Meet the Staff
Greetings, I am Pastor Jay D. McMillen, Senior Pastor of Shiloh Church UCC, in Dayton, Ohio. I have served Shiloh on the Pastoral Staff since January of 2001. My journey has been one of much joy and conviction for what I am called to do in the world. My schooling consisted of 5 years of Lay School through the United Church of Christ having received my license for ministry in 2006. I have many joys in my ministry and call to serve. My focus is guided each and every day by leading in ways that bring us all into a closer relationship with God.
There is so much life around us and the foundation is strong with Shiloh Church, UCC.
I was born and raised in Englewood, Ohio and graduated from Northmont High School in 1993. Growing up right here in Northern Montgomery County has been a true blessing for me and my family. My wife Dawn, raised in Defiance, Ohio, is a blessing to my life and we share two adult children, Ashton and Makenzie. Both are growing into remarkable young ladies and we are so overjoyed to spend time with them and see them flourish. My hobbies include going to the golf course, a game I love to play, being with friends, and most of all just being around people. No matter the setting I love to be in a place and meet new people and connect. I enjoy watching anything sports, golf, football, baseball and some basketball. People who really know me realize my love of The Ohio State University football team, where I bleed Scarlet and Gray.
My hope and prayer for all who might read this is to always remember we are all one, in the spirit. As a community we can do remarkable things when we work together for ministries of justice and equality, serving the needs of those around us to simply make their lives better. I hope you will join us at Shiloh where we “Live the Word, by Serving the World.”
Mark has been a member of Shiloh Church since 1985, started working for the church in 2000 as Assistant Music Director and became Music Director in 2006. He directs the vocal choirs and bell choirs at the church, assists with worship planning and implementation, and created and helps maintain this website. He is also known as the Pondmaster and Head Cook and Dishwasher at congregational dinners.
Mark is from Columbus, Indiana, He attended Morehead State University where he received a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music.
Mark was a Music Teacher for 37 years, 3 of those in Maysville City Schools (KY) and 34 at Northmont High School (OH). While at Northmont, Mark's Bands and Choirs received many State and National awards. Mark also served as Music Director for the Northmont Drama Club. He has music directed over 40 musicals during his tenure at Northmont.
Mark served on the State Board of the the Ohio Educational Theatre Association for 25 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Victor Kovacs, Jr
Assistant Music Director
Victor Kovacs Jr began studying piano when he was in kindergarten. He began organ study at the age of 9 alongside continued piano lessons. Through his own interest and aided by his situation, he was asked to play the organ for daily Masses by the age of 11. At the age of 15, he was hired professionally as an organist.
Victor was born in Cincinnati and attended St. Michael Catholic School, St. Gertrude the Great Roman Catholic School, and ultimately completed high school at Princeton High School. He accompanied all the high school choirs in concert, also leading ensembles as well as accompanying soloists in OMEA competitions. He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating Cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 2010.
While working on his degree, he was chosen as the organist for performances of Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Bach’s Cantata Nun komm der heiden Heiland, and finally as the Organist for the University’s annual Christmas presentation, Feast of Carols. After winning a full scholarship at the Strader Organ Competition in 2011, Victor re-entered the master’s Program for Organ Performance in 2011/2012. Victor has completed all the coursework and one of the two recitals necessary for his diploma.
Since his first days playing daily Masses at his school, Victor has held many positions as organist, choir director, accompanist, and music director. His previous positions include Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Kenwood, Ohio, Organist at Memorial United Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio, Organist at Old Troy Pike Community Church in Huber Heights, Ohio, and Director of Music Ministry at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Middletown, Ohio. Before coming to Shiloh Church in February of 2015, Victor was the Music Director at St. Gertrude Parish. St. Gertrude is administered by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, whom Victor served as organ teacher to the novices who live at the St. Gertrude Priory.
Ashley M. Pack has served as Administrative Assistant here at Shiloh Church for almost 15 years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She resides in the greater Dayton area with her children. She is active within her community supporting local volunteer opportunities and women’s rights non-profit organizations. She enjoys sports (Go Reds ⚾, Cavs 🏀 & Bengals🏈), arts and crafts, sewing, remodeling her home and spending lazy days with her family.
Erica Roberts comes to Shiloh with previous experience as the assistant manager for a local housing complex, and as a regional logistics coordinator for Ryder Truck Rental. She loves spending time with her husband Ryan and their daughter Peyton and son, Jackson. Erica also enjoys watching football (Go Bucks and Go Colts!), supporting her husband’s love of the Bengals, and spending time around a bonfire with friends and family!