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,
Most people associate resolu3ons with the New Year. According to the Barna Group here are the

top resolu3ons categories:
weight, diet and health (35%);

money, debt and finances (20%); personal improvement (13%); addic3on (12%);
job and career (10%); educa3onal (6%);

spiritual or rela3onship with God (4%).

It is telling that so few Americans say they want to improve their rela3onship with God. We now live in a society in which so many individuals think they do not need God. Maybe that is a big part of the reason so many fail to keep their New Years’ resolu3on. The Barna Group didn’t list that percentage, but I suspect the failure rate is very, very high.

So many people today are trying to turn over a new leaf or become a beVer person without God’s power. Paul said, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13.) It takes a supernatural power to change the human heart. Another reason people fail at keeping their New Year’s Resolu3on is due to impa3ence. They try to change, but if it doesn’t happen in a month or two they give up. O\en, when we seek God’s power to change us, we think our transforma3on should happen immediately. That is not the way it works. Jesus was with his disciples for almost 3 years and even a\er that amount of 3me they were not the followers of Christ they should have been. They all ran away from Jesus when he was arrested in the garden. Worse yet, Peter denied his Lord 3 3mes that evening.

To follow Jesus and become the kind of disciples he desires, and the kind of disciple we desire to be down deep, we must be in it for the long haul. Paul wrote in Philippians 1: 6“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to comple3on un3l the day of Christ Jesus.”
We have a whole new year ahead of us. To receive power from God requires us to pursue a right rela3onship with God. Make use of the ministries here at St. Paul’s make sure you are focused on the Lord and not yourself. And be pa3ent. Even when you don’t feel like coming to church, praying, reading the Scriptures or serving others, do it anyway. Be in it for the long haul because God has a work he wants to complete in you.

In Christ’s Love, Pastor Tim