On September 27, 1863, the “Council of Baptist Churches”, which consisted of delegates from the First Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church and the E Street Baptist Church, convened at the First Baptist Church to consider the request of our twenty-one founders to establish Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, DC. Rev. G. W. Sampson, then pastor of the First Baptist Church, chaired the proceedings that resulted in the affirmation of our founders’ request, as well as the ordination of Shiloh’s first pastor, Reverend William J. Walker. The service closed with the singing of the hymn, “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”
It is fitting that we launch our Friends of Shiloh Series in worship with the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC. We thank and praise God for the tie He ordained 150 years ago through Reverends Sampson and Walker that yet binds us through Reverends Haggray and Smith. What a mighty God we serve! May He forever be praised for the historic legacies we are privileged to witness and experience in this Sesquicentennial Celebration!