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.

Walking with Jesus

8 Nov 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Matthew 5:1-12 records the opening verses of what has become known as Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" - these familiar words of scripture offer to us insight into...

Poison Prevention

25 Oct 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Proverbs 13:20 is a great verse to memorize because it gives us God's wise counsel on how to avoid the poisons that can harm, injure or kill our...

Promised Security

18 Oct 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Psalm 91 assures us that God "has our back" . This assurance that our security is promised, has implications for how we live each...

Confident Hope

11 Oct 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Drawing on insights from Psalm 23, we can live each day in confident...

Hope for the world

4 Oct 2020 0 Comment Pastor Rebecca Shirley
Followers of Christ are called to messengers of hope for the world. In today's service we will consider what it takes to be messengers of hope. Our focus text...

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...
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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

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