Galilee Baptist Church
Willie Lowell Diggs, Pastor
is the eldest of seven children born to the late Deacon Willie O. Diggs and Deaconess Ida W. Diggs. He is a product of The Suffolk City Public School System, Suffolk, Virginia. Reverend Diggs accepted his calling into the Gospel ministry in 1977 and was ordained in 1980 in the State of Ohio. He graduated from the Cincinnati Bible College and attended Temple Bible College and furthered his studies in Theology at The Evans-Smith Institute, Division of The Virginia Union University – Richmond, Virginia.
Reverend Diggs had a divine appointment unknowingly to him to deliver the message at The Galilee Baptist Church in August 1987… He was asked to become the under-shepherd in January of 1988 and was installed as the senior pastor in April of 1988. To date, July, 2013, Pastor Diggs has successfully served the people and community of The Galilee Baptist Church for the past 25 years. The church has increased in spiritual growth and in membership. Under Pastor Diggs’ leadership, a number of ministries have been initiated, organized, established and developed.
Pastor Diggs is a visionary and believes each person has a purpose and God given gift(s) and talent(s). He also believes that through his biblical teachings, God’s word will help individuals recognize and develop their gift(s) and do “the work” which has been given unto their hands. Pastor Diggs is a lead singer and composer. He was blessed in 1984 to unite with The Mighty Pearly Gate of Suffolk, Virginia, which is a nationally known and respected Gospel recording group.
Pastor Diggs has had the opportunity to share his talents with this group as well as many other known recording artists throughout the country. He, along with his church choir, released a CD entitled “Pastor Lowell Diggs and the Galileans – I’m not tired yet.” As he leads God’s people, they strive to “Do the Will of God” in Kingdom Building. In this people-building ministry, leading people of Christ is priority…with the vision of worshipping, studying, sharing, and caring through service and witness. Pastor Diggs’s goal is to tell everyone he meets that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Elder Gloria Phillips Diggs, Leading Lady
Lady D, as she is affectionately called, is a child of God who loves to minister His Word to all who will hear. She is the daughter of the late Reverend Emanuel and Deaconess Vera M. Phillips. Being reared in “the church” all of her life set her foundation in ministry at the New Christian Life Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, where her father served as the Assistant Pastor.
As a young adult and mother of two daughters (Stephanie and ReNe’e) she knew that God had a great destiny for her in the ministry. It was in the Spring of 2003, she said “yes” to God and accepted her call into The Gospel Ministry of Kingdom Building. March 7, 2004, she became licensed as Minister Gloria Diggs and ordained in December 2005. First Lady Reverend Diggs preaches “An Unadulterated Gospel,” she is an encourager and great teacher.
She tells dying men, women, boys, and girls everywhere she goes, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” –Romans 6:23. Reverend Diggs attended The University of Cincinnati (majored in Accounting) and Tidewater Community College. She also attended Norfolk Vocational Tech and graduated with a certification in Cosmetology.
Reverend Diggs also attended Virginia Union and Virginia State University -- Suffolk and Branchville Sites -- taking accredited courses in Theology. She believes in bringing everyday situation to the forefront…but no matter how bleak it may seem, there is a “Lifeline”… there is hope in the Redemptive and Healing Power of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Through her ministry at conferences, workshops and worship services, many come to realize there is a God and He is “An Awesome God, A Great, Faithful and Loving God.” She knows first hand that He will deliver, provide for you, and “He’s a Healer.” She can witness that “He’s a Keeper!”
Lady Diggs serves in several capacities of ministry within the church – --President of the Women’s Ministry, The Youth Elder and Director, a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and Sunday School and Bible Study Teacher. She also serves as president of the Suffolk Association of Ministers’ Wives and Minister’s Widows, Worship Chair for VAMWMW as a member of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Incorporated. Studying the Word of God and reading spiritual related literature are among her favorite things to do. Reverend Diggs also enjoys singing, cooking, entertaining, and traveling with family and friends.
To God be the Glory for The Awesome things He has Done!
Deacons Ministry Chairman