BIOGRAPHY

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.

Do You Want to Get Well?

4 Mar 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
John 5: 1-9 The Healing at the Pool 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the...

How Many Loaves Do You Have?

25 Feb 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 15:32-38 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people;they have already been with me three days and have...

Change a Life

11 Feb 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Mark 12:28-34 The Greatest Commandment 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer,...

Let It Go

3 Feb 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Philippians 3:10-15 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11 if...

Using Our Hands and Feet

28 Jan 2018 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
James 1  :  23-24 23 Suppose someone listens to the word but doesn’t do what it says. Then they are like a person who looks at their face in a...

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....
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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