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.
I wish you and your family a very happy July 4 celebration. We are truly blessed to live in a country that offers such incredible freedom, liberty and life. Never take for granted what we enjoy as Americans. And why are we a free and prosperous people? Why are we a great nation?
Read what French author Alexis de Tocqueville, who visited America in 1831, wrote.
“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning, and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard the pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great.
Take a moment to think about this observation of de Tocqueville. If he is right, then what you and I do in church is important to preserving our liberty. Reading, studying, preaching and practicing God’s Word helps keep us free. That is why we can take a vacation from work this summer, but we should never take a break from the Scriptures. America was founded on the principles contained in the Old and New Testaments. The more the Scriptures are a part of us, individually, the more life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be a reality in our nation.