Becky earned a BA in public affairs and a minor in business from Columbia College, a United Methodist affiliated women’s college in Columbia, SC. While in college, she was active in the Wesley Fellowship group on campus and enjoyed participating in plays with other members of the drama department. After graduating, she attended the University of South Carolina where she earned an MBA and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to answering the call to serve in full time ministry, she worked at The American Heart Association and at The United Way of the Midlands, both in Columbia, SC. In 1990, she began working as the Director of Congregational Care and Volunteer Ministries at her home church, Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC. While there, she received training as a Stephen Ministry leader and as a Director for Rainbows grief support groups. While still serving on the staff at Trenholm Road UMC, in 1996, she was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in the SC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 1999, she was ordained as a Deacon and was appointed as an Associate Minister of Trenholm Road UMC. In 2006, she was appointed as the pastor of Johnston and Harmony UM churches and was ordained as an Elder in 2007. From 2010-15 she served as the pastor of Platt Springs UMC  in West Columbia.  In June of 2015, the Bishop appointed her to Philadelphia UMC to serve as the first female pastor of this congregation.

The Spiritual Bucket List

21 Jan 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 14: 22-36 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After...

Make a List

14 Jan 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Scripture: Luke 4:16-21 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood...

Spiritual Bucket List

7 Jan 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time...

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

24 Dec 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
John 1:1-5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Word Became Flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....

While Shepherds Watched…

10 Dec 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Luke 2:8-20New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then...

O Little Town of Bethlehem

3 Dec 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Scripture - Micah 5:2-5a  from Common English Bible (CEB) 2 As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, though you are the least significant of Judah’s...

Follow the Leader

26 Nov 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Bible Passage: Isaiah...

Choices We Make

29 Oct 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Bible Passage: Luke 12:16-21,...

What Disciples Are Called To Do

22 Oct 2017 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Sermon: What Disciples Are Called to Do Bible Passage: 1 Peter 4:10 & John...
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Nic Gold

Nic joined the Philadelphia United Methodist Church staff in 2017. He is from Shelby, NC and his wife, Lisa, is from Dayton, Ohio and they have a daughter, Dakota. He is passionate about expanding the Kingdom of God through Children and Family ministries. He likes reading, writing, theology, art, coffee, film, music, football, and great food.

Director of Children & Family Ministries

Jim Lowder

Jim came to Philadelphia Church in August of 2017. He is the youngest son of a United Methodist minister, growing up in Western NC. Born in Asheville, Jim has called Cherryville, Walkertown, Greensboro and Charlotte home. Jim is married to his wife, Debra, a teacher in Gaston County. He has two grown children, Drew and Abbie. He is an avid Duke and NASCAR fan.

Director of Worship Arts

Donna Coggins

Donna is an inactive CPA from Tennessee. She moved to Fort Mill with her family in 2015. She lives with her husband, Corey and two daughters, Emma (12) and Taylor (10) in Baxter. She enjoys running and stays busy with travel soccer and volleyball with her girls.

Financial Associate

Denise Watson

Denise is our Office Manager and has worked for Philadelphia United Methodist Church since June, 1993. She has three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren. Denise enjoys spending time with her grandbabies, playing the piano and crocheting.

Office Manager

Rev. Joe Long, Jr.

Rev. Joe Long is the United Methodist Church of South Carolina's Rock Hill District Superintendent.

Rock Hill District Superintendent

Jim Price

Jim Price has been a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church for over 60 years and is a Lay Leader and active member of the congregation serving in various ministries and on different committee throughout the years.

Lay Leader