Meet Our Pastor
Filmore Strunk was born in Greensburg, Indiana. His father was a Baptist pastor and his mother was a Christian educator. His earliest years tracked his father’s movement from Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and when Filmore was seven (1959), to Memphis, Tennessee. It was here that he made a profession of faith and was baptized.
The family moved to Alcoa, Tennessee in 1965. Filmore spent his High School years here, graduating Alcoa High School in 1970. In the Fall of 1970 he entered Carson-Newman College, attended there three years and finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BS in Art Education. The early and mid 70s were years when he wandered from the faith, made some wrong decisions, and thereby relearned his need of God.
In 1979 Filmore recommitted his life to Christ and discovered the Episcopal Church. He was confirmed at Saint John’s Cathedral in Knoxville and served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth worker and Vestryman. It was also in 1979 that Filmore met the love of his life, Sandy Jenkins, whom he married in 1980. His son Asher was born in Knoxville in 1983.
Filmore was quite successful in business. He was a plant man, specializing in commercial interior plantscape installation and maintainance. Even though his career was blooming, he began to have a nagging sense that God was calling him to the priesthood. At first he kept this new line of discernment to himself. When several other people at St. John’s approached him and urged him to investigate going into the priesthood, he began the discernment process in earnest, first within the parish, and then with the diocese.
In 1985 Filmore and a pregnant Sandy moved to Alexandria Virginia where Filmore entered Virginia Theological Seminary. Hannah was born on December 22, 1985. At VTS Filmore experienced the Holy Spirit in a dramatic way. From then on he desired to see others discover the transforming love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Filmore graduated in May of 1988 with an M.Div., was ordained to the Diaconate in June and was immediately installed as Deacon-in-Charge at St. Matthew’s Mission in Dayton Tennessee. He was ordained to the priesthood in January of 1989.
His years at this rural church were happy ones. The church grew in discipleship, in numbers and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In 1994 Filmore accepted a call to be Rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte NC. This church also grew. When the existing campus could no longer accommodate the growing numbers, Filmore and the leadership led the church in a campus relocation and building program.
Filmore left the Episcopal Church in 2007, becoming the first Rector of All Saints Anglican Church. He is excited that he can proclaim the Good News of Jesus in a Church that affirms the truth of the Gospel- the newly formed Anglican Church of North America. He is also expectant that God will bless this new congregation in this new denomination, knowing that God, who loves us, is faithful.
Filmore lives with Sandy and his elderly mother in Weddington. He enjoys fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, music, humor, camping, gardening, cooking, reading and croquet.