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.

Pastor’s Post

Dear St. Paul’s Members,

Despite a Special General Conference in February of 2019, the issue of human sexuality in the United Methodist Church is still being debated. As a result, a mediation team, representing the Council of Bishops and the two factions within our denomination, have proposed groundbreaking legislation that is to be presented at the May 2020 General Conference in Minnesota. In a nutshell, the proposal allows those who hold to the traditional view of marriage and human sexuality to form a new denomination. The sticky part will be sorting out how to split the United Methodist Church’s assets.

Please understand this has not been voted up or down yet. However, it most likely will be presented for a vote in May. I am uncertain as to whether or not it will pass.  If it does, you and I, as individuals and as a congregation, will have a huge choice to make. Do we stay or go.

As I have shared with you before, I, as a pastor, cannot in good conscience perform same sex weddings. I would have to go with the new denomination and uphold what I believe is the Biblical stance on human sexuality.

Begin now to search your heart on this matter and ask God to give you a definite direction. Uncertain times are ahead, but the Lord promises to navigate us through them.

In Christ’s Love Pastor Tim