Marco Funk

Manitoba Mennonite pastor convicted for videoing teens, suspended from ministry

In 2016, Dean “Marco” Funk pleaded guilty to two counts each of voyeurism and producing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The Winnipeg Sun reported:

Court heard Funk used a smart phone to record video of two teenage girls using the washroom at a Moose Lake cabin in 2012. That same year, he recorded video of two women using the washroom at another cabin. In March 2014, Funk secretly recorded three victims as they used a pool change room. Police arrested Funk later that year and during an examination of a church computer found he had viewed over 170 child pornography images. In a police interview following his arrest, Funk revealed in July 2012 he had also hidden a phone in the unisex washroom of an Altona pizza restaurant.

According to the newspaper, “one teenage victim wrote in a victim impact statement provided to court:”

I can no longer bear going to church. I fear I will never trust another church leader again. … I have questioned my faith and even felt God has abandoned me. What happened that day turned my life around in a matter of seconds.

The court sentenced Funk to 56 months in prison.

Funk served as pastor at Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church, a congregation in the Mennonite Church Manitoba conference of Mennonite Church Canada. Ken Warkentin, executive director of MC Manitoba, reportedly told Canadian Mennonite, “MC Manitoba is currently assisting this congregation. … Marco Funk, who was not ordained or credentialled with our conference, has been suspended from all ministerial duties.”

Church-related positions

  • Lead pastor of Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Gretna, Manitoba. Resigned June 2014.

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