation, before women’s right to vote, political unrest and progress as Northern Virginia has grown.

“God has done so many great things throughout the life of this ministry; however, there’s so much more to be accomplished, said the Rev. Dr. Robert F. Cheeks Jr., pastor, who celebrates 15 years of leading this congregation. “At a time when many churches have closed, Shiloh still stands on solid ground.” 

Shiloh Baptist Church was founded and organized in 1872 by Cyrus Franklin Carter, who also organized other historic churches like First Baptist Church of Vienna and First Baptist Church Chesterbrook, Virginia. 

Events kicked off with food and fellowship at a picnic on Saturday, July 16, at the church. Congregants from Lewinsville Presbyterian and First Baptist Church Chesterbrook attended the event. 

The celebration continues on Aug. 20 with “Spotlight on Shiloh” from 3- 5 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. 

Michelle Spady, Anniversary team lead and Shiloh member, says, “We are proud members of a church that has sustained and thrived worship and service in the community for 150 years.”  

Commemorating this historic milestone culminates in September with a brunch cruise on Sept. 17, and a special service on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the church when the restored church bell will be ceremoniously rung. The public is invited.