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 Vision Pastor of Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene in the Heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Kerry is still enjoying Harrisonburg, his first pastorate, and is now beginning his 20th year. Pastor Kerry attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado before coming to Harrisonburg. He has received the Virginia District “Pastor of the Year” plague from Eastern Nazarene College. Kerry has spoken at revivals, retreats, leadership conferences, camp meetings, and Mission-related gatherings in the United States, Germany, and the Middle East. He is a recipient of the “Pastor’s Leadership Award” given by the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries. He was elected to be a member of the General Board of the International Church of the Nazarene at its General Assembly in 2009.
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.
On a more personal note, Kerry enjoys life with his wife of 33 years, Kim, They have a son, Grayson, 28, and a daughter, Allison, 26, married to Joshua. He loves to say that his third and youngest “child” is a Beagle, lovingly known as The Oreo Pup. J.
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"
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