The PEOPLE WE PAY
AKA, 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.
INTERIM LITURGY, PREACHING, & LEADERSHIP MINISTER
IRIE has a D.Min. in “Transformational Leadership and Prophetic Preaching,” which is perhaps all you need to know. Her M.Div. is from Brite, which has recently named her Alumnus of the Year. Her newest ecclesial endeavor is The Gathering, a community that embodies radical welcome and celebrates womanist preaching. Irie has worked as a spiritual director for women exiting the sex trade; a judicatory pastor for her denomination; and a parole officer -- yeah, for real! She is a co-founder of POETIC, a trauma-therapy center and creative arts studio. And she is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker. (Check out this book, for example. Powerful.)
We could go on. But here’s the main thing: Irie and Katie have been walking the ministry path together for a couple of decades. The love and respect they have for each other is BIG. So while our Lead Evangelist is on Writing Leave for several months this year, we’re pleased to welcome Irie and hear her voice.
EVANGELIST FOR YOUNGSTERS & PUBLIC PROVOCATION
RYAN is a middle child, military brat, and pastor’s kid. With a bachelor’s degree in History and English Lit, Ryan has worked in higher ed, home health care, and event planning; and he spent two years as a cruise ship entertainer. He loves travel, high fantasy literature, and board games.
Ryan (re)joined Galileo after a year in LA in the XPLOR program. He’s passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and creating welcome, and he’s excited to encourage our kids in biblical education, inter-generational friendship, and inclusive everything.
In early 2018 Galileo Church was pleased to commission Ryan for ministry in cooperation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. What that means is, he’s listening to God’s call in his life; and that he wants us all to call him “Rev. Ryan.” We’ll try.
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.
CURRICULUM GURU, g-kids
Rev. Jennifer Dawson writes Galileo-specific curriculum for G-Kids as a gift to our church. She is a hope-speaking dream igniter who graduated from UNT. A teacher for years, she lately served as an administrator and curriculum specialist. Jennifer went to Brite Div. School and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. She pastors First Presbyterian Church Parsons, KS. Jennifer loves stirring up the waters of complacency by helping others to discover their own strengths, loves, and joys. She also really likes helping people to rethink Christian education because God is much bigger than we imagine.
LAURA, TYLER, ELEANOR, 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. Four of them are students at Brite Div. School; one (Jenny) has graduated! They work variously as chaplains, youth ministers, educators, 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.