Who I Am

Healthy Pastors

Healthy Churches

I’m passionate about encouraging pastors to pursue personal and professional health so that they can lead and grow healthy, life-giving churches.
My desire is to work alongside pastors and churches to help shape their ministries and develop the structures necessary for implementing their stated goals and visions for maximum kingdom impact and regional influence.
I love to serve, equip and inspire pastors and their leadership teams by offering fresh insight, detailed strategy, renewed passion and specific plans for improved health so they can effectively implement their visions and their church members can prosper and mature.

Ed Funderburk

Born in Tennessee, raised in north Louisiana and having lived most of his adult life in Texas, Ed has served on the pastoral team of five churches during the past 36 years. In those churches, he has held various pastoral positions including youth pastor, worship pastor, single adult pastor, adult education pastor, ministry staff pastor, ministry administration pastor and executive pastor.
For over 14 years, Ed served on the pastoral team at Gateway Church. During his time there, Ed helped put in place many structures and processes to accommodate Gateway’s dynamic growth. His primary assignment at Gateway was overseeing a nationwide ministry to pastors and churches, which offered quarterly seminars and an annual conference for thousands of pastors and church leaders.
Ed frequently ministers in churches throughout the nation. In the past 15 years, he has consulted over 300 churches on-site. He’s served churches of all sizes and denominations – both charismatic & traditional – church plants as well as established churches. Ed has experience assisting churches in all situations – whether a church is growing dynamically, plateaued in its growth, or in steep decline.
An avid and loyal sports fan, Ed cheers for the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers, Tennessee Volunteers and Marquette Golden Eagles.
Married for 30 years, Ed and Bethani have two amazing adult sons. Their older son, Josiah, is husband to Jenna and father to Evelyn (the world’s first perfect grandbaby) and Charlie, who is pretty special as well. Josiah is an Associate Pastor with Gateway Worship. He is a gifted songwriter with strong administrative and leadership abilities. Their younger son, Levi, is a talented videographer who works for the city of Fort Worth and also works freelance all over the nation.
Bethani is available to travel and assist in consultations or coaching conversations when desired. An excellent listener, confidant, and counselor, Bethani is experienced and available to assist pastors’ wives with the unique challenges that accompany life in ministry.

Bethani Funderburk

Born and raised in north Louisiana, Bethani grew up attending church every time the doors were open. Her passion for teaching the Bible began while she was still in high school. After college, she met and married Ed and worked alongside him in youth ministry for several years.
Bethani has served in many roles over the past 30 years and considers her role as mother to Josiah and Levi to be the greatest investment of her time. In addition to homeschooling them for 12 years, she enjoyed leading small groups, training small group leaders, planning pastors’ wives events, facilitating relationships among pastors’ wives, speaking at women’s events, and leading a weekly Bible study for 200 young women.
Combining her quick sense of humor with her unique insight into God’s Word, Bethani loves to share with others how simple and rewarding a relationship with Jesus can be. The rich depth of God-centered friendships with other women throughout her life drives one of the deepest desires of her heart: for all women to feel connected to God and to each other so that they can experience the blessings of true Christian community.
Having raised two boys, Bethani’s favorite new hobby is discovering the world again through the eyes of her grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, decorating and spending quality time with her close friends.
Married for 30 years, Ed and Bethani have two amazing adult sons. Their older son, Josiah, is husband to Jenna and father to Evelyn (the world’s first perfect grandbaby) and Charlie, who is pretty special as well. Josiah is an Associate Pastor with Gateway Worship. He is a gifted songwriter with strong administrative and leadership abilities. Their younger son, Levi, is a talented videographer who works for the city of Fort Worth and also works freelance all over the nation.
Access to Conversations with Bethani is included in all Coaching packages. An excellent listener, confidant, and counselor, Bethani is experienced and available to assist pastors’ wives with the unique challenges that accompany life in ministry.