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.

Good, Evil and God

10 Mar 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Ephesians 5:15-16 "Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are...

Embodying Our Faith

3 Mar 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
James 1:17-26 7 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no...

To Help At All Times

17 Feb 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 25:31-40 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the...

Valentines For Everyone!

10 Feb 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
James 2:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)  You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor...

The Power To Make A Difference

3 Feb 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Romans 14:1-19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2 Some believe...

A Dark and Stormy Night

27 Jan 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
I Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about...

Core Values Guide Us

20 Jan 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Micah 6:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do...

Faith Seeking Understanding

13 Jan 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Philippians 3:13-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 13 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what...

Followers or Leaders

6 Jan 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 2:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Visit of the Wise Men 2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise...
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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