Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Weekly worship, Sundays at 5 p.m.
at the Big Red Barn
5860 Interstate 20 service road
Fort Worth 76119
(use the zip code in your GPS for accuracy)

Mail comes here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth, TX 76140

Contact us: 817-773-3147 | info@galileochurch.org

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.

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


KATIE
lead evangelist

KATIE Hays

KATIE Hays

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 teenaged kids, Lydia and Jack, who will make your life better just by knowing them.

Katie is learning 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 saying, “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.


PAUL
WORSHIP ARCHITECT & LEADER

PAUL Demer

PAUL Demer

PAUL learned to worship in the cherub choir at his home church in Hurst. At Galileo Church he has found a wonderfully real (church) home away from home. In addition to leading worship at Galileo and beyond, Paul works for Texas Winds Musical Outreach (texaswinds.org), a 30-year-old Dallas non-profit that sends him to lead sing-alongs at nursing homes, hospitals, and specialized care facilities all over the DFW area. To date, he’s led over 360 “campfire sing-alongs” for Texas Winds.

Paul spends the rest of his time driving around in a kale green Kia Soul sharing his original music with anybody who will listen (and many who don’t). Maybe All is Not Lost, written for and with Galileo Church, is his second full-length album. Paul says, "I'm daily more aware of my own not-knowing, and all the more a fool for Christ." pauldemer.com.


RYAN
youngster czar

RYAN Felber

RYAN Felber

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)joins 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. 


KELLEY
kid wrangler

KELLEY Whaley

KELLEY Whaley

KELLEY is Sadie’s mom, and considers herself a fellow child of our amazing God. She drives for Uber for the flexibility and fun. Kelley 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 most recently worked as 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.


JENNY
GRASSHOPPER (INTERN)

JENNY Jacobson

JENNY Jacobson

JENNY is a 3rd year MDiv student at Brite Divinity, finally finishing up a degree program begun long ago at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. A divorced mom of four and grandmother of eight, she is  crazy about Shakespeare and Texas Rangers Baseball. She has been an opera singer, ski instructor, and Starbucks coffee master and manager.  She has always dreamed big and not shied away from asking the difficult or unconventional, even fanciful questions, and believes that sharing God's unconditional welcome is our work as the Church. Together we do justice and  kindness and walk humbly with the One whose love is real, whose love is worth it, and whose love is for all. Jenny is also a member of our Care and Feeding Team, shepherding a G-group in Far North (of) Dallas.


JAY
grasshopper (intern)

JAY Fuller

JAY Fuller

JAY is completing his final year at Brite Divinity School. In his prior existence, Jay earned a BA in mathematics from Columbia University, and his eccentric obsession with mathematical philosophies led him into a mystical Pythagorean M-hole. Eventually, he found his way out and became an actuary, calculating probabilities of death, disease, and destruction (you know, the grimmer aspects of our lived experience). He felt a Divine lure urging him to put down his calculator and seek out Job, not to collect his premium or to pay his claims, but to sit with him and listen. Jay has served as a chaplain intern at Parkland hospital in Dallas. He lives with his partner, Jim, and their two cats, Franny and Zooey. He is a Member in Discernment with the United Church of Christ, where they believe God is still speaking! 


KAYTEE B
CO-PRESIDENTE Uno,
missional logistics team

KAYTEE Bates and Baby CC, for extra credit

KAYTEE Bates and Baby CC, for extra credit

KAYTEE B. (who needs the last initial to differentiate her from the other Katie) hails from the Great White North, Washington State (the side that doesn’t rain all the time); and currently lives in Mansfield with her husband Kyle and their kids CC and Bryson. She loves furry creatures, beer, sports, books, and being a mom — the novelty hasn't worn off yet). She is trying to figure out why, no matter how many times she drifts away, it feels so important to be figuring out what God wants out of this world. She just wants to be part of whatever that may be, and to make sure that her daughter’s generation has the chance to experience the radical welcome of Jesus.


Nathan
CO-PRESIDENTE dos,
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM

NATHAN Berry

NATHAN Berry

NATHAN is a composer and cellist from Fort Worth studying music composition at TCU. She loves music, all kinds–especially U2 and Mary Lambert; TV shows (current obsessions are Orphan Black and Jessica Jones); and spending time with friends, "an amazing source of love and encouragement." Nathan is especially passionate about topics relating to gender identity and God's unabashed love for people of all identities; an interest that has brought her a greater understanding of her own gender identity during her time at Galileo. In addition to her work on the MLT, Nathan is also our musical consigliere on cello, adding yummy cello richness to our worship about once a month.


Allison
secretary,
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM

ALLISON Justus-Smith

ALLISON Justus-Smith

ALLISON was born and raised in Fort Worth with a 6 year hiatus on the East coast for college and graduate school. She holds a masters degree in Ancient Art History, though these days she works for a large technology firm. She married the love of her life, Cammie, and they welcomed their first child, Birch, in February of 2015. They have 3 sweet dogs and one large Belgian draft horse. Allison grew up in the DoC, the granddaughter of a DoC minister. But her faith has been deeply informed by the study of ancient religions, in particular medieval illuminated manuscripts. 


SUSAN
TREASURER,
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM

SUSAN Chiasson

SUSAN Chiasson

SUSAN moved to Texas 32 years ago, having tried out DE, WV, MD, UT, CT, NY, MA, IL, and both ends of PA.  Her family consists of husband Charlie, kids Christopher and Melissa, with an opening for the position of Family Dog. She officially does qualitative social science research, but what she really likes to talk about is Lego Serious Play. Susan found DoC by way of a crusty neighbor who wouldn't put up with crap and went to a DoC church. She understands God to be an endlessly creative being, miracles and mutations and new things a part of it, with her job being to help those creations flourish. www.poweredbyplay.net


MALCOLM
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM MEMBER

MALCOLM Branch

MALCOLM Branch

MALCOLM is best understood in his own voice. “Hi, um, erm... Uh, I am from a small town in North Texas called Leonard. I currently live in Arlington where I am studying Aerospace Engineering at UTA (editors. note: since the writing of this bio, Malcolm has since graduated!), and I work in Plano as a drafting technician for a land surveying company. I prefer cats to dogs; overcast, or even rain, to super-duper sunshine; and *cough* whiskey *cough* is my alcohol of choice. As far as my faith is concerned, I’m just trying to figure out what God wants from me and how I can do that better. Oh, and my name, um, I am Malcolm Branch.” We should also mention that Malcolm is married, kinda recently, to Lacey Branch. Whom we adore almost as much as Malcolm does.


AISLING
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM MEMBER

AISLING Jones

AISLING Jones

AISLING comes from a large Irish Catholic family; she moved a lot growing up, but has been in Texas the longest. Married nearly as long as she's been in Texas, she has five kids ranging from 8 to 17 years, and spends most of her time keeping up with them, the house, the dog, and her husband. She loves babies, reading, writing, knitting, coffee, and baking. Aisling thinks God is so much bigger than the boxes people try to fit God into, and is fascinated by how everything was made to work together, but wishes guidelines for living were more clear. Since they aren't, like everyone else in this world, she is stumbling through her sometimes messy life, sometimes doubting everything, and always grateful for God's grace and love.


CORINA
membER,
MISSIONAL LOGISTICS TEAM

CORINA Sosa

CORINA Sosa

CORINA has lived in Arlington for most of her life (she moved there from San Antonio when she was almost two). She works for an app called Favor that basically let's her be her own boss as to when she works. She is currently enrolled at UTA where she is majoring in theatre. Her hobbies include dancing, watching YouTube videos, hanging out with friends, and social media. 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 LGBT+ community. She looked for a church where she didn't feel like she would have to snuff out a part of her identity. She loves being a part of Galileo, breaking down the norms of "traditional church" while still being traditional in its own way. 


MISSY
care and feeding team MEMBER

MISSY Holtman

MISSY Holtman

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.”


TRAVIS
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

TRAVIS Weber

TRAVIS Weber

TRAVIS earned his BA at Pepperdine University and his M.Div. at Yale Divinity School. He volunteered with a rape crisis center in Connecticut, coordinated student chaplaincy on a university campus in California, and served two years in the Peace Corps among Amerindians in South America. He continues his pastoral work as a hospital chaplain in Fort Worth. His Ph.D. research at TCU focuses on sexualized violence and gender, and his specialty is helping people through their deepest hurts. Travis and his spouse Harmony have a baby daughter, Elora, and he wants the world to love her for whoever she turns out to be.


FRANCINE
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

FRANCINE Speer

FRANCINE Speer

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 enrolled at Brite Divinity School at TCU and earned an M.Div. 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 is a non-profit administrator 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.  Katie asked her shortly thereafter to be a Galilean. Francine said yes! She is happy to host 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.


KYLE
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

KYLE Moeller

KYLE Moeller

KYLE is a native Texan, though he spent parts of his childhood in IL, MA, and ME. He is an RN at a busy emergency department in Dallas and hopes to begin his master's degree in nursing education next year. He found Galileo during a spiritual drought in 2013, and after months of Facebook stalking he finally showed up and never left. He is passionate about the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the church and has traveled to numerous conferences on inclusion for Galileo. His understanding of Who God is has grown tremendously, and he often finds God where he least expects to. Sometimes too sassy for his own good, Kyle actually does have the utmost regard for all people and he values each unique individual story, knowing they all belong to the Sacred. Kyle has previously served as Secretary and Treasurer for Galileo Church, before transitioning to the Care and Feeding Team. (Oh, and he loves Amy Grant. Just sayin'.)


ROS
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

ROS Evans

ROS Evans

ROS earned her BSW and MSW at the University of Oklahoma. She worked in the OKC public schools with youth at risk in areas of poverty, delinquency, truancy, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. Her Ph.D. research at UTA focuses on LGBTQA topics, with an emphasis on youth and young adults at risk, resilience, and empowerment. Through her research she hopes to establish welcoming environments for LGBTQA people seeking services. She loves Ninja Turtles, which prompted her to bring him a pet turtle named Sirena, or "mermaid" in Spanish.  Ros’ passion provides her the courage and strength to advocate for acceptance and understanding for the LGBTQA community.


AARON
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

AARON Burk

AARON Burk

AARON earned his M.Div. from Abilene Christian University, where he met his wife Andrea. Together they have two children, an MTF trans daughter named Elaina and her younger brother Dylan. Before coming to Galileo they were church planters in Burkina Faso, west Africa, for ten years. Aaron is now a hospice chaplain. He likes to pretend he knows how to play the guitar (sometimes he pretends he's Bob Dylan); he admits to being a bit too opinionated about his politics; and he loves the Dallas Cowboys way much more than they deserve. Aaron found Galileo when looking for a place that he could imagine he and ALL of his family being their true selves without hiding parts he knew weren't wrong but that he knew equally well would have to be left in the parking lot if he went into any other church near him. He loves to provide hospitable listening ears and prayers for ALL who might need those things.


HARMONY
CARE AND FEEDING TEAM MEMBER

HARMONY Weber

HARMONY Weber

HARMONY was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has a BA from Pepperdine U. in Elementary Education and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She taught elementary school until she could no longer deny God's call to ministry. She did youth ministry in California, and is now a hospital chaplain at JPS Hospitality in Fort Worth. However, her favorite job ever was as a Peace Corps volunteer, along with her spouse Travis, in South America. Their daughter Elora fills their lives with giggles and dancing. Harmony's favorite food is ice cream, so of course there was an ice cream cake at her wedding (of which she still laments she did not get a single bite). Ministering to the marginalized is a passion for Harmony, and she looks forward to the ways in which God will continue using her to share God’s love.

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