Pastor Tim Funk
Pastor Tim Funk is a second-generation minister. His father, Amos M. Funk served United Brethren, Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist Churches for over 60 years. Born and raised in the Chambersburg area Tim accepted Christ at a revival service at his home church, St. John’s UM Church, when he was 10 years old. At 13 years of age he received the call to the pastoral ministry but only became serious about the matter in his early twenties. It was then that he decided to attended Messiah College and Wesley Theological Seminary to prepare for the future God laid out for him. Tim met his wife, Sharon in his last year of college and they married in June of 1984. As a team the two have served 4 other parishes before coming to St. Paul’s in Red Lion. From 1985 – 1988, while in seminary, Tim was assistant pastor at Potomac UM Church, Potomac, MD. From 1988 – 1994 he served The Catawissa Circuit, a three point charge, consisting of Bethel, Fisherdale and St. Paul’s U.M. Churches. It was during this pastorate that their two incredible children, Rebekkah and Jesse were born. His next appointment from 1994-1998 was only 4 miles from Red Lion at Bethany UM Church in Felton. Tim’s longest pastorate was with the people of Waggoners UMC in Carlisle from 1998 – 2014. When he is not ministering, Tim enjoys all kinds of sports, fishing, auto racing and walking the Gettysburg Battlefield.
A Message From Pastor Tim
Through the month of October I will con:nue my sermon series on the Armor of God. You find the armor
listed in Ephesians 6: 14-18: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fiIed with Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salva:on, the sword of the Spirit and prayer in the Spirit.
Why is this armor necessary? An illustra:on I found about World War 2 helps us understand.
In autumn of 1944 and Germany had been beaten back behind its borders. The Nazi war machine was in taIers and the repeated bombing raids of the Allies all but assured that Hitler’s forces would never rise again. Around the perimeter of Germany’s borders, the Allies spread a thin line of forces. One person observed that Allied forces were so scaIered that a man could slip between its lines without being observed.
All across Europe, there was celebra:on, par:es, dances, speeches all rejoicing in Germany’s defeat. The war was effec:vely over. The only problem was somebody forgot to tell Germany. Even as his forces were being shaIered and driven back Hitler was devising a plan for one last onslaught. Underground factories churned out more weapons, armament and ammuni:on. More of Germany’s young and old men were conscripted and trained for war. And as Europe rejoiced, Hitler planned.
His goal was not to drive back the Allies into the sea, as much as it was to divide the Bri:sh to the North and Americans to the South, so demoralizing them that they would sue for peace on his terms. Hundreds and thousands of men died because somebody forgot that the enemy s:ll lived and that the war was not over. What Paul is telling us in Ephesians 6 is that the enemy s:ll lives. Jesus Christ has won the war and defeated Satan. But the baIles are not completely over. And you and I had beIer not let down our guard. We must put on the whole armor of God and prepare for baIle un:l Jesus comes again.
Pastor Tim Funk