Who We Are

Magnolia United Methodist Church was founded as a new church on January 29, 2023. 

You are invited to join this journey where everyone is encouraged to respond to God’s call to be a church for all people, offering a place to love God, experience life, abide in the Holy Spirit and follow Jesus.

For Our Visitors

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand it can be nervewracking to visit a new church. We hope the questions and answers below will help you feel more comfortable and at home when you visit. We look forward to meeting you!

What do United Methodists believe?

As a part of the worldwide United Methodist Church family, we follow a set of Bible-based, God inspired beliefs set forth by our denomination. To learn more about our beliefs, CLICK HERE.

Where do you meet?

We currently share space with First Presbyterian of Gulf Shores located at 309 E. 21st Ave, Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

Where should I park? Is there handicapped parking available?

Please park to the back side of the church to make room for our Presbyterian friends!  There is handicapped parking available.

What should I expect?

Our one service at 9:30am is a traditional United Methodist service.

Do you serve Communion?

We serve Communion on the first Sunday of every month.  All are welcome at God’s table!

What should I wear?

We live in an island paradise!  You will see a mixture of clothing choices, from summer wear to traditional Sunday best! 

Is there Sunday School?

We have a few Sunday School choices available. 

Is there Children's Church or a Nursery?

We have Children’s Church during every service and a nursery is available for you to take your little ones during the service.  

Who We Are

Meet Our Pastors & Lay Leader

Rev. Dr. Debora Bishop - Founding Pastor

The Reverend Dr. Debora Bishop is our founding pastor. She is an ordained Elder in the Alabama West-Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Debora is wife to Tom Bishop, a retired Marine, and mother to their son, Matthew, who works and lives in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science at Troy University, a Master of Arts in Business at Webster University, a Master of Divinity at Erskine Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to her call to ministry Debora retired from the United States Marine Corps. She is a certified Spiritual Director, has completed the Institute for Clergy Excellence (Faith and Finances), attended Servant Heart Emmaus Walk 14, and completed the two-year Academy for Spiritual Formation. During her eight years on the AWF Conference Board of Trustees she served four years as President. Dr. Bishop is the District Superintendent of the Southwest District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Serving with the people called Magnolia UMC has been a blessing and provides an opportunity to see God at work through the love and grace of everyone who claims Magnolia UMC as their church home.

Rev. Todd Dowdy - Associate Pastor

bio to come.

Esther Jackson - Lay Leader

As Lay Leader, I serve as the connection between our pastor(s) and the people of the church (laity) to help ensure that we fulfill the mission and vision of the church and accomplish our spiritual ministry. It is important to me that laity is involved in all areas and that everyone is a part in whatever way God calls them to be. I strive to encourage and wholeheartedly listen to everyone’s feelings, thoughts, ideas and concerns.

I represent the congregation as a voting member of our Leadership Team and am a lay delegate to the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference.