Christiaan – Youth and Children’s Pastor

Hey! I’m Christiaan Funkhouser, the Youth and Children’s pastor at Shoal Creek Baptist Church. Send me an e-mail by clicking here.

Here’s a little about me:

Family: My dad is a formed hippie turned theological doctor, my mom is a retired schoolteacher and all around wonder woman. My sister is also a schoolteacher and her husband works in construction. I also have Leia – a smoll poodle.

Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Polytechnic State University. I originally started off in Architecture but that’s another story. I also earned a Master of Divinity specializing in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Background:  Homeschooled. Radio talk show host. Music DJ, Newspaper columnist. Had a nationally syndicated talk show host make fun of me on the radio. Founded and ran a marketing company. Lead marketing at a multinational corporation. Handled millions of dollars of assets as a purchasing analyst. Worked the retail circuit since 18.

In ministry: When I was a child the pastor raised me up like in the Lion King and prophesied over me that I would bring healing to my generation. My family has been part of all sorts of denominations from Baptist to Quaker. I’ve served in churches and ministries across the southeast and internationally doing everything from cleaning toilets and helping prevent gang fights to being a Children’s director. From leading six different youth bible studies a week to eating bugs to help illustrate John the Baptist’s diet.

Music: Five Iron Frenzy. VNV Nation. Avicii. Dan Romer. Keith Green. Larry Norman. John Williams. Alexandre Desplat. Lindsey Stirling. (There’s a lot across all genres a lot of EDM, except country).

Movies: The Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, and Hunger Games franchises. The 1977 Hobbit movie. Star Wars (the George Lucas canon and Rogue One). Shazaam!. Equilibrium. The Dark Tower. TV: Babylon 5. Psych. The Mandalorian. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Dr. Who (Doctors 1-12). Books: Lord of the Rings and Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien. A Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling. The Hunger Games (including A Balled of Songbirds and Snakes) – Susanne Collins.

Favorite quote:

Frodo Baggins: I can’t do this Sam.

Samwise Gamgee: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.

Frodo Baggins: What are we holding on to, Sam?

Samwise Gamgee: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

Favorite character: Boromir son of Denethor. Boromir was a valiant, strong, selfless, and the most human of all the fellowship. He screwed up. He made mistakes. But he made them in hopes of doing right. He ultimately sacrificed his life in his attempt to atone for his past mistakes.

Favorite scripture: “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18.

A few of my favorite things: (Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens…) Time off: writing my books, playing video games with friends, playing board games and more! Drink: Cheerwine. Food: Italian (specifically my 102 year old Grandma’s). Colors: Cobalt Blue (or Bone Black) Place: Someplace with technology, a table, and a comfy chair whether it be at the beach, in the mountains, or at a hotel downtown.