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.

 

MISSIONAL LOGISTICS 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.

 
  REMI OWENS

REMI OWENS

PRESIDENT &
LEAD CONSPIRATOR

REMI is a student at Texas Christian University, majoring is History and Religion, on their way to an M.Div. for full-time ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On Sundays, their family fills nearly a whole row: their girlfriend, Nathan the cellist; their awesome Mom Jeana; their sister Libby; and Libby’s boyfriend Connor. Sometimes there’s one brother or another in there, too. Remi‘s “real” job is at a law firm. At TCU, they are researching ways in which Christianity has been used to justify empirical violence, from the Roman Empire to the Jewish Holocaust. They are struggling to reconcile this history with their own faith in God the Liberator, on the side of the oppressed and the marginalized. How do we build a Christianity on that? 

  ANDREA   GWARTNEY

ANDREA GWARTNEY

treasurer

ANDREA’s pronouns are she/her/hers. (Say Ahn-DRAY-uh.) She has been married to Warren for 22 years, and they have four kids: Hayley, Sophia, Ella and Ethan. She has a math and science brain that corresponds with her nursing degrees; and an artsy brain that makes her useful at web and graphic design and a master of any type of craft. While she’s at it, you can always find her plugged into an audiobook. She moved to Texas three years ago and found Galileo amidst a lot of spiritual confusion. Andrea experienced indifference toward religion in the past, but her eyes are now open to the beauty it can provide without being harmful. Her faith and spirituality continue to grow in this new community she has found. 

  ASTREIA YATES

ASTREIA YATES

SECRETARY

ASTREIA is a (often tired) wife, mom of 2 teens and a preteen, teacher, grad student. Also: super self-critical, easily overwhelmed, crafting realist. She has no time for foolishness or coddling. (If that sounds mean, it’s because she’s more honest these days.) She loves alpacas! Seriously, the most perfect animal to walk the planet. Also: food, antique stores, traveling, and wondering how I can feel alone in a room full of people she loves. When it comes to God, Astreia says: “I’ve been confused and angry. I’m at a crossroads between what I accepted blindly early in my faith and now truly thinking about whether what I thought is actually true, and where does that exactly leave God in the grand scheme of my life? If people are the hands and feet of Jesus, then I've found a place where at least I feel hopeful again in a world that is imploding.”

  CORINA SOSA

CORINA SOSA

PRESIDENT JUST PAST

CORINA has lived in Arlington for most of her life. She works for an app called Favor that basically lets her be her own boss. She is currently enrolled at UTA, working towards a B.A. in Theatre, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and plans to graduate December 2018. She is heavily involved with her campus's Gender and Sexuality Alliance. When not focused on school or work, she may be protesting political BS, listening to podcasts, or geeking out within queer fandom. She grew up Catholic and has always known and loved God, but in the past few years struggled with what that meant along with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. She looked for a church where she didn’t have to snuff out a part of her identity, and loves breaking down norms of “traditional” church while still honoring tradition.

  MARK WIKOFF

MARK WIKOFF

barn boss

MARK’s pronouns are he/his/him. He’s married to Melina (see this same page, later) and has 2 kids. His oldest came out as MTF transgender about 2 years ago. Both kids are attending UT Austin. He loves to work with his hands and be creative. He actually says: “Being Barn Boss for Galileo Church has allowed me to do more of what I love to do.” God has thrown some incredible curve balls Mark’s way in the past couple of years, which has completely challenged his theological thinking in so may ways.  Those certainties that propped up his faith are falling away. His conservative worldview has been tossed aside and he is seeing the world through a different lens. He’s eager to see what’s next!

  KIERAN YATES

KIERAN YATES

YOUTH ADVISOR

KIERAN'S pronouns are he/him/his. He’s a quirky, ambiverted (look it up!) high schooler who loves his music, his ink pens, and his video games way too much. In all these ways and more, Kieran strives to do beauty for our God who is beautiful. He wants to help others find themselves while doing it.

  MISSY HOLTMAN

MISSY HOLTMAN

LADY JUSTICE

MISSY is a recent transplant to Texas, but has always lived in the South. “It’s a long story,” she says. She is a teacher and a learner; and her favorite things are books, making music, gardening, photography, and history. Missy strongly believes that we need to understand history in order to even begin to get a handle on the present. “I am forever seeking justice and an understanding of just what justice is.” Missy found Galileo through a sign at a booth that said “We Seek Spiritual Refugees.” “That’s me," she says. "I found out that I’m not alone. I don't even know what God is up to with me. All I know is that it should be interesting.  And there will be stories to tell later.”

  SAVANNAH VASQUEZ

SAVANNAH VASQUEZ

TECH ADVISOR

SAVANNAH grew up in and still lives in Mansfield. She attends Tarrant County College with plans to go to UTA to pursue a degree in Film/Video. She works in creative media and is a worship leader for a church that meets on Sunday mornings. Despite being an INFP/Type 9/introverted wallflower, Savannah cares deeply for others and will be the first one to run to your aid with a bandage, a big hug, or a quick pun to cheer you up. She’s a mixed-pattern-wearing optimist, camera geek, middle sister, dog lover, wannabe barista, and overly obsessed recycler. She is constantly surprised by God’s grace, and the call for us to be a part of that. She believes the church can be an authentic family, coming together to be the embodiment of God’s love in the world.  

  KIMBERLY GROGAN

KIMBERLY GROGAN

JOY ADVISOR

KIM is a Mama Bear parent, friend, ally, wife, realtor and kayaking hobbyist! She’s married to her favorite human in the world, David (see this page later) and has 3 fabulous kids, 2 by birth, 1 by choice. She loves her dog Buster (all animals really), good ’80s music, burning anything (she might have a problem), her 1966 Ford truck, and dreaming she’s in Colorado, listening to her husband sing. When it comes to God, she’s been expanding and opening her mind to new things that sometimes seem too good to be true. She finds herself saying, “Yes, why didn’t I see this before? So much wasted time worrying about all the wrong things. My eyes are open and my heart is bursting!”