• Father Buchanan joined the Galilee team in 2009. At a young age he felt called to ordained ministry, and after completing his undergraduate degree at Sewanee and a year studying classical bagpipe music in Scotland, he completed his M.Div. at Trinity Seminary outside of Pittsburgh, was ordained in 1997 and served for 12 years in Connecticut. He holds an additional master's degree in theology from Yale, and a doctorate from The University of the South. He is a fifth-generation Californian and is married to Dr. Dana Buchanan, an internist and pediatric physician. Together they have three children. In his free time he plays bagpipes and reads widely.

  • Nigel has been involved in the healing ministry since 1991. He has been the director and founder of two healing centers, The Oratory of the Little Way in Connecticut (1996-2004) and one in upstate New York. (2004-2013). Ordained in 2005, Fr. Nigel is an author, International speaker and founder of By His Wounds, Inc. A ministry, committed to restoring the healing gifts of Jesus Christ. Born & educated in England, he served in the Royal Marine Commandos for 7 years, and for the last two years was a Drill Instructor at the Commando Training Center. A great deal of his ministry is the Welcome Home Initiative, reaching out to all veterans suffering in from post-traumatic stress or moral injury.  Nigel travels throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Sweden teaching on the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ, and leading retreats for veterans who suffer in silence with Post Trauma Stress. Central to his ministry are the words of Jesus: Preach the Kingdom and heal the sick. (Luke 9:2)

  • Rosser and I returned to the beach ten years ago having spent twenty-two years together in the military and living and working in Northern Virginia. We’ve been stationed in Germany and traveled all over the world. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, I also completed Studies in Aging for Gerontology Employees at George Mason University, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Spirituality and Healing in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. I am a trained mediator. After graduating from the seminary, I served two parishes in Northern Virginia and Director of Chaplaincy and Hospice Chaplain at the Goodwin House Retirement Community. I have had the pleasure of serving six churches in this diocese, four as interim rector, also Dean of Convocation 2 (Virginia Beach), on the Board of Chanco, the Diocesan Executive Board, and the Ecclesiastic Court. I am a member of the Board of the Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In my spare time I enjoy antiquing (junk shops), early morning walks with Rosser and our dog, Laika, and staying in touch with our three children: Myra Hope with Molly in Massachusetts, Foye in Norfolk, and Max with Kasia in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Born in New York, Henry was raised in Puerto Rico in a loving Christian family. After college he fulfilled a childhood dream by joining the U.S. Navy where he served for 28 years to include a short period in the White House and completion of his MBA. His professional development has included Executive Training at Duke University, George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon as an executive with Lockheed-Martin. Most recently he was a management consultant for multiple defense companies as well as private and non-profit corporations. He has regularly served on mission trips to Nicarauga and locally to migrant camps on the Eastern Shore. Henry serves on the Board of Directors of a local community services board. He is married and has been blessed with two daughters and a granddaughter whom he enjoys immensely.

  • mya gill

    contemporary worship leader

    Mya Gill joins Galilee Church after serving as the Director of Children’s Music and Drama and the Preschool Music teacher at The Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut. She was also a Preschool Music teacher, Mommy and Me Music teacher

    and Disabled Adult Music teacher at the New Canaan YMCA. She moved to Connecticut from the Virginia Beach area in 2017, where she was the Praise and Worship Leader at Reality Church and also the Music and Art Teacher for Kindergarten through Eighth

    Grade at Ocean View Christian Academy. She has been a full time musician for twenty five years executing multiple music related

    tasks including performing, teaching and handling business aspects of ventures. Primarily a singer-songwriter but also proficient on multiple instruments including guitar, ukulele, hand drums and percussion. She is also experienced with teaching music to children and is certified by You and Me Music Together. Mya and her husband Bryan have 2 daughters together: Sayla and Maryna. They have 1 cat named Tuna. They enjoy music, traveling, boating, camping and going to the beach!

  • Ms. Jessica gained interest in Montessori while her twin daughters attended a Montessori Toddler Program in Key West, FL. She completed her Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher Certification at Village Montessori Training Center in Miami, FL. Jessica holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the Galilee family, she worked as a Registered Nurse in adult and pediatric Intensive Care Units. Jessica resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, Peter, and their three daughters.   

  • Marty o'rourke

    Director of Student Ministry

    Marty has worked with and around youth since college. Marty graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Business. He went on to be the Sports Director for a large Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then moving to North Africa to do community development. Marty is married to his beautiful wife Perry, who both have a passion for God, youth, and global community. Marty really enjoys sports especially soccer, surfing, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee. 

  • Lillie grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She graduated from Sweet Briar College with a B.A. in Studio Art and a NK-6th grade teaching certification. Her love and passion for teaching children started many summers ago at Camp Seafarer in North Carolina, where she served as a counselor for 5 years, after attending as a camper. Lillie loved teaching elementary school as it allowed her to combine her background in the arts and education to share her love of learning with children. Once she became a mother, she continued to fulfill her passion for children by spending hours volunteering, mentoring and tutoring to youth. Lillie started attending Galilee with her family in 2009. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick, and their two daughters, Virginia Ames and Claudia. She is active in her community and volunteers frequently at her children’s schools, Norfolk Academy and Kingston Elementary. In her spare time, she likes reading, crafting, spending time with family and paddle boarding with friends. 

  • Ruth and her husband, David, and their two girls Stewart (16) and Kate (14) came to worship at Galilee in 2010 from North Carolina. David works with Damuth Trane. Ruth went to Campbell University and Graduated with a BA in Religion/ Youth Ministry '91. She worked with Fellowship Of Christian Athletes and a Director of after school and summer Day camp at Asbury UMC in Raleigh. She has been an active wife, mother and volunteer in her community and church. Ruth enjoys watching her girls play sports and she enjoys running and tennis.