Rollie and Vicki Whalen launched Shiloh Family Ministries in October 2000 as an evangelical, non-denominational, non-profit ministry established to strengthen and rebuild our nation’s families on Biblical foundations. At that time, the Whalens had been team-teaching youth and adult Bible studies and leading parenting and marriage enrichment seminars in local churches for more than 20 years.
In January 1994, heart-broken over the growing divorce rate, the drug and alcohol problems, and deteriorating families within the Christian community, the Whalen family began an exciting adventure. Their mission was to establish a ministry focused on helping hurting families who had become disconnected due to the competing priorities of career, possessions, and pleasure. The vision was to provide a place where busy families could escape their daily routines and prioritize the important over the immediate.
In May 2001, the Whalens were formally commissioned by Community Bible Church in San Diego as domestic missionaries and moved to the east coast in search of a tranquil setting to begin their ministry. In June 2005 Shiloh Family Ministries purchased the Camp Kerr Lake facilities near Henderson, NC to begin ministering to and serving camping families and the local community.
Bill Callahan serves as Camp Director as the Whalens are taking a step back to spend time with family. Billy began camping at CKL in his youth and has continued to be involved in the ministry since the Whalen's reopened the camp in 2005. He joined the Shiloh Family Ministries Board of Directors in 2014 and he became an ordained minister in October of 2020. Pastor Billy will continue to manage campground operations and minister to our camping families.
Today, the volunteer staff of Shiloh Family Ministries serve our campers and the local community by offering a peaceful camping environment in God’s creation, a Sunday morning worship service, mid-week Bible study, family-friendly events, musical guests, summer Youth Camps and partnerships with other local ministries and churches. Come camp, worship, minister and volunteer with us!