Reverend Jonathan R. Staples serves as the pastor for First Shiloh Baptist Church. Reverend Staples previously served as Senior Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Palo Alto, California for nearly eleven years. During his tenure at Jerusalem, Reverend Staples served as Moderator of the Bay Area Baptist District Association, and President of the Black Caucus of the American Baptist Churches of the West.
Prior to becoming Jerusalem's seventh Pastor, Reverend Staples was a Senior Program Associate at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies where he helped churches to develop human/social service programs. He also was an Associate Minister at Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, where he served as Minister of Christian Education. In addition, he was the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Young Adult Training Program in New York City His experience also includes a three year ministerial internship at Monumental Baptist Church, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Reverend Staples received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary of Princeton University where he was awarded the distinguished Byrd Prize for outstanding preaching. He has completed all but his dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary. In addition, Pastor Staples received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science in 1987 from Stanford University. During his years at Stanford, Reverend Staples studied the history of art, economics and the politics of France at Stanford-in-France in Tour, France and was the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow Award.