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Pastor's Bio

Dr. R. Neal Siler

Dr. R. Neal Siler, Senior Pastor of First Shiloh Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, is a clinician, spiritual director, and founder of The Healing Place Center for Counseling and Spiritual Formation. He is an adjunct professor in the Doctoral program at Tyndale University Seminary and College in Toronto, Ontario, and the Director of the Spiritual Formation and the Art of Spiritual Direction Program of Healing Care Ministries in Ashland, Ohio.  Much of his work focuses on the psychological and systemic issues that create pain and brokenness for African Americans and marginalized people.  With a special interest in psychological wellbeing, spiritual formation, and soul care. he conducts numerous seminars and workshops in healing soul care for counselors, clergy, and pastoral care professionals. He is a contributing author for UMI's Pastor's Precepts Commentary, the author of How I Got Over: Healing for the African American Soul and several other books and small group curricula that focuses on spiritual formation, soul care and inner healing. His wife Dr. Sharon E. Siler serves alongside him in many of these contexts, and they delight in sharing life with two children, their spouses and three grandchildren.