Alpha Chapter History

Gamma Alpha Lambda became an official Southwest Missouri State University Religious Organization on September 16, 2003 when it was passed by the Student Government Association.  GAL was the first Christian Sorority on the campus of SMS.

The unique idea of GAL originated at the Baptist Student Union in the Spring of 2003.  It was loosely organized and more or less a fun thing.  However, the founding mothers, Brooke (McDowell) Bayer, Lindsay White, Sarah (Young) Buchanan, Laura (Fenton) Davis, Emily (Brooker) Landis, and Dr. Debra McDowell, faculty advisor, felt a calling from the Lord and took Gamma Alpha Lambda to the next level.  The need for a sisterhood of believers had arisen to combat the typical stereotype of a sorority and be an alternative to the social sorority.  With persistent and pursuing hearts, the Lord blessed their efforts and purpose and made GAL a reality.  Our six Founding Mothers plus 48 new members of the Alpha Class made up the first group of 54 beautiful GAL women.  The 36 Beta Class members soared our numbers even higher to a total of 90 members during the first year.

Our first year in existence was amazing.  We continue to trust in the Lord that He will grow us as individuals and as a sisterhood in the years to come as He unites Christian women of all denominations and backgrounds.  September 16th is now celebrated as our Founder’s Day.

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