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our leadership team

Nick Vipperman

Senior Minister

Brian LaRue

Youth and Young Adults Minister

Christy Maynard

Executive Administrator and Kid's Director

Brennon Touchet

Discipleship Minister

Anna Schill

Worship Ministry Director and Nursery Coordinator

Ashley Cashwell

Communications and Connections Director

Blake Ehl

Youth Minister

Makayla Daugherty

Administrative Assistant

Kai Barton

Media and Production Coordinator

Patty Kimmel

Financial Secretary

Rich Lindauer


Jessica Wheeler

Preschool Director

Tom Plank

Minister Emeritus

Who We Are & What We Believe

About The Nature Of God

God is one in three persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God sent His son, Jesus to save this world from sin.

About Salvation

Jesus lived the perfect life we could not live and died the sacrificial death we could not die to save us from our sin.

To accept the free gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit which Jesus has earned for us, by faith, we must believe that Jesus is the son of God, repent of our sin, be immersed into the name of Jesus and rise up a new person, saved from sin, to live a new life of faith in Him.


Our Church is a part of the “Restoration Movement.” The Restoration Movement’s goal is to simply do what the Bible says and live out our faith in the most Biblically authentic way possible.

We believe that the Bible is inerrant in its original manuscripts and we believe that the Bible we have today accurately represents that inerrancy for its complete authority in our lives.

We approach matters of doctrine within the Body of Christ with the motto of: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, but in all things love.

Who We Seek

We seek the same people Jesus sought — everyone. We will welcome anyone who comes in peace to worship with us. While Church membership at Galilee is offered conditionally upon agreeing to the core doctrinal principles that we uphold, all are invited to join us in growing and learning more about God, regardless of their background or struggles with sin.


Welcome to the History of Galilee Church.

Witness our progress, our determination and God's work within our church and community.

Summer Of 1870

About a dozen men and women met together in the small community of Galilee to establish a church. This community already consisted of a school, a doctor’s office, a general store, a grist mill and a cotton gin. Now a church would make this little village complete.

Phillip F. Lamar

Phillip F. Lamar, originally from Macon, Georgia, had already established a number of new congregations in the northeast Georgia area. He and his brother, James S. Lamar, were known as the “Great Evangelists”. Galilee would be the last church that he would establish as he would die in 1878 and would be buried in the Galilee church cemetery.

John Lewis Elder

John Lewis Elder donated an acre of land and with the help of the local men, trees were cut down and hewn into timbers that formed the framework of this small church building. The lumber for the inside of the building was hand-planed and the outside was covered with weather boarding painted white.

Two Front Doors

Two front doors were common for this era as the men entered on one side and the women on the other, each sitting on opposite sides of the building.  Since those early beginnings, the little community of Galilee has disappeared with only the church remaining.  For over 140 years, this congregation has remained strong.

In 1929

In 1929 following the stock market crash, this rural congregation decided that it was time to add to the original building that was now 59 years old. Two classrooms and an entry-way were added (just one door this time).  Wooden theater seats were added to an auditorium that would now seat 104 persons. Stewart McElhannon and Jerry Johnson were the lead contractors for this addition and money was raised by cash donations and by the selling of chickens. The cost of the new addition was $2,100, which included a new roof on the old building, all

In 1962

In 1962, a concrete block building was added to the rear of the existing facilities which included five Sunday School rooms and, for the first time, indoor bathrooms. There was a full basement which was used for a fellowship hall.

The Original Buildings

Otherwise the original buildings remained unchanged until September     1 969 when they were torn down to make room for a new worship building. In February 1970, this new building, which seated approximately 200, was dedicated. In the years that followed an educational building was completed, a commercial kitchen was built, and a Family Life Center was added.


The Other Building

The older buildings are still used for church offices, a Christian preschool, and social events. But the history of Galilee church is more than just buildings. It is about people. Descendants of some of the original families are still in the church. But there are hundreds of new people as well, who have moved to Jackson County. There has never been a building built but that it was done for the glory of God and the expansion of the gospel message of Christ. It has been a glorious 151 years of history