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,

Below is a parody of the Christmas season that comes from Bap5st Pastor Steve Smith.

And there were in the same country children keeping watch over their stockings by the fireplace. And lo! And was said unto them `Fear not, for behold, I bring you good 5dings of great joy that is for all people who can afford them.
For there will be given great feasts of turkey, dressing and cake; and many presents; and this shall be a sign unto you, ye shall find the presents, wrapped in bright paper, lying beneath a tree adorned with 5nsel, colored balls and lights.

And suddenly, there will be with you a mul5tude of rela5ves and friends, praising you and saying, `thank you so much, it was just what I wanted’. And it shall come to pass as the friends and rela5ves have gone their way to their own homes, the parents shall say to one another, What a mess to clean up! I’m 5red, let’s go to bed and pick it up tomorrow. Thank goodness, Christmas only comes once a year!’. And they go with haste to their cold bed and find their desired rest.”

Each year Christmas is celebrated, and yet many people never give a second thought as to why we have Christmas at all. They don’t understand that without Christ their Christmas is just “mas.”
God, because He loved the world so much: came into the world, put on human flesh, and he even started out the same way you and I did, yet far too many people don’t ever take the 5me to recognize this king — to bow down and worship him. Take the 5me this year and discover again the love that comes in human flesh for all who are willing to receive him.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Pastor Tim