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
I pray that your summer has gotten off to a good and refreshing start. Since that is just one of the many prayers I offer for you, I thought appropriate to preach on the subject or prayer. Starting Sunday, July 23 and running up to Labor Day weekend, I will offer a series of messages on prayer. It is a vital spiritual discipline. Without it our relationship with God suffers.
As a way to prepare, I encourage you to search the Bible for passages pertaining to the subject in order to discover on your own the truth about prayer. Adding what you discover with what I share in my sermons should give you a deeper understanding of this vital spiritual discipline.
To help identify some Scriptures you can study read this brief article by Warren E. Berkley entitled, “Why I Pray.” I pray because I believe God listens. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5: 14).
I pray because God has told me that He cares and is able to help. “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you …,” (1 Peter. 5: 7; also Luke. 12: 6,7 & Hebrews 4:16).
I pray because I lack wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him,” (James. 1: 5).
I pray because my Savior said I aught to pray. “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,” (Lk. 18:1).
I pray because I’m thankful for all the good things God has given. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,” (Phil. 4: 6; see also, Col. 4: 2; 1 Thess. 5:16-18).
I pray because I need pardon. “My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” (1 John 2:1; see also Acts 8: 22 & Psalm 51:1-9).
I pray because I adore and love my Father. “In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name’,” (Matt. 6: 9).
I pray because I’ve read so many accounts of people who prayed to God with great results. “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:17,18). “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,” (James. 5:16).
There are even more Scriptures pertaining to prayer. Search them out this summer as we all study prayer and learn how to deepen our communication with God.