The PEOPLE WE PAY
a.k.a. our pastoral staff
KATIE went to M.I.T. before she moved on from engineering (which she was really terrible at, but really liked) to theology. She was educated for traditional church ministry at Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. She did traditional church ministry for almost 20 years. Galileo Church is her attempt to do something completely different, because she had an epiphany while sprawled on the floor of a Spring Creek BBQ. You can ask her about that when you meet her in person.
Katie has a husband of maaaaaaany years, Professor Lance Pape at Brite Divinity School, whom she has repeatedly asked to call her “Reverend Doctor.” And they have two kids, one in college (Lydia) and one in high school (Jack), who will make your life better just by knowing them.
Katie has learned to love it when God takes an unexpected hard left turn, tires squealing, seat belts locking, cars all around God honking in indignation. She imagines God shouting, “Buckle up, suckers!” every time God gets another one of us in God’s muscle car. Or does God drive a Subaru? She’s pretty sure it’s a Subaru.
STEPHANIE is originally from Houston and has been living in Mansfield since 2016. She got a B.A. in Music Business & Voice from Hardin-Simmons U., and subsequently realized her love for songwriting.
She teaches lessons in voice, guitar, piano, and violin (to name a few); and enjoys helping her students grow in their love of music. She loves when her students practice but especially loves when they discover something new about themselves through their art.
Besides owning too much denim, listening to Julien Baker (because, she swears, sad songs make her feel so much better), perfectly timing her rap airhorn sound effect app, and making delicious gluten-free mac and cheese, Stephanie is passionate about God’s love and justice for all in the world. She is excited to continue being a Repairer of the Breach alongside the unique and loving family that is Galileo.
DAVID grew up in Abilene (bless his heart!), and has a B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry from Lubbock Christian University (bless his heart!). He’s been working on a master’s degree while serving as a Children’s Minister in DFW for 3 years, while also driving deliveries in this fabulous gig economy (bless his heart!), and now he also enjoys a 9-to-5 doing something business-y and office-y. He enjoys sitting still (i.e. watching Netflix, listening to podcasts), moving around (i.e. backpacking while also listening to podcasts), and slaying hideous monsters (i.e. Dungeons and Dragons).
KELLEY is Sadie’s mom, and considers herself a fellow child of our amazing God. She grew up on a farm in the Texas panhandle, played saxophone in the marching band, competed on a junior rodeo circuit, and was a self-professed church camp nut. She grew up in the Disciples of Christ (DOC) tradition. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UT Dallas and is a math teacher in the Texas public school system. Kelley says she hopes the whole church can remember what it means to be young at heart, because we are all children of the God who loves us.
LAURA, TYLER, ASHLEY and JENNY (not pictured) are moving through the ordination process with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), sponsored by Galileo Church and several partner congregations. Three of them are students at Brite Div. School; one (Jenny) has graduated! They work variously as chaplains, associate pastors, and Etsy storekeepers. Talk to them to find out which is which! And pray along with them as they continue down the path toward God’s idea of their best future.