Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Our missional priorities:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans, and support the people who love them.
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.
5. We do whatever it takes to share this good news with the world God still loves.

Trying to find us IRL?
Mail here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth TX 76140
Worship here: 5860 I-20 service road, Fort Worth 76119, 5 pm Sundays

 

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 fiancée, 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. 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 a few 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. 

Jessica Ball

Jessica Ball

SECRETARY

JESSICA is a wife, mother, cook, maid, problem solver, database manager and a HR liaison. She has a wonderful husband – who is a rock star and her number 1 fan, and 2 amazing kids. As a family, they are enjoying life and the wonders of having a home in one place (almost 5 years people! A definite record for her!), after being a self-proclaimed gypsy for most of her adult life. Jessica grew up in church, and became a bit apathetic about the whole ‘church’ thing. Galileo has made her uncomfortable with complacency while providing comfort through guided growth, and challenged her to grow as a person. Since meeting the church body that is Galileo, Jessica has marveled over the happenings that occur when people get together to do life and question societal norms, and just try to get to the place together where God gets everything God wants.

JOSH BRIDGES

JOSH BRIDGES

ALL AROUND GOOD GUY

JOSH hasn’t told us what he’d like for this part of our website to say. But he probably will soon. We love him enough to wait.

MARK WIKOFF

MARK WIKOFF

barn boss

MARK’s pronouns are he/his/him. He’s married to Melina and has 2 kids. His older child came out as MTF transgender a few years ago, and his younger soon after. Both kids are in college. Mark 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.”

BRANDI GRIMSLEY

BRANDI GRIMSLEY

LADY JUSTICE 2

BRANDI went to school at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Now she’s a school teacher enjoying 20+ years in the profession! Woohoo! She’s lived in the South Arlington area for about a decade. She especially enjoys spring break, winter break, and summer break 😁! The great outdoors and coffee are her essentials, and she loves becoming totally absorbed in movies and binge watching shows which means more coffee: win win! Galileo means creating safe space where LGBTQ+ young adults can form a sense of community and help each other flourish, and Brandi wants to be part of that.

STEPHANIE HART

STEPHANIE HART

TREASURER’S BFF

STEPHANIE is a new-ish TX transplant. Married to her favorite human, Justin, for over a decade, and mom to three insanely talented boys: Muliye, Royce & Tadesse. Lover of the West Virginia mountains, Ethiopian food & Standard Poodles, she spends the majority of her time being a “soccer mom.” As a recovering fundagelical, she is finally getting past the guilt & expectations of the church that have been so heavy for so long. She’s so thankful to be able to continually learn how big God’s love really is.

CORINA SOSA

CORINA SOSA

PRESIDENT JUST PAST

CORINA has lived in Arlington for most of her life. They work for an app called Favor that basically lets them be their own boss. They just finished a B.A. in Theatre at UTA, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Corina was heavily involved with UTA’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance. You can find them protesting political BS, listening to podcasts, or geeking out within queer fandom. They grew up Catholic and have always known and loved God, but in the past few years struggled with what that meant along with being part of the LGBTQ+ community. They looked for a church where they didn’t have to snuff out a part of their identity, and loves breaking down norms of “traditional” church while still honoring tradition.

SAVANNAH VASQUEZ

SAVANNAH VASQUEZ

TECH ADVISOR

SAVANNAH grew up 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 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, embodying 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!”