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,

Many of you may have heard, but in case you did not, our church secretary for the last 38 years, Kay Leibhart is re:ring. She plans to move to Florida to be near her daughter and son-in-law. Kay’s last day in the office is Friday, October 25. Her last Sunday in worship is October 27.

Over the last five years that I have been the pastor at St. Paul’s Kay has saved me so much work. Because of her efficiency and dedica:on I have been able to concentrate on using my preaching, teaching and visita:on skills in this church and community. And, her exper:se enabled all of you, as disciples of Christ, to focus on u:lizing your spiritual giS at St. Paul’s without being bogged down with other maTers. Add to this all the work she did for laity and clergy the previous 33 years and you can begin to appreciate her incredible contribu:on. To say she will be missed is an understatement. We have already begun the process of finding her replacement or, as I should write, ”replacements” because it may take more than one person to do what she did.

Kay, on behalf of myself and the members of St. Paul’s, we thank you for all your years of service here. Well done, very well done! We pray for God’s blessing to go with you as you begin this new stage of life. Keep in touch. We will think of you oSen, probably while we are folding bulle:ns, answering phones or filing reports at church, etc.


Pastor Tim