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POSTED: June 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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TaSheva and Pastor Eddie Campbell

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In addition to building the members spiritually, this pastor and church family have erected a new sanctuary. Established six years ago, the church is preparing for the dedication of the sanctuary.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Temple of Walthourville will have the dedication service on May 25. The church was founded by Pastor Eddie C. Campbell, who has been in the ministry for 23 years, 21 as pastor.
He has pastored churches in Virginia and Georgia, as well has conducted gospel services while in the military. A native of Thorsby, Ala., Campbell came to Liberty County in 1996 and retired from the military in 1997.
Since its humble beginning, Shiloh has grown. The church is oriented toward the family.
"We do 'word' fasts," Campbell said. "We practice speaking positive things to one another. Twice a day, couples must tell each other they love them. We teach them to pray together, study together and fellowship together. The family is very important.
"My vision for the church is four-fold. Shiloh is a witnessing church. We actively and creatively share the good news of forgiveness and the life-transforming promises of God. Our vision is to also be a loving church where people are loved, accepted and nurtured to spiritual health and maturity; to be a teaching church where every participant is equipped to be a faithful, productive follower of Jesus; and to be a giving church that gives monetary and physical resources to take the gospel to our neighborhood, cities, nations and to our world."
Members evangelize in the community.
"This past weekend, we went door-to- door to let people know that 'whosoever will' can come," the pastor said. "Shiloh is an open door church; God centered, and Holy Ghost filled."
The church's motto is, "Where God Guides, He will Provide."
The church has mission and outreach programs.
"My greatest challenge as a pastor is to be able to reach the whole congregation, regardless of their education or social standing, in a manner they will understand God's word. I believe we must be able to teach, preach, and reach people in a way they understand the word of God and live godly fruitful lives. When I see the change in people that I teach, preach, and reach, I am inspired to study harder."
Pastor Campbell said his late mother had a profound impact on his ministry. She was a missionary and Sunday school teacher and gave him a scripture and Bible when he went into the military.
"My mother encouraged me to study and learn the word of God," Campbell said. "Another great mentor is Dr. Samuel Atchison of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Miami, Fla. He just retired after 45 years in the ministry. He always encouraged me to 'just preach; God has your back.'"
Campbell said enjoys teaching and preaching. He has an associate degree from Selma University, a bachelor's of human resources administration from St. Leo College, a master's in religious education from Virginia University, and a master's and doctorate in Christian Education from Trinity Temple College of Religion. He is also an instructor at Trinity and a master barber at the Fort Stewart Barbershop
His advice to pastors and ministers is to, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Campbell also loves to sing, write songs, and play the guitar and basketball. He used to sing with the recording group, "Gospel Hurricanes."
Campbell and his wife, TaSheva, have been married 23 years and have two children, Eddie Jr. and Melodie. They live in Allenhurst. Mrs. Campbell is employed with the government at Fort Stewart.
Shiloh's family invites you to be a part of dedication celebration next Sunday at 4 p.m. The church is at 229 Thompson Road in Walthourville.
 

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