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 St. Paul’s Members,
Welcome to Lent 2019. Lent will begin this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and end on Easter Sunday, April 21. It’s traditionally a time of repentance and reflection, and offers excellent opportunities for seeking our Lord’s counsel on how we are to live. In the Old Testament the prophet Isaiah, when, referring to the promised Messiah, wrote, this Anointed One would be called, among other Titles, “Wonderful Counselor.” May we take him at his word, and seek his counseling this Lenten season through prayer, the study of Scripture, worship, letting go of sin and by reaching out to others in love. I want you to know that our Lord’s counseling office is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. No appointment is necessary. Neither is there a fee for his services; he has already paid the price. I encourage you to take advantage of this incredible offer!

Peace, Pastor Tim