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


OUR Story



Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

Diocesan Council

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

Joanne Jenkins

Tom Little

The Rev. Marion Sprott-Goldson

Vickie Traynum




Volunteers are welcome and needed


To volunteer as an individual or as a group,
contact GMEC at (704) 900-5210, or galileeeast@gmail.com


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

Garden Angels: 

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.

Sign up with this link. 


Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte strives to reach out to our neighbors through SHALOM


Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte (GMEC) committed to take an organic approach to arriving at our mission, allowing it to unfold as we learned the neighborhood and our partners. Having done so for a bit over a year, we arrived at SHALOM as a succinct statement of mission, and a vision that captures what we hope to be a source of hope for East Charlotte. It means “peace, harmony, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility.” “Wholeness,” in Christian understanding, also encompasses “holiness” as well.

We use SHALOM as an acronym:

S: Spirituality

  • Inter-Faith Conversations 

  • Dinner Eucharists 

  • Hosting several small refugee churches on Sundays

  • Prayer labyrinth

  • Prayer walks in our neighborhood

H: Hospitality

  • Inviting other non-profits to share the space rent free to provide their direct services

  • Hospitality Ministry of welcome, coffee, conversation

  • Inviting people in to use the space ̶for weddings, memorial services, concerts, and parties

  • Community meals, Birthdays & Bingo, Karate classes, language classes 

A: Advocacy and Education

  • Housing advocacy: affordable housing for those in need of housing, refugee or others

  • Bus pass advocacy: access to discounted bus passes, senior passes, disability passes

  • Education for the community and the Church about refugees, immigrants, and the needs in East Charlotte

  • Refugee Simulation Learning Experience for Youth and Adults

L: Liaison

  • Connecting congregations with us and our partners for outreach/engagement/education

  • Connecting The Galilee Center and Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte with community organizations (such as police and fire department, Merry Oaks School, St. Andrew's Homes, etc.)

O: Opportunity

  • Increased opportunities for synergy because partners are under one roof, which …

  • Increases opportunities for the refugees, immigrants, and others in need

  • For volunteers, young adults, and youth to learn and to work with people from many lands, together, to expand their awareness

M: Mutuality

  • The spirit in which we approach this work: we’re working toward doing WITH, walking alongside, and working alongside (as in the Community Garden, where we learn how to grow vegetables from the experts!)

  • Will hopefully grow into more community outreach and door-to-door meeting people, hearing needs, offering prayer, and “organizing”. 


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!