Our History

Shiloh University is named after the biblical story of Shiloh. Founded in 2006 as an online Bible college and seminary, our mission is to provide worldwide inclusive educational opportunities. The University began instruction in January 2007 with three degree-programs. Shiloh University now offers undergraduate degree and certificate programs in biblical, pastoral, and New Testament studies; graduate degrees and certificate programs; and a doctoral degree designed to further equip the student for Christian service and leadership.

From its inception, the University focused on providing opportunities for adult learners who may not otherwise be able to pursue their educational goals. Barriers of distance, finances, and personal schedules should not constrain those whom God calls to Christian service. In other words, decisions about relocation or student debt should have no part of the educational process. This perspective leads the University to devote its resources to the development of quality and affordable online courses and degree programs. For Shiloh University, this is not a temporary marketing strategy, but its foundational mission and continuing commitment to students who can benefit from this type of opportunity. 

Shiloh University received its initial accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Commission (DEAC) in January 2012. The DEAC is an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The University also has received approval to participate in Federal Financial Aid and Veterans’ tuition assistance programs. 

Collaboration is central to the continuous improvement of the University’s curriculum, leading to a non-sectarian approach to Spirit-filled Christian ministry education. The collaborative effort includes educators, pastors, missionaries, and specialists in curriculum, accreditation, and technology from diverse backgrounds and countries. Over time, this collaborative effort has developed a culture of listening and appreciation of the varied gifts, perspectives, and callings God places within His people.

Within the University’s core biblical beliefs and practices (see Statement of Faith), two perspectives are further developed within the curriculum. The first is a trinitarian view of God that reveals the loving relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the inclusion of men and women in this relationship. The second is the recognition of, and opportunity to study, the deep and rich Jewish foundations of Christianity.  Today, Shiloh University remains committed to supporting adult learners of different races, countries, vocations, and Christian faith traditions. The University leadership keeps student interests in view through continual evaluation of its online educational services and its commitment to make courses and degree programs available and affordable. Ultimately, our story is about the students whom God allows us to serve.

Biblical Story of Shiloh

The basis for the name and mission of Shiloh University is the biblical story of Shiloh—a story which illustrates three recurring themes seen throughout the Scriptures.

After possessing the land of Canaan under Joshua, the nation Israel established Shiloh as its spiritual and administrative center. At Shiloh, Joshua distributed the land to each tribe of Israel and the Levites were apportioned their cities. Shiloh became the first location of the Tabernacle of the Lord. Here resided the Ark of the Covenant, the presence of the Lord in the midst of His people.

The prophet Samuel ministered before the Lord at Shiloh. I Samuel 3:21 (NASB) says, “And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed Himself … by the word of the LORD.” The Lord made Himself known to Israel through the Torah and the Word of the Lord spoken by His prophets, and that Word guided them as a nation.

Samuel established both schools of prophets and prophetic communities that were committed to serve and worship the Lord. Under the fathering ministry of Samuel at Shiloh, the schools of prophets studied, practiced, and spoke the Word of the Lord. They were a tremendous force in controlling both the spiritual atmosphere and natural events of Israel.

Shiloh is not only an example of the power and effectiveness of God’s people when committed to follow Him, but it also serves as a warning to all who forsake His ways. Later in the Old Testament story, we read that Israel forsook the ways of the Lord which they had learned through the Torah and His prophets; God then responded by withdrawing His presence from their midst. When they lost the blessing and favor of the Lord’s presence, Shiloh became a desolate place.

In restoration, Shiloh is also a lesson of hope. The prophets spoke of a day when God’s presence would once again dwell with His people. Genesis 49:10-11 prophetically declares a messianic appearing at Shiloh—restoring obedience to His people and establishing leadership to all nations. God is speaking today just as He has in every generation. He is speaking through the Scriptures and through His servants. Today God is raising up a generation to carry His Word and His presence to the ends of the earth. Like the school of prophets of old, Shiloh University is committed to teaching and equipping this and future generations to serve the Lord as did Samuel and the prophets in the days of God’s glory in Shiloh.