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What is Green

Living in the Green

Disciples are people who are living in worship, missions, and community. They’re people who live in the green. Only God can make things grow, but we try to provide an environment where he can work his wonders.


It's vital to get the order right. Worship is first. Disciples love God passionately, radically, holistically, and they love people with all of their lives.


Once we've connected with God, we can't help but get his heart - and God loves people. Out of our love for God stems an unavoidable passion for God's mission to go reach others.


Once you've connected with God, and once you've gotten on a mission, you can't help but begin to live in community. Community isn't something you find by looking for it, it's the result of looking for God and experiencing mission with other people.

With God as the foundation

What Are Fluencies?

We want our church to possess certain “fluencies”. This is beyond a creedal affirmation. This is competency and the ability to reproduce a reality. You are fluent when you can flow, which is why fluency is rarely acquired unless you immerse yourself in the culture. The key word here is culture.

What we believe

Doctrinal Statement

Doctrine matters. In a world where there are so many voices vying for our attention, it is paramount that we tether ourselves to the Bible and what it says. What we do needs to be grounded in who God is and what He has done. With that in mind, these are the doctrinal truths we ground our faith, ministry, and call to action in.

They walk with us in the valley, while fighting for us in the prayer room, and are there to celebrate with us on the mountaintops, all while praising Jesus our source. These are our people. Wayne & Ingrid Carney
Mike Patz

Mike Patz

Lead Pastor

Born in Ohio and raised in St. Petersburg, Mike’s life took a dramatic turn as a freshman at the University of Florida. He connected with Jesus, began his faith journey, and got involved with what is now the Greenhouse Church. He has served as a youth leader, youth pastor, associate pastor, and lead pastor. He is married to his Puerto Rican bride, Ruth (Rivera), and they have been fruitful and multiplied, having eight children. Mike is a lover of innovation, leadership, cultures, languages, communication, sports, and chocolate. He is spending his life for the sake of souls, disciples, justice, and nations. But his deepest passion is his first love: knowing Jesus. He blogs at


Andrea Levings

Missions Director

Andrea moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida after earning degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology from Jacksonville University. After finishing school at UF, she joined the Greenhouse Internship (now the school of ministry) before coming on staff at Greenhouse Church. Andrea is passionate about Biblical justice and missions. She loves teaching the Bible and seeing people come alive as they discover and follow their call to make disciples of all nations. Andrea loves experiencing new cultures, outdoor adventures, all woodland creatures, finding legitimate Middle Eastern food in the US, and Daniel Sarafan.

Matt Ulrich

Microchurch Pastor

Matt was born and raised in Vero Beach, FL. Not coming from a Christian home, he met Jesus through an elderly woman in a Savannah ghetto in 1999. Since then, he has been trying to follow Jesus while avoiding the snares of Christendom. He graduated from UF with a B.A in World Religions, attended Fuller Seminary where he received his M.A. in Crosscultural Studies, and graduated from Southeastern University with his Doctorate of Ministry. Matt joined the Greenhouse staff in January of 2008 as the microchurch pastor. He has a heart and passion for God-seeking, discipleship, and multiplication.  He is married to his more beautiful half, Tracy, and has two daughters, Alethea and Adalie.


Julie Pagan

Human Resources and Operations Director

Julie moved to Gainesville in 2007 from New York with her two lovely children, Brittany and Jared. Julie was a Greenhouse Church volunteer for over 5 years before joining the staff in November of 2012. She handles Operations at Greenhouse including Sunday services, Breakthrough Weekends, Arnold’s Missions Cafe, and the development of future satellite churches. Julie loves the NY Yankees!