A new and growing church in the
Rapid City, SD ARea
We love God’s Word and believe that it is absolutely true and relevant for us to read, hear, and study. God uses His word to challenge and comfort us. We believe all growth flows from living in God’s Word.
We unashamedly proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World. We are sinners in desperate need of God’s grace in Christ. Through faith in Jesus, we are forgiven, united to him, and receive the promise of heaven.
We believe that it is important to tie into and learn from God’s people throughout history. We value the ancient practices of the Church, and seek to incorporate them in our worship and life in an engaging way.
We believe that we aren’t to keep the good news of Jesus to ourselves. Jesus calls us to go into the world, proclaiming the Gospel. Our desire is to equip Christ-followers to be effective and faithful servants in their daily lives.
We desire to live out the faith in faithfulness to the Holy Scriptures as it has been received and carried on by the historic Christian Church throughout the centuries. We also desire to communicate the Christian faith in ways that engage people today. Our beliefs are summed up in…
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
THE NICENE CREED
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
LUTHER’S SMALL CATECHISM
Written to be used as a resource for parents to teach their children the Christian faith, the Small Catechism continues to serve as a faithful and helpful guide in summarizing the Christian faith for us today.
THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION
The Augsburg Confession is the classic summary of what Lutherans believe about God, humanity, sin, faith, the church, and the sacraments.
Pastor Andy Coyle serves as pastor of Shiloh Free Lutheran Church. Before coming to Shiloh in 2015, he previously served as a full-time missionary in Ukraine from 2011-2015, and in pastoral ministry from 2008-2011. He holds an M.Div. from the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN, and a B.S. in Intercultural Studies from Northwestern University, St. Paul, MN. Pastor Andy and his wife, Monica, are so grateful for their six children, and they love doing life and ministry together.
Shiloh Church belongs to a larger group called the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (aflc.org). The AFLC family consists of about 270 congregations within the United States, as well as congregations in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India and Uganda. Our fellowship is rooted in the 16th century Reformation, and shaped by revivals that swept across Scandinavia, and into America.
Our structure is simple. Each congregation is autonomous, joyfully submitting to God’s Word and Spirit, yet joined together to multiply our efforts. We link arms and work together to operate a Bible College and Seminary, send and support missionaries around the world, equip our youth at regional and national conferences, and plant churches together, like Shiloh.