Chris and Megan Funkhouser
Teaching Pastor and elder Chris Funkhouser has worked in various ministry roles for the last fifteen years, pastoring for eight years. His passion is for God’s authoritative Word to be taught and lived out in the context of loving and caring relationships.
Chris and his family moved to Collinsville early in 2011 to plant Pathway Church with the Bethel Network. Chris and the leaders of Pathway desire the church to be a place where the gospel is preached boldly leading to the salvation of the lost and the maturing of Christ followers. Pathway strives to be a safe place for all people to seek Jesus Christ as we depend upon one another in close relationships. In fact, “Our goal is to make maturing disciples for the glory of God, through the Word of Christ and the Spirit that are: living for God, living in community, and living on mission.”
Chris is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the School of Theology. He attained a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry. Chris also completed a Bachelor’s degree at Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chris served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Zeigler, IL. He also pastored Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Lodiburg, KY while completing his seminary education. Chris and his wife Megan, have also served at Ninth & O Baptist Church, Louisville KY; First Baptist Church, New Orleans LA; First Baptist Church, Eldorado IL; and College Heights Baptist Church, Eldorado IL.
Megan has worked in children’s ministry, music ministry, youth ministry and women’s ministry in various roles. Her most important role of ministry is to their growing family.
Chris and Megan have been married for 12 years and were both raised in Illinois.
They have three children, two girls and a boy. Joselyn is the oldest at six years old, Anison the middle child is five years old, and Blaine is the baby at 2 years old.
The Funkhouser’s love Cardinal baseball and spending time with family & friends. Chris enjoys reading, working with his hands, golfing(when he can find the time). Megan is a budding photographer and finds great joy in snapping the right shot.
Don, Julia, Zeke, Grace and Nemo
Don and Julia Arndt
Don Arndt was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 2004 and has ministered as a worship leader, bible study teacher, youth director, Royal Ambassadors missions leader, Upward sports and has served in many choirs and worship teams. He has also coached high school football and track. Don graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Dec 2013. Don serves as worship leader and elder at Pathway. He also works as a school bus driver for the Collinsville School District. He has coached Khoury league baseball in Collinsville
Don’s wife, Julia, also has served in various ministries such as Girls in Action Missions group, women’s ministries, children and adult choirs, and as a piano accompanist for congregational worship. Julia spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom and currently enjoys her job as a physical therapist.
Don and Julia met in high school and grew up in the two small towns of Fillmore and Nokomis, both located in Montgomery County in central Illinois.
As children, Don and Julia first learned of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ at Fillmore Baptist Church of Fillmore, Illinois and First Baptist Church of Nokomis, Illinois.
Since they married in 1995, Don and Julia have enjoyed and grown in sweet fellowship with Smith Grove Baptist Church of Greenville, Illinois; White Hall Baptist Church of Richmond, Kentucky; Fellowship Baptist Church of Berea, Kentucky; Victory Memorial Baptist and Cedar Creek Baptist Churches of Louisville, Kentucky; and First Baptist Church of Vandalia, Illinois.
Don and Julia have three children: Ezekiel (16), Grace (14), and Nehemiah (12). Ezekiel (“Zeke”) enjoys playing video games, comic books, and riding his bike to the library. Grace spends her time reading, listening to music, and loves to cook and babysit. Nehemiah (“Nemo”) loves reading, building with Legos, and playing baseball.
The Arndt family also enjoys playing games, watching Cardinal baseball and romping with their ever-friendly dog Maddy.
It is their desire to see the members of Pathway worship God with their whole lives and to see the Kingdom of God grow in Collinsville.