Welcome to Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte (GMEC), an exciting venture of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Our goal is to provide a welcoming place of learning, service, and fellowship on the east side of Charlotte. We are located in The Galilee Center at 3601 Central Avenue, between Briar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.
The Galilee Center serves as a meeting place for refugees, immigrants, and other residents of the city, and is supported and managed by Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. We host a variety of non-profits who provide vital services to our community, including English classes, citizenship classes, life skills classes, after-school programs, a food pantry, cross-cultural counseling services, gleaned fresh vegetables, and mentoring for new food-based businesses.
Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte also offers support for the spiritual journey with several prayer groups and a multi-faith spirituality center. Our mission is "Working together to feed body, mind, and spirit," but our motto is simply "Welcome."
- Toni Hagerman, Executive Director
Galilee Ministries Executive Committee:
The Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman
The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple
The Rev. Rhonda Lee
The Rev. Deacon Robin Sands
Toni Hagerman, ex officio
Galilee Board members:
The Rev. Robin Sands, Chair
Beverly Howard, Vice Chair
Heather Carty-Ward, Secretary
Katie Kirby, Treasurer
The Rev. Rhonda Lee, Canon for Regional Ministry
Bettie Jones, Recording Clerk
The Rev. Marion Sprott-Goldson
Because our building is closed our volunteer opportunities are somewhat limited. We hope to be able to open up the building again soon to welcome back all of our friends--volunteers, staff, clients, students, and neighbors.
Galilee Community Kitchen Meal Prep Crew: Help prepare, serve, and clean up from meals at Galilee Center. We can use a team of people each Wednesday and Thursday. If you would like to volunteer alone or organize a small group of friends, please let us know! Meal prep begins around 9am and clean up lasts until 1pm. Sign up with this link
Galilee primarily operates through the gifts of time and talent of many volunteers. We are in need of folks who can help with landscape maintenance--trimming shrubbery, tidying up perennial beds, planting fall bulbs, mulching etc. If you love the soil and green growing things, we could use you at Galilee! Just let us know when you would like to work and what you would enjoy doing. Our gardens workdays are set for the third Sunday of each month from 2-4pm.
Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte strives to offer Extravagant Hospitality to our Community--a place where strangers become neighbors and neighbors become friends
Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom undisturbed by dividing lines . . . The paradox of hospitality is that wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances; free also to leave and follow their own vocations. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adore the lifestyle of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his own. (Henri Nouwen)
Our Community Garden
All 39 of our Galilee Garden plots will be farmed by refugee farmers this year.
Galilee Gardens is a wonderful place to grow food and friendships!