James Funari

Journey Church, Maine
Lead Church Planter
Hampden Maine
Journey Church
December 31

About My Family

I am the planter and lead pastor of Journey Church. I am originally from Easton, Pa., where I was raised in the church. It wasn’t until many years later while working as an associate pastor in Bangor, Maine, I felt the call to plant a church. Prior to that, I served as the children’s pastor and campus pastor for the Rock Church.

I have a desire to see people give their lives to Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. I am a passionate communicator who loves to teach the Bible and watch people fall more in love with Jesus.

Tanya and I have been married for almost 14 years. We have three beautiful daughters: Isabella, Sophia and Giuliana.

About My Church Plant

People are busy. Life is busy. We don’t want the church to consume their time. We want the message of Jesus to consume their lives. We never want the church to get in the way of people encountering the life-changing message of Jesus. We want to remove every roadblock—to make it hard for the people in Greater Bangor to go to hell, by making it easy for them to go to church.

We have come together to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating an irresistible church where unchurched people love to attend.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at namb.net/send-me.


For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


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Fund ID: 8DIZ5A-Funari,James