About Us

Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford

Dora is a native of Hartsville, SC. She graduated from Hartsville High School and earned 
a B.S. degree in Business Education from Winthrop Univeristy. After graduation, she 
taught business classes in Hartsville for three years. During that time, she sensed God calling her into full-time Christian service and entered Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She graduated from Asbury with a Master of Divinity Degree in 
Pastoral Ministry. While at Asbury, she met her husband, Ben, who  is a native of Texas. They have served churches as a clergy couple in South Carolina for 36 years.
They have two married daughters, Reagan Elizabeth and Lindsey Ruth. Reagan is 
married to James Cannon and they have two boys, Thomas Law and John Rogers. They live in Pawleys Island.. Lindsey is married to Andrew Cannon and they live in Charleston.
In 2004, Ben and Dora began work on a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Formation 
at the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana. They completed this work in 2006. Together they 
have led many Bible Studies, Retreats, and special teaching events.
Dora loves cats, chocolate and sharing the love of Christ. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 34:3:  "Glorify the Lord 
with me; let us exalt his name together." She wants to be a shepherd who will know you, love you, lead you to green pastures, and bind up your wounds.

Church History

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church was established in 1785, one year after the Methodist Episcopal Church in America was founded in Baltimore, Maryland. This church is the oldest Methodist congregation in the state of South Carolina, as well one of the oldest in the nation. Duncan Memorial United Methodist church was organized by Bishop Francis Asbury, one of the first two bishops in the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first pastor of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church was the Reverend Woolman Hickson. In 1903, the present church building replaced earlier church structures.