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.

March 29 Online Sunday Service

29 Mar 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
We welcome you to our Online Sunday Worship Service and we are thankful you have chosen to give thanks and praise with us today at Philadelphia United...

March 22 Online Sunday Service

22 Mar 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
As we face these unprecedented times of social distancing, we join together as a church for this online service to collectively give thanks to God and renew...

Partnering with God

3 Nov 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 6:9-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 9 “Pray then in this way:  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come.  Your...

Wind Beneath My Wings

12 May 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
ISAIAH 40: 28-31 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does...

I’ll Stand By You

28 Apr 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Value of a Friend 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their...

New Creations

7 Apr 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV) "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become...

Have and Have Nots

31 Mar 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Acts 2:44-45 "All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all,...

Us, Them & The Body of Christ

24 Mar 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Galatians 3:28 "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ...

Right,Wrong & Holy

17 Mar 2019 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
I Peter 1:16 "for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am...
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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