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

The month of June is vacation month for me.  I take my annual trek north into Quebec, Canada to fish for bass and pike.  As I go, I will not have to worry about you because I leave you in good hands.  Pastor Mitch Galloway, a retired United Methodist Elder with over 41 years of experience takes over for me.  As Mitch ministers among you, you will be inspired by him.  Why?  Because he is totally blind.

In his early teens Mitch had a tumor near his brain.  An operation saved his life, but not his sight. From that time on Mitch has had to overcome incredible obstacles.  But none of those barriers kept him from accomplishing what God had called him to do, become an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Watch how Mitch uses his spiritual gifts each week he is here.  Then ask yourself, am I allowing little things in life to keep from doing what God has called me to do/?  I believe as Mitch leads worship, preaches prays and more you will be encouraged to raise your level of discipleship.   See you in July!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Tim