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 Mikepatz.com.
Robbie Johnson Executive Pastor
Robbie encountered the love of Jesus in the Sante Fe College library on July 7, 1998. After completing his degree in business at the University of Florida, Robbie participated in our internship program for 2 years, married his amazing wife Amanda, and joined our staff as youth pastor in 2002. Robbie now oversees all our macro-church gatherings and the University Campus. Robbie and Amanda have two children, Anna and Matthew. He was also a part of 2 Greenhouse Basketball League Championship teams.
Ryan Beacher Lincoln Campus Pastor
Lincoln Campus Pastor
Ryan is a native of New Orleans, LA, and a graduate of the University of Florida. Ryan holds a Master’s Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is working to pursue his Doctorate in Faith, Work, & Economics. He is married to his Puerto Rican princess and best friend, Lynette. In addition to being a pastor, Ryan is a pilot whose hobbies include flying, working out, and reading. His passions are leadership, entrepreneurship, real estate, music, and aviation. He is a champion of issues such as social justice, economic development, racial reconciliation.
Jon Lash South Florida Campus Pastor
South Florida Campus Pastor
Jon came from South Florida to attend school at UF, and after graduation and a year on the mission field, he returned to Gainesville to serve as our Outreach Pastor for several years. In the summer of 2015, Jon moved down to South Florida to serve as the Campus Pastor of the newly launched Greenhouse South Florida campus. Born and raised in a Messianic Jewish home, he brings a unique Jewish element to the ministry at Greenhouse. When not doing outreach, you can often find him playing sports or at the beach. Or both. Jon is head over heals, over the moon, to the stars, in love with his amazing wife Nancy, and baby boy Liam!
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 degree in World Religions and also attended Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. After returning from Fuller, Matt got plugged into the Greenhouse Church and joined the staff in January of 2008. He is married to his more beautiful half, Tracy, and has two daughters, Alethea and Adalie.
Joel Romelus University Campus Pastor
University Campus Pastor
Joel Romelus was born to Haitian parents in Miami, Florida, where he encountered the Lord at a young age and made the decision to serve Him. However, he didn’t truly begin to grow as a disciple until he connected with Greenhouse in the fall of 2010 at Breakthrough Weekend. After he completed his bachelor’s degree in business management/international business, he moved to Gainesville for the Greenhouse Internship. Joel currently serves as the University Campus Pastor, and his passion is to see people of all ethnicities and backgrounds become ignited with a passion for God and a desire to shine His glory on the earth. He enjoys playing sports, writing poetry, communicating, and learning about different cultures. Joel loves Haiti, and his beautiful wife Stephanie.
Troy Dinsdale Orlando Pastor
Troy was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. God brought his family down to Orlando when he was in high school, where he graduated and headed to Gainesville for college. He graduated from UF, married his beautiful bride Heather, and led the middle school ministry for Greenhouse Church for 2 years. In 2013, God called him and his wife to move to Orlando to begin what would one day become Greenhouse Orlando. Currently, Troy and Heather have two beautiful kids, Emie and Eli, and are expecting another boy and girl in October 2018! For fun, Troy likes playing basketball, working with his hands, and spending quality time with his family.
Dave Matheny Senior Ministries Pastor
Senior Ministries Pastor
Andrea Levings Missions Director
Andrea was born in Jacksonville, Fl and moved to Gainesville in 2009 to attend UF after earning a degree in Biochemistry and Psychology from Jacksonville University. After finishing school at UF, she entered the Greenhouse Internship before coming on staff. Andrea is passionate about seeing the Gospel spread from Gainesville to the nations through holistic, sustainable, wise, and humble missional endeavors. She loves cultures, outdoor adventures, “northern” tea, and woodland creatures, especially bears.
Bubba Rosenow Technical, Creative Arts & Information Systems Director
Technical, Creative Arts & Information Systems Director
Jonathan, or “Bubba” as he is most commonly known, is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as attending concerts and sporting events. He has worked in many aspects in the audio realm with an emphasis on Concert & Church Audio, specifically as a large production Monitor Engineer. He enjoys all aspects of Live Production and Television Broadcast, and is married to his amazing wife, Emily.
Renee Handtke Women's Microchurch Coordinator & Breakthrough Director
Women's Microchurch Coordinator & Breakthrough Director
Renee is passionate about worship and discipleship. She has been ministering since 1990 and earned an M. A. in Practical Theology at Regent University in 2004. She spent several years in Moscow, Russia as a missionary with her husband, Phil, and after returning to Florida in 1994 she continued to travel to numerous nations ministering the beauty of the Gospel message. She loves seeing people connected to God, each other, and serving in the kingdom. She has two daughters and four grandchildren and enjoys interior design.
Steve Adams Music Director
Steve has 20 years experience as a Worship leader in North Central Florida. His musical style ranges from Gospel, Contemporary, Rock and Smooth Jazz. His influences in worship music are Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Planet Shakers, etc. He is very passionate about being a disciple of Jesus, leading the body of Christ into true Worship and equipping and raising up Worship leaders. He came here in 2007 and oversees Greenhouse Worship. He is married to Sara, and they have three children; Zoe, Noah, and Micah.
Jared Godshalk Technical Arts Coordinator
Technical Arts Coordinator
Jared was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and studied Show Production in Orlando. After working in New Orleans, he married his high school sweetheart, Samara, and in 2017 they moved back to Gainesville. Jared joined the Greenhouse staff shortly thereafter as the Technical Arts Coordinator, overseeing training and operations of the Tech Department. Jared enjoys leading worship with his wife, jazz music, and all things Google.
Mike Lane Youth Pastor
Mike was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fl. He came to Gainesville in 2007 to attend the University of Florida. In the fall of 2009, Mike encountered Jesus in a big way, and his life would never be the same. Mike has an incredible love for students and desires to see students utilize the gifts God has given them. Mike is married to his childhood best friend, Danielle.
Eric Dinius Internship Pastor
Eric Dinius was born and raised in Bradenton, Fl. He came to UF in 2006 and encountered the radical love of Jesus during the summer after his freshman year. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Construction Management, he entered into an internship at the Greenhouse Church, where he helped to lead the college ministry. He left temporarily to work in his field of study and then got married to the girl of his dreams, Jillian. They both have a passion to help people fall in love with Jesus and equip them to take the gospel to the nations!
Carey Goin Techincal Director
Carey has been in full-time ministry since 1978 and is an ordained minister with the Church of God. He has been a media, production and tech consultant for mega-ministries around the country such as Billy Graham, TD Jakes, most international Christian TV networks and dozens more mega-churches. His creative gift has earned him more than 100 international and national production awards such as Emmy’s, Grammy’s, Dove’s, Addys, as a producer and director. He was a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a decade where he got his Master’s of Arts in Communications Studies. He loves to teach and train people what he has learned over the decades in ministry and is excited about continuing the expanding our tech department to a level of excellence.
Priscilla Brown Greenhouse Kids Director
Greenhouse Kids Director
Born in New Jersey and raised in Miami, Fl., Priscilla connected with Jesus as an 8-year-old girl when her dad got saved and invited her to church. She came to Gainesville in 2004 to attend the University of Florida and never left! Both Chi Alpha and Greenhouse Church profoundly impacted her walk with Jesus, teaching her to live out her faith passionately and in the community. Priscilla longs to see families and children radically changed by Jesus and equipped to walk out their faith in everyday life. Priscilla, her amazing hubby Ken, and their three kiddos enjoy visiting state parks, playing board games, and living life with their friends and family!
Samara Godshalk Early Childhood Director
Early Childhood Director
Ryan Galloway Worship Leader
Ryan is a passionate worshiper who operates from the conviction that every time of worship is an opportunity to glimpse God’s glory. He aims to create a worship environment that feels like family, while combining diverse sounds and influences that reach all walks of life. As the Director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries on UF Campus, a large portion of his time is spent helping college students figure out who they are as they radically connect with God. Ryan’s entire life is made better by the love of his life, Cristina Galloway, the organizational queen of the universe and grand dutchess of Industrial Engineering. Their two little nuggets, Cayden James and Elías Jude, have the best smiles God ever created. Ryan leads worship at our Lincoln Campus.
Franco Gennaro Expansion Pastor
Franco graduated with a pre-law degree from Florida State University, and also completed course study from the Institute of Biblical Studies (180 hours), and Bethel Leadership School (Redding, Cal.). His world was radically “rocked’ when the Lord captured his heart and became his 1st love while being on the FSU football team. Since then he has had the privilege of preaching Jesus around the world, while helping plant numerous churches and campus ministries before joining the staff at Greenhouse Church. His passion is to help people be “sold out” to Jesus, and help establish strong missional churches. Franco is deeply in love with his wife, Mary Lou, and their 5 children who run a family business together with their patented products Flu-B-Gone™ and Immune Booster Express.
Sean Crawford Church Online and Storytelling Director
Church Online and Storytelling Director
Sean was raised in Fernandina Beach, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications in 2012. After graduating college, Sean’s life shifted after encountering Jesus at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. He moved back to Gainesville in the summer of 2013 to work for the UF athletic department – that’s where God introduced him to Greenhouse Church. Sean joined the Greenhouse staff at the beginning of 2017 where he now oversees Church Online and produces video content. Sean has a hunger to tell others his story of redemption and he really enjoys the beach, food & talking.
Ruth Patz Prayer and Counseling Director
Prayer and Counseling Director
Born in Puerto Rico, Ruth moved to Florida in 1989 and connected with Greenhouse with her mom. She married Mike Patz in 1994 and they’ve been on an adventure ever since. She’s passionate about emotionally healthy spirituality, prayer, healing, and the supernatural. Ruth loves to read and play volleyball, and spending time with Mike and their 8 children.
Tim Welch Facilities Director
Tim and his family moved to Gainesville in 1986 and began attending the Greenhouse Church in 1998. He is Greenhouse Churches facility director. He has served in various church ministries, including SWEAT, Sound Vision, and Breakthrough. Tim is married to Tracey, and they have two children, T.J. & Leah.
Erik Stephen Missions Coordinator
Erik was born and raised in Gainesville, FL. He grew up coming to Greenhouse with his family and was involved in the High School Ministry. Erik moved to Tampa in 2011 to complete his degree in Exercise Physiology at USF. After graduating, the Lord called him to pursue youth ministry and move back to Gainesville. Erik then participated in the Greenhouse Internship with the Youth ministry track. His desire is to see teenagers have authentic encounters with Jesus. Erik loves his wife Courtney, exercising, and trying new foods.
Greg Grzesiak South Florida College Outreach Director
South Florida College Outreach Director
Julie Pagan Operations & HR Manager
Operations & HR Manager
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, and the development of future satellite churches.
Matt Benson Graphic Designer
Matt was born in the Philippines, where both his parents served as missionaries for New Tribes. He moved to Orlando when he was seven and then moved to Gainesville in 2010 where he studied photojournalism and visual communications at the University of Florida. Shortly after graduating, Matt moved back to Orlando for work and married his beautiful wife, Jenny.
In 2017, Matt and Jenny traveled the country in a self-converted camper van named Howl. They intended to travel for a full year, but God had other plans. They moved back to Gainesville in January 2018 and immediately reconnected with Greenhouse Church.
Matt is passionate about design and visual communication and makes frequent backpacking/camping trips to the Ocala National Forest where he captures the beauty of God’s design through his photography.
Aldreka Everett University Campus Administrative Assistant
University Campus Administrative Assistant
Aldreka was raised in Tampa, Florida, and moved to Gainesville to attend UF in 2010. After giving her life to Jesus at a Breakthrough Weekend, Aldreka graduated from UF and participated in the Greenhouse Internship in the Youth Ministry track. She is passionate about spreading the hope of Jesus to all generations (Ps. 89:1). Aldreka is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University, and she loves giraffes, reading, cooking, and listening to all types of music.
Alicen Crane Early Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood Assistant
Alicen was born and raised in Gainesville and came to know Jesus at an early age in kids ministry . She studied Elementary Education at St. Leo University, and got connected with Greenhouse through the UA. Alicen has been teaching at the Rock School for eight years, currently in third grade. She loves Chick Fil A, Disney, and her students!
Angel Avalos Community Care Coordinator
Community Care Coordinator
Kim Rollins Lincoln Campus Children's Ministries Director
Lincoln Campus Children's Ministries Director
Kim grew up in a big family in Keystone Heights, and now lives on small farm outside of Gainesville with her husband Wade, a retired military veteran. She is currently finishing up her B.A. in Christian Ministry with a focus on Children’s Ministries and Church Administration. Kim is passionate about helping the next generation and their families grow closer to Jesus and each other.
Kim and Wade have seven wonderful children and one adorable grandson. She is also a member of the Creative Team at The Loved Bible Project where she shares her love of inspirational journaling and commits her time to praying over and “loving” on Bibles that are donated to Created, a local mission of Greenhouse Church. She enjoys Bible Journaling, reading, working in her garden, volunteering at her children’s school and spending time with her family, preferably all with a good cup of coffee in her hand. Kim also loves baking muffins every week for her Sunday Lincoln kids!
Brooke Bauzon Youth Director
Brooke was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She came to Gainesville in 2006 to attend the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. During her senior year at UF, she rediscovered and encountered the love and grace of Jesus Christ. This was when she connected with Greenhouse. She has a deep passion for youth and families, and loves watching people encounter God as they discover their gifts. Brooke loves road trips, the beach, coffee, and scaring people!
Janine Johnson Microchurch Coordinator; Kid Keeper Director
Microchurch Coordinator; Kid Keeper Director
Janine was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Health Disparities. Janine returned to Gainesville in the spring of 2014, attending Breakthrough in July of the same year, where God showed up in a big way and her life radically changed for the better. Janine has an incredible love for toddlers and pre-school aged children and has been serving in Sprouts as the Toddler room lead teacher since 2015. Janine is currently the Kid Keeper Coordinator for Greenhouse as well as privately tutors elementary aged students. Janine loves cooking Jamaican dishes, Pokemon, exploring state parks, visiting thrift shops, trying mom & pop restaurants, and traversing beaches with her husband, Sean.
Betty Wilkinson Operations Assistant
Betty has been with the Greenhouse for over 28 years and has enjoyed many roles during that time. She currently serves as the Operations Assistant. Betty is a widow, with 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys writing her for her blog, Betty Walks the Way.
Jaleesa Joseph South Florida Missions Coordinator
South Florida Missions Coordinator
Jaleesa was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Palm Bay, Florida as a child. In 2006 she started attending the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications News. Even though she gave her life to Jesus at 7 years old and grew up in church, she really didn’t grasp Jesus’ grace and living for Him until she got plugged into a Greenhouse Microchurch in 2011. That began her journey of truly becoming a disciple! Before coming on staff at Greenhouse, she was a Pastoral Intern at our Lincoln Campus. Outside of her passion for seeing people become passionate followers of Jesus, she loves all things food (cooking, going out to eat, etc.), movies, and doing random fun things with people she loves!
Danely Martinez Hub Hospitality Director
Hub Hospitality Director
Danely was born in Venezuela and grew up in California, Algeria, Texas, Indonesia, Brazil and now Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 and spent the next five years teaching Middle School and directing a dance studio. Her life took a radical and beautiful turn when she came to know Jesus while attending a Breakthrough retreat. Her passion is to glorify Jesus and for all to experience the grace and abundant life He has to offer while empowering and equipping others for the work of the ministry. Her heart for the Lord, love for people, and desire for God’s Kingdom to come has led her to work at the Greenhouse Church. Danely is married to her amazing husband, Aniel!
Wendy Roche Local Missions Coordinator
Local Missions Coordinator
Wendy was raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to West Palm Beach, FL, in her early teenage years. In 2006, Wendy relocated to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where God radically transformed her life. At UF, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Family, Youth and Community Sciences with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership.
Before joining our staff, Wendy completed the Greenhouse Internship. Her passion is to see others, especially teenagers, rise to their full potential and know their identity in Christ. Currently, Wendy coordinates the different local missions initiatives in East Gainesville. She enjoys learning about different cultures, traveling, and being outdoors with her journal or a good read.
Mel Galvis Lincoln Campus Ministry Assistant
Lincoln Campus Ministry Assistant
Mel is currently finishing up her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, with a focus in Latin American and the Caribbean, and will graduate from UF this December. Mel is passionate about partnering with communities like Carver Gardens to mentor elementary students, doing ministry with young adults, and international missions. She’s participated in several Haiti mission trips, and loves her Haitian brothers and sisters! In the future, Mel hopes to merge her love for youth and missions by taking young adults on international trips and working with nonprofits in Latin America. She comes from a loud, quirky and tight-nit Colombian family. Her hobbies include watching sunsets, working out at the boxing gym and going on spontaneous day-trips.
Yohann Kurzweil South Florida Administrative Assistant
South Florida Administrative Assistant
Diya Sundarrao Greenhouse Kids Administrative Assistant
Greenhouse Kids Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Diya began her walk with Jesus when she was ten years old. She moved to Gainesville in 2015 to pursue a degree in Business Administration, with eventual aspirations to attend medical school. She began attending Greenhouse during her freshman year and it greatly impacted her desire to live passionately for Jesus and in community. Diya is eager to see children and their families radically changed by Christ so that they may be able to live in faith. In her free time, she enjoys hanging with friends, reading, and eating ice cream.
Christine Sepúlveda South Florida Breakthrough & Ministry Coordinator
South Florida Breakthrough & Ministry Coordinator
Christine’s life was radically changed at the moment she was diagnosed with stage four cancer at the age of sixteen. She encountered Jesus in a big way during that time, and her life has been about getting to know Him ever since. After finishing school at UCF, she moved to South Florida, where she got plugged into Greenhouse South Florida and eventually joined the staff there, serving as the Breakthrough and Ministry Coordinator. Christine is passionate about making disciples in her community and spreading the love of Jesus to everyone she encounters. She has been cancer-free for over a decade and loves the beach, volleyball, outdoor activities, soy chai tea lattes, her loving husband Kelly, and their baby girl Sophia.
Jamie Jacob South Florida Worship Leader
South Florida Worship Leader
Sherry Strickland Bookkeeper
Maryann Flynn South Florida Kids Director
South Florida Kids Director
After receiving a Bachelors in Sociology, Maryann started her career in urban ministry by working under the leadership of Evan Hartsell at Club Christ Ministries in Las Vegas. There she launched an apartment-based after school program in a low-income and high-crime neighborhood. Its success propelled students to new academic heights and bridged the gap between local kids and the local church. She and her family relocated to South Florida in September of 2015 where she joined a local urban youth organization that partnered with low performing schools to raise the academic performance of low-income youth. She’s married to her husband of 8 years and together they have a spunky 4-year-old daughter and a baby boy who has taught them what it means to “belly laugh.”
Kevin Prescott South Florida Technical Arts
South Florida Technical Arts
Kevin grew up in Washington D.C. before moving to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. He graduated there in 2016 with majors in Telecommunication Production and Business Management. He completed the Greenhouse Internship in 2016-2017 before moving to South Florida for a Residency in Technical Arts. Kevin is an avid fan of reading, films, and hanging out with friends!
Jasmine George Kids Ministry Resident
Kids Ministry Resident
Jesse Anastase Orlando Pastoral Resident
Orlando Pastoral Resident
Jesse is a first generation American, growing up with his Haitian family in West Palm Beach. He attended Wellington High School and was a passionate basketball player, helping lead his team to several championships. Jesse grew up in the Haitian church and gave his life to Christ in Youth group. He has a huge passion for equipping believers to share their faith, and making disciples of college students while bridging the gap between Jesus and fun. Jesse enjoys working out, basketball, playing guitar, and dancing salsa.
Tiffany Johnston Senior Adult Ministry Resident
Senior Adult Ministry Resident
Lili Jones Internship Ministry Resident
Internship Ministry Resident
Liliane was born in Atlanta, GA, and raised in the Maryland/DC area. She then spent her high school and college years in Quebec, Canada where her parents are currently missionaries and pastors. The first girl of six children, Liliane was led to the Lord at five years old under the ever-watchful eyes of her two older brothers, and over the next 15 years grew in knowledge of God’s word and leading His people into worship. At the age of 19, Liliane encountered Jesus in a radical, life-transforming way and since then has been passionate about God-seeking and the Kingdom of Heaven. She crossed paths with Greenhouse on a chance visit one Sunday in 2017, and felt the Lord leading her to relocate and take part in the year-long internship. She graduated in July 2018 and is now a resident under Pastor Eric. Lili loves to spend time with her family, watch international tv shows, learn new languages, write wholesome pop songs and play football. If she had a second life, she’d be a spy.
Sarah Dey Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator
Digital Content and Social Media Coordinator
Sarah was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Orlando before moving to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida in 2010. While at UF, Sarah came to Greenhouse Church and was deeply impacted and transformed by the love of God and a new personal relationship with Jesus. After graduating from UF, she spent a year at Greenhouse in the Internship before joining the Tech department. Sarah spends much of her time as a freelance photographer, and enjoys traveling, kids and babies, great coffee, softball, music, Spanish, and the Chicago Cubs.
Daniel Taylor Orlando Worship Leader
Orlando Worship Leader
Daniel was raised in a Messianic Jewish home in Charlotte, NC. He got married to Lauren in spring of 2015, and shortly after felt God was calling him and his wife to Orlando through a series of dreams. “Worship music has always been a huge part of my walk with the Lord. In fact, it was the thing that drew me back to him during my rebellious years in college. I knew God laid this passion on my heart for a reason and that one day he’d use me through the giftings that he’s given me. It’s my strong desire to always let God do what he wants to do through worship, no matter what ‘plans’ of ours it might interfere with.” Outside of church, Daniel has a passion for all things creative, such as film, animation, and video games.
David Pfahler Deacon
David was raised in a Christian home, trusted in Christ at an early age, and has been growing in both his personal relationship with Christ and his understanding of God’s love for us all ever since. He’s been married to his lovely wife Alicia 20 years, and has two wonderful teenage daughters, Annalese and Ellie. After 10 years serving in the Air Force, David’s family moved to Gainesville while he attended graduate school. They’ve made Gainesville home for the last 10 years. Greenhouse has been the Pfahler’s church home since 2009, and they love the people, community, and mission they’ve found here.
Jerrell Pittman Deacon
Born into a military family, Jerrell grew up all over the world, however he claims Tampa, FL as home. Living in a Christian household, he accepted Jesus at a young age. He would continue to grow in faith and aim to be a “God guy” and not just a “good guy.” A UF graduate, Jerrell is currently balancing his career, while attending graduate school part-time, being a husband, a WAVE Middle School leader, and volunteering at Greenhouse’s Lincoln campus. Additionally, Jerrell and his wife, Nikea, are preparing for parenthood as they get ready to welcome their first child.
John Stephen Deacon
John and his wife Anita have been members of this church since 1992 and are so grateful for this community of faith and how the church body has poured into their lives. Over the years, they have lead a married couples Microchurch, and college student small groups. John has been a deacon in previous years and has seen tremendous growth in this church. He is excited about the Greenhouse Hub and to see all that the Lord has in store for this Faith Family! John and Anita have four beautiful children; Erik (a current Greenhouse intern), Sarah, Caroline, and Zachariah.
Kraig Gregory Deacon
Eric Leightman Deacon
Eric has been going to Greenhouse Church since 2004 when He was a student at the University of Florida. He was brought up Jewish in a great close-knit family, and had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel before hearing about Jesus’ call as a teenager, to follow Him. Eric met his wife Rachel in the church, and they have been married for 10 years. They have 3 young kids; Ari, Brielle, and Jaren. They currently lead a microchurch for young families together. Eric is thankful to have an authentic community that encourages him to love Jesus and love people.
Ken Brown Deacon
Matt Goss Deacon
My name is Matt Goss and I have been coming to Greenhouse since coming to Gainesville for college. I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at a young age. Ever since that time, I have strived to live my life in a manner pleasing to Him. I am now a husband and father of two boys and continue to strive to be the man and father that God wants me to be. Over the past few years, I have served at Greenhouse as a greeter/usher, when needed.
Austin King Deacon
My name is Austin King and I’m 29 years old. I’m married to my middle school sweetheart and have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter named Nevaeh (Nev). My wife and I were both born and raised in Gainesville and currently live in Archer. I work as an estimator for a roofing contractor and my wife is a nurse. Sara and I started going to SWEAT together and have been involved with Greenhouse church for about 15 years now. We’ve been involved with the Kanapaha campus since it started and really love the friendships with other young families we’ve developed there. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve and anticipate that God has plans to stretch and grow me.
David Lower Deacon
David and Missi Lower have been married for 20 years and have 5 wonderful children aging from 18 to 10 years old. They are: Zachariah, Caleb, Luke, Aaron, and Sarah. They have been active members at Greenhouse Church (formerly First Assembly) in Gainesville for over 10 years. Over the years we have served in youth ministry, as area directors of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an elder, and led different home groups. David has previously served as a deacon, ending a three-year term two years ago, and is looking forward to returning. Currently, the Lowers co-lead a microchurch with Rusty and Mildred Russell. By occupation, David is a physical therapist and owns Gainesville Physical Therapy & Wellness. It is our passion to help couples and individuals live lives of faith in Christ and to walk in victory over their circumstances.
Jason Mitchell Deacon
Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL as the eldest of six siblings, Jason grew up in a relatively religious, working class, single-parent home. It wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Life was no longer meaningless, nor without purpose. Over the course of his walk with God, Jason has seen God prove Himself to be so faithful in countless ways.
He originally came to Gainesville to finish his undergraduate education as a Family, Youth and Community Science major. In lieu of accomplishing that, the Lord directed his steps to Greenhouse Church. The leadership and community at Greenhouse has truly better defined and enhanced his walk as a disciple of Christ.
Jason feels that over the years, this community has served as a safe place to identify, clarify and move into the purpose and callings of God on his life. Jason strives to be grounded in the more excellent way – love, and at the end of the day, his greatest honor is to be his Father’s son. “May He be so pleased in me.”
Frank Peprah-Asante Deacon
Garrett Jones Deacon
Garrett grew up out West in a loving, sports-crazed home of all boys. He accepted Jesus in high school and was baptized while in college at Embry Riddle. Garrett was a middle school teacher for many years working with all ranges of students, from special-education (ESE) classrooms to those in advanced magnet programs. He is currently the Dean and Athletic Director at Oak View Middle School. Garrett loves being an encourager and advocate for students at such a vulnerable time of development.
Garrett and his wife Audrey have been married for 15 years, and have three children; Ashton, Gavin, and Lincoln. Their family has been attending Greenhouse since the opening day of the Kanapaha Campus, where they were instantly hooked on this as their church home.
Jorge Munoz Deacon
After serving in the military for 8 years, Jorge married Lisa, the woman of his dreams, in 2003. Regardless of how hard they tried, there was something missing- it was God. In 2008, Jorge and Lisa started to attend Greenhouse church and during a Breakthrough Weekend in 2009, Jorge and Lisa both surrendered their lives to Jesus. It was such a marking moment for both of them that they decided to live a life entirely surrendered to God and His purpose for them. They both believe that there is nothing more loving that a person can do for another than to introduce and encourage a strong intimate relationship with God.
Chris Livingston Deacon
Chris has been married to Amber for 22 years and the Lord has greatly blessed them with 4 children, an amazing son-in-law and their first grandchild will arrive in July. The Lord has been so gracious to Chris and Amber over their marriage and has chosen to take them through times of extreme need and times of amazing blessings. Through these times it has provided them with a revelation and understanding that our Lord is always there and He really does love us. Chris has had the privilege to serve in both deaconship and staff positions at churches throughout the years and looks forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for Greenhouse.