Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Our missional priorities:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans.
2. We do kindness for people with mental illness and in emotional distress, and celebrate neurodiversity.
3. We do beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful.
4. We do real relationship, no bullshit, ever.

 

Spiritual care team

Wanna know more about how all these people work together? The Missional Logistics Team (MLT) and the Spiritual Care Team (SCT) are described here.

 
  FRANCINE SPEER

FRANCINE SPEER

SCT MEMBER

FRANCINE grew up in the DOC in Arlington. She went to Bethany College in West (By-God) Virginia. After getting her Political Science degree, she earned an M.Div. at Brite Div. School just in time to realize that full-time church pastor-ing was not her calling. But serving people through non-profit administration IS her calling, so she does that at Catholic Charities in Fort Worth.  She met Katie while soothing a distraught, partly undressed child under a table at a children's ministry event. She has happily hosted a group of lovely, inappropriate storytelling individuals in her home, and her pasta salad is quite famous. Francine has spent a lifetime practicing her faith and finds that  it all boils down to loving God and loving neighbor, even the punk neighbor who parks in your spot.

   MARILYN BYRUM

MARILYN BYRUM

SCT MEMBER

MARILYN is an AP English teacher at MHS, married to Chris, mom to Milena. She’a native FW-er with a master’s degree in education from Baylor. She used to be a dutiful Baptist pastor’s wife in a town of 351 people… and now mocks her thinking from that time period. She now has another master’s degree in theology, just because. Marilyn would love to be a park ranger, hiking every day, baking decadent desserts, and reading thrillers or mysteries in her down time.  In reality, she is passionate about helping emotionally distressed students and  teaching students to take stands on social justice issues. After feeling isolated in main-stream churches, she discovered Galileo when friends invited her. Marilyn is learning that God knows she is a person of dust, that self-care is a holy activity, that perfection is a trap, and legalism is a way of keeping the religious elite in power.

  MELINA WIKOFF

MELINA WIKOFF

SCT MEMBER

MELINA is a wife, mother of two exceptional young adults, and a therapist-in-training. Her kids are both at UT-Austin, and as she enters into this new “empty nest” season, she’s feeling anything but empty as she looks ahead with great expectation at the work that God is calling her to in caring for the world God loves. She loves singing karoake, especially of the disco variety; dessert of all kinds; and laughing out loud in appreciation of all joy that can be found in the world! When it comes to God, Melina has been challenged to bravely, and yet not without fear, step way out of her comfort zone to share the good news that God’s love is for everyone.

 

   ELISABETH MILLER

ELISABETH MILLER

SCT MEMBER

ELISABETH is an introverted observer of the world; a natural mediator; and self-professed conflict avoider. Becoming a parent has forced her to come out of her shell and grapple with all of the BIG issues. Elisabeth grew up in St. Louis, but has been in Texas for long enough to be fully committed to “y’all” and the Tex Mex at Chuy’s. Elisabeth is happiest when playing with her toddler, Lucy. She found Galileo by happenstance at the Mansfield Pickle Parade. Elisabeth came to Galileo after seeing our rainbow flag waving in all its glory down Main Street. She grew up in church and church-hopped for many years, but never felt at home...till now.

 

   CORI ANGELINO

CORI ANGELINO

SCT MEMBER

CORI is a wife, mom to four kids, recent-ish transplant from California to Texas, and someone who knows a little bit about a bunch of stuff. Her faith-life started in childhood where “if the doors were open, her family was in a pew,” but she always had questions the church wasn’t answering to her satisfaction.  After a winding path away from church, then into one that betrayed her trust, she found Galileo — a space when she could doubt and question and listen without speaking and not feel ashamed for any of it. Right now, Cori and God are chewing on the idea that God deserves (and demands) space in her day-to-day when she is so easily caught up in the here-and-now.

 

 

 

 

  DAVID GROGAN

DAVID GROGAN

SCT MEMBER

DAVID has his doctorate in music  performance (DMA)  from UNT, and teaches voice at UTA. (Can you say “Tenure!”?) He’s married to the amazing Kimberly Grogan, who (he says, though we would disagree) he doesn’t deserve. He has two wonderful children, Kat and Aaron,  who live in Denton with Kat’s wife, Nova. David has a strong tendency to see the best in people. He loves dogs, his family, teaching, singing, and the occasional gin and tonic. (Okay, more than occasional lately.) He despises bigotry, people who hurt those who he loves, and paperwork. Finding Galileo has been a Godsend in David’s life, and they are trying their hardest to return some of the love they have received from the beautiful people here. He’s trying to sort out the mysteries of faith, and happy to learn with and from his G-Group.