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,

Here is an update on the human sexuality issue with which our United Methodist Church has been wrestling.  After almost 2 years of study and meetings the Council of Bishops offers this motion for the whole Church to consider at the Special Session of General Conference on February 2019.

Motion: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the special session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes:

All three plans (The Traditionalist Plan, The One Church Plan, and The Connectional Conference Plan) for a way forward considered by the Commission and the Council.

The Council’s recommendation of The One Church Plan.

All historical narrative of the Council’s discernment process regarding all three plans.

 

The full report will be shared with the whole church as soon as it is perfected and translated into several languages, but no later than July 8th, 2018. Here’s a brief look at each plan concerning the matters of human sexuality and full inclusion of gay and lesbian persons.

The Traditionalist Plan:

Current restrictive language will be strengthened.

Accountability to noncompliance will be increased.

The Connectional Conference Plan:

In positioning with theological orientations and values (traditional, centrist, and progressive) three Connectional Conferences (branches) will be created.

Annual Conferences and local churches could choose which Connectional Conference to align with.

Each Connectional Conference establishes its own language in the Book of Discipline.

The One Church Plan:

Current restrictive language will be changed into permissive language.

It is up to the Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and Clergy Session to determine the standards upon which someone is ordained, to the clergy to determine who they marry, and to the local congregation to decide their marriage policies.

No one will be required to do something against one’s conscience.

As a local congregation, we have decided to hold special Administrative Council meetings each month until the end of the year to discuss this report and make our own plans for a way forward.  Any member of St. Paul’s may attend these meetings.  We have already met with our District Superintendent, Dr. Charles Salisbury on May 17 to hear his insights. Watch the bulletin insert for the dates and times of the next meetings.  Please be in prayer, not only for our church, but for the whole denomination as we seek God’s will and guidance.

In Christ’s Love

Pastor Tim