Denise has seen PUMC grow from a small rural church that had one worship service each week to a congregation that holds three worship services on Sundays and hosts Wednesday night meals and programs throughout the school year. Through the years, she has helped perform just about every duty you can think of from filling in to play the piano for funeral services, to helping us watch our little ones, to answering the phones and everything in between. Currently, she produces our Sunday morning worship service bulletins each week, maintains our membership records, keeps our office supplies ordered and well stocked, maintains our church calendar and room reservation requests. Denise warmly greets each guest who enters the church office Monday – Thursday 9am – 12:30pm.

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston

Bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Bishop, SC Conference UMC

Pastor Becky Shirley

Becky is a lifelong United Methodist from Columbia, SC who has a passion for sharing God's love. She is a graduate of Columbia College, and earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary. Becky and her husband Richard enjoy running, hiking, watching movies and playing scrabble.

Senior Pastor

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