From Our Pastor

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

Dear Friends,

As summer gets into high gear this July and August, let me share this poem I found.  Its source is anonymous.

He was just a little lad, and on the week’s first day,

was wandering home from church, and dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillar.  He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the filler.

A bird’s nest in a tree o’er head so wisely placed and high

Was just another wonder caught by his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn,

Asked him where he’d been that day, and what was going on.

“Oh, I’ve been to church, (he carefully turned a sod,

and found a snail beneath it); I’ve learned a lot about God”

“M’m’m, a very fine way,” the neighbor said, “for a boy to spend his time;

If you’ll tell where God is I’ll give you a brand new dime.”

Quick as a flash his answer came!  Nor were his accents faint –

“I’ll give you a dollar mister, if you tell me where God ain’t.”

As you spend more time on vacation and enjoying the great outdoors, remember that there are wonderful lessons to learn about God.  God is the designer and creator of all that is and the Lord is everywhere in his creation.  But, as wonderful a teacher as creation and nature can be, the only  place to hear the Good News of the Gospel is through another creation of God, his Church.  I hope to see you in worship this summer as we continue to make clear the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible.


Pastor Tim