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.

Declaration of Freedom

5 Jul 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Galatians 5:13-14 reminds us of our freedom in Christ - a freedom that calls us to love one another as Christ loves...

Living like Penguins

28 Jun 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
In this service we will look at the beautiful way Penguins remind us of Paul's instructions to the church in Ephesus about how we are to care for one...

Hall of Fame Dads

21 Jun 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
As we celebrate Father's Day, we will look at the choices Dads like Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, make that bring honor to God and enrich the lives of all...

No Hands to Serve But Ours

14 Jun 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
According to Luke 10:1-3, Jesus is calling for laborers to work in His kingdom - to bring peace, justice and healing. As disciples of Christ, we are His hands...

Trinity Sunday 2020 – Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

7 Jun 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
As we worship God this day, we are reminded that our God is a triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit who created us all to be ONE human family united in...

Pentecost Sunday 2020

31 May 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Acts 2:1-13 recounts the story of the Holy Spirit's power enabling the early disciples to transform the world. This same power from the Holy Spirit is...

Memorial Day Weekend Service of Worship

24 May 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
During this service of worship we will reflect on what it means to live a life of significance. Our scripture text for the service is Mark...

Look to the Rainbow with Noah

17 May 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Thank you for joining us this Sunday for Worship Online as we share the word of our Lord & Savior Jesus...

Mother’s Day 2020

10 May 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
During today's service of worship, we will reflect on 3 ways mothers often express love and how their love helps us to understand God's great love for us....
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Bishop L. Jonathan Holston

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

Bishop, SC Conference UMC

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

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