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Tim Wheeler

Pastor, Elder

My Background

Tim hails from many points east of Carlisle. He was raised in the Far East, Japan specifically, where his parents were missionaries with TEAM. He finished High School in Wheaton, IL and attended Moody Bible Institute before completing his BA in History from Loyola University of Chicago. He taught Junior High Social Studies for three years before the Lord took him to Grace Theological Seminary for an MDiv degree. During and after seminary, Tim served as pastor in two different churches in the greater Fort Wayne, IN area. For the last 8 years Tim has worked for Celtic Hospice & Healthcare as a Chaplain and in other capacities.

In 2006 Mary and I moved to Carlisle with our two youngest daughters. We didn’t think at that time that we would ever serve in a church again..but the Lord always has a plan, even if we don’t have a clue!

The Lord has walked with us through some dark times in our lives, but through all of them He has been changing us and shaping us to become what He wants us to be.

You see, several years ago I found my life and my marriage falling apart because I didn’t really understand all that it meant to really know the Lord and follow Him. I had found my identity more in what I did than what God had done for me and in me. As a result, like everyone else I found myself looking for that inner satisfaction that always seemed to be just out of reach. In the end I settled for some really poor choices that were sinful, self-centered and hurtful to many.

Despite my failures, the Lord has had amazing love and mercy on me. While I’ve suffered the discipline of a loving Father, He has made it clear that He still has work for me to do. Now I find that I want nothing more than to share with others the greatness of a forgiver God who loves to give second chances to those who come to Him with empty hands and a broken, humble heart.

It should be no surprise then that here at Resonate our passion is to make much of Jesus Christ by leading others to the delight and satisfaction of true life in Him. After all, it’s not just something that sounds good, but it’s what I’ve experienced and it’s what I want you to experience too!


What’s your favorite food?

An all-beef, well done, properly constructed hamburger.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Carlisle?

The North Hanover Grill.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Underdog…are there any others?

How many countries have you visited?

Well, most recently, in the spring of 2017 I finally fulfilled a promise to Mary and took to eastern Europe to visit the village that her paternal Grandmother, Baba Barna grew up in, Osadne, Slovakia. While in Europe we were in Italy for several days and also spent time in the Czech Republic.

I also grew up in Japan and have been to Canada on vacation and stopped in the Bahamas once. I’ve also had the privilege of teaching Pastors in various cities across eastern China, as well in Benin, Niger and Mali in west Africa.

The Rusyn Bear in Osadne

Where did you and Mary meet?

In Sunday school at Oak Park Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL during college.

Do you have any hobbies?

Coffee and my motorcycle!

What is your biggest fear?

That I have wasted time in my life, failing to accomplish all I could have in the service of my Savior, my Treasure, my King…Jesus.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17