Project Galilee was born in the heart of author and speaker Pastor Kerry Willis while traveling the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There, in the home town of the first disciples, he sensed the call of Jesus to start a ministry from his home town to the hearts of Christian leaders.
Kerry Willis is a native of North Carolina’s coastline, a son of a fisherman and a fisherman for the Son. He pastored one local church for 24 years, Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The local church grew from 120 in 1994 to 1,200 in 2018. Pastor Kerry has spoken in the Middle East, Germany, Guatemala and across the United States. In 2018, Pastor Kerry was elected as District Superintendent of the Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene. He now oversees 50-plus churches in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey and lives once again along the shore — Cape May, New Jersey this time. The theme of his ministry is “Presence Matters Most — No Invisible People.” Project Galilee was birthed in his heart in The Holy Land. Pastor Kerry married Kim in 1980 and they have a son, Grayson, and a daughter, Allison, who is married to Joshua. Lucy, an adopted Treeing Walker Coonhound is their constant companion.”
Kerry loves to lead yearly "Hearts Aflame Discipleship Journeys" to the Holy Land, and has made ten pilgrimages there to date. Kerry says, "Walking where Jesus walked with Jesus walking inside of you is indescribably life-changing. Kerry founded “Project Galilee”, a seaside gathering of Christ-lovers designed to deepen devotion for Jesus and whatever He desires.
The son, grandson, and great-grandson of commercial fishermen, Kerry calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina “home” and continues to carry on the family trade -- He’s a “Fisher” of souls. In his latest book from Beacon Hill Press titled Relational Leadership – What I Learned From a Fisherman About Leading a Church, Kerry writes, “I am most grateful to be the son of a fisherman and a fisherman for The Son.”
Kerry believes the one thing that people are most desperately looking for is to see ordinary people in extraordinary love-relationships with Jesus Christ and one another. There’s no vision above being an answer to the prayer of Jesus in John 17 -- that we would be one. Kerry's heartbeat is best defined in two words -- Deo Volente, Latin for "As God Wills," or "Whatever God Wants"