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,

In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul wrote

“Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.  Do everything in love.”

I Corinthians 16: 13-14

Those are some wise words for our church, today.

BE ON YOUR GUARD: It is easy to fall into sin and temptation. Think carefully and wisely. Do not react too quickly. See a problem before it occurs. Be alert.

STAND FIRM IN YOUR FAITH: The Christian faith is being pushed to the margins of our society and culture. We may be tempted to push back or separate. But “standing firm” is not an aggressive posture. Nor is it passive. Instead, it is an immovable, unchanging position.

BE COURAGEOUS: Taking the Good News of Jesus Christ out into our community requires courage. It’s safe to hang back. It is easy to stay within our walls.  We bravely went into Mazie Gable Elementary School and made a difference in the lives of the students!

BE STRONG: Ministry is hard work.  It can be very draining.  But strength comes from the inside as God’s Holy Spirit renews, especially when we are reaching out to the lost, the last and the least.

DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE: Our society is engaged in division and discord. We are to practice love in times of disagreement or divisiveness.

As we strive to be the church God calls us to be in October, may we pay attention to Paul’s inspired teaching.  And may God bless our ministries with fruit that will lift up his name and change people’s lives.


Pastor Tim