Bradley Memorial UMC is blessed with outstanding professional staff and volunteers who are committed to using the skills and talents God has given them to further God’s work in our world. Please contact us if you would like more information about Bradley Memorial UMC, or if we can be of assistance to you in any way.
The mailing address, telephone number, and fax number for all staff members are:
Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church
1425 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Rev. Debra Short
Pastor Debra is originally from Northfield, Illinois, a suburb of the North Shore of Chicago. She grew up in the United Church of Christ denomination but attended and graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree after receiving her calling at age 36. Before that, Debra graduated from Stephen’s College in 1978 with an Associate Arts Degree in Fashion Illustration before graduating in 1980 from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.
After graduating from seminary, she served in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church for 3 years before transferring to the Western North Carolina Conference in 2000. Rev. Short came to Bradley Memorial UMC in July 2013 from Westview UMC in Hickory where she was the pastor since 2009. She has also served as lead Pastor at Roberta UMC in Concord; Bonds Grove UMC in Waxhaw, and Pleasant Grove UMC in Charlotte as Associate Pastor.
Debra has an identical twin sister, Jackie who is a Local Pastor in the UMC and will begin serving part time in July 2014 as an Associate Pastor. Additionally, Debra has one other sister and two brothers who live in Louisiana and California. She also has a Golden Retriever named Hampton.
Debra enjoys singing and sings in the Hickory Choral Society as well as, the church choir. She enjoys artistic painting; playing golf; home decorating; vacationing in the Caribbean; retreating to the Blue Ridge mountains; and missions trips. Her true passion is reaching people for Christ and sharing the truth of Scripture.
Director of Music
Dana Grant is a native of Gastonia. Married to Ron Grant. Two children, Tyler and Noah. One granddaughter, Ali Grant. Has served as Business Manager of Bradley Memorial UMC for eight years. Oversees the finances, buildings and main flow of the office.