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.

Families – Yours, Mine and God’s

20 Sep 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
No family is perfect. Even the families we read about in the Bible encountered struggles, internal strife and divisions. However, though these stories we can...

Be Your True Self

13 Sep 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Society has a way of trying to tell us who we are or who we "should" be. In today's service we will be reminded of our true identity as we recall several...

Following God’s Rhythm

6 Sep 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
When the stress and chaos of life are wearing us down, we need to remember Jesus' invitation as recorded in Matthew 11:28-30 - it is an invitation to follow...

Everyday Holy Habits

30 Aug 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Living our Faith every day of the week can be a challenge - like the Apostle Paul we often find ourselves not doing the good we want to do and doing things we...

Living Faith In A Monday World

23 Aug 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Jesus's parable of the talents informs our understanding of what it means to have an ambitious faith fueled by the passion to follow Jesus every day. (Matthew...

Stay Positive with a Generous Heart

16 Aug 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Generosity is one of the qualities that will help us to live a positive life. In today's service, we reflect on what it means to have a generous...

Enthusiastic Living – Run to Win!

9 Aug 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
In I Corinthians 9:24, The Apostle Paul compares life to a race. In today's service we will explore how Paul's analogy assists us in staying...

From Grumbling to Gratitude

2 Aug 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
As we continue in a sermon series looking at God's desire and plan for us to stay positive in this world we focus in on the importance of gratitude. We'll draw...

The Power of Encouragement

26 Jul 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
During today's service we will explore the importance of being an encourager as we consider the life of Barnabas, the Son of...
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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