Jim Lowder, son of a Methodist minister, grew up in a loving and musical home.  His mother was a piano teacher, his father sang and played guitar and mandolin.  His sister was an accomplished violinist, and a brother a fine trumpet player. Jim has played organ, keyboard and piano in many if his ministries.  He is a versatile musician who loves the classic hymns and anthems of the church as well as the newer, ‘contemporary’ genre as heard on Christian radio.  He also loves to compose new music for the church, especially songs and anthems for worship.   He leads the Chancel Choir, Joyful Praize (3rd-5th grade choir), CORE (contemporary worship ensemble), and our handbells, the Jubilate Ringers.

Jim earned a BA in Music Composition and Theory from Duke University and a Masters of Church Music from Scarritt College (Nashville, TN).  He has served churches in Greensboro, NC, Nashville, TN, Dyersburg, TN, Charlotte, Manteo and Belmont in NC.

Share Your Gifts

21 Nov 2020 0 Comment Jim Lowder
Matthew 25:14-29 (Contemporary English Version) "The kingdom is also like what happened when a man went away and put his three servants in charge of all he...

Pardon the Interruption

1 Nov 2020 0 Comment Jim Lowder
As we remember the Saints who have gone before us, Jim Lowder, PUMC's Director of Music Ministries shares a personal message grounded in words about the Jesus'...

2017 Christmas Cantata

17 Dec 2017 0 Comment Jim Lowder
A Worship Service celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ through a selection of hymns, solos and readings by the PUMC Choir and members of the...

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

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Hodge

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Hodge began serving as the District Superintendent for the Rock Hill District of the SC United Methodist Conference in June 2020.

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