Stephen Funk is a farmer in northern British Columbia. While serving as a member of a worship team in an energized community church, he became disillusioned with the traditional church system. Convinced that church could be done more authentically, without the religious requirements that can taint evangelical circles, he and his wife left the church and began a home group with a dozen or so like-minded people.
During that time, while fellowship with his community continued to be meaningful, the overwhelming sense that something had gone terribly wrong with formal Christianity besieged him. A trip to the Middle East, including the Holy Land, only seemed to heighten his disillusionment with over-idealized Christian religion.
In 2012, Stephen and his wife Cara moved across the country to Prince Edward Island for five months, in part to find relevance in the church. After making a few incredible connections, and having time to reflect on their purpose, they moved back to Northern B.C.
Back in B.C., Stephen joined a low-key church that some recent acquaintances were pastoring. The friendship grew, as their like-mindedness helped them to deal with their struggles with typical church ideologies. Stephen became a member of the church council and became involved with a contemplative community focused on Living From the Heart.
As time passed, Stephen began to ask a lot of questions about his faith. In an attempt to excavate some fragment of solidarity and clarify his own thoughts, he embarked on a mission to craft a novel that would trace his steps and extract the truth of what lay slumbering in the deepest parts of him. Midway through his project, he came to a standstill, unsure if he had the courage to endure the deconstruction of his soul, based on where his heart seemed to be pulling him.
During this time, Stephen was introduced to the work of Peter Rollins, an Irish philosopher and author of The Idolatry of God (among other great books). The work of Rollins resonated deeply with Stephen and gave a sort of confirmation to his own developing doubts and perspectives. This new feeling of freedom, unleashed him to complete the work on his novel.
His first book, The Art of Believing in God, is one possible story, and closely connected to his own, of how an ordinary person of faith moves from the religious outworking of a Christian life, to the philosophical questioning of one the greatest religious movements on earth.