Pastoral Staff and Ministry Directors
- Lead Pastor
376-6992 ext. 204
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.
- Executive Pastor/Kanapaha Campus Pastor
376-6992 ext. 220
Robbie joined our staff as our youth pastor and now overseas all our macro-church gatherings, ministries, and the Kanapaha Campus. Robbie is married to Amanda and they have two children, Anna and Matthew.
- Operations Manager
376-6992 ext. 214
Maru was born and raised in Homestead, FL in a non-Christian home and was introduced to Jesus by a street evangelist as a teenager. She first moved to Gainesville with her daughter Eniya in 2003 to attend the University of Florida. At UF she earned a degree in Political Science and met her husband Lateef. After graduating from UF she went on get her law degree from Harvard Law and earn a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Her family returned to Gainesville in 2012 and soon after joined the Greenhouse church where she began serving in the tech and children’s ministries. She is currently the Operations Manager of the church and is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida.
- Microchurch Pastor
376-6992 ext. 208
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 a daughter, Alethea.
- Church Online Director/Youth Staff
376-6992 ext. 230
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 the love of Jesus and became a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. While studying telecommunications and production at UF, Mike developed a passion for spreading the Gospel through media and started serving our church online campus. He has an incredible love for young people, shepherding students and leaders and has served as a SWEAT leader for the past three years.
- Youth Pastor
376-6992 ext. 229
Michael was born in Miami, Florida and spent the most of his childhood in Key West. At the age of 17, Michael was introduced to Jesus Christ while attending a youth group summer camp. Shortly thereafter, he married his beautiful wife, Tammy. Together, they attended Southeastern University, where Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Youth Ministry. After graduating, he interned at Brownsville Assembly of God for one year and went on to serve as Youth Pastor in Panama City, Florida and Alvin, Texas. Both Michael and Tammy love investing their lives serving teenagers and their families. They have two amazing children, Micah and Amelia.
- Nursery Director
376-6992 ext. 228
Danielle moved to Gainesville from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2003. After earning degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education from the University of Florida, she began teaching in Levy County. Desiring to use her skills and passion for kids to better serve the Lord, Danielle joined the Greenhouse Church staff as the Nursery Director. She and her husband Stan, have two children, Isaiah and Adison.
- Children's Pastor
376-6992 ext. 227
Jason is our Children's Pastor, overseeing Greenhouse Kids, our Elementary Ministry. His life was completely changed in January 2002 when, while attending UF as a freshman, he was humbled by the grace of God. At that same time, he began attending here, where he has since "grown up" as a follower of Jesus. While finishing his Bachelor's degree in World Religions at UF, Jason completed three years' in the ministry internship at the Greenhouse Church. Jason leads Greenhouse Kids along with his wife, Katie, who works full-time as a home-school teacher and disciple-maker for their sons: Caleb, Elijah, Zachary, and Nathanael.
- Lincoln Campus Pastor
376-6992 ext. 207
Ryan is a native of New Orleans, LA, and a graduate of the University of Florida ('05). He comes from a Christian home and a loving family. He has an evangelistic passion and heart to see all come to know Christ. Ryan is currently a graduate student at Asbury Theological Seminary working on a M.Div. Degree. Ryan is married to his Puerto Rican princess, and best friend, Lynette. They have a passion for, and enjoy minstering together to young adults.
- Director of Music
376-6992 ext. 212
Steve has 14 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 our Worship Arts Department. He is married to Sara. They have three children, Zoe, Noah and Micah.
- Internship Director
376-6992 ext. 209
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!
- Women's Microchurch Coordinator & Breakthrough Director
376-6992 ext. 216
Renee’ is passionate about worship and discipleship. She has been ministering since 1990 and earned 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.
- Generations Pastor
After retiring from a large computer company, Tom went into vocational ministry. He currently owns and operates “Tom’s Repair Service”. He is married to Martha and has 3 children, Susan, Tom and Paul as well as 8 grandchildren. He is currently leading our Generations Ministry in an effort to blend our generational divides.
- Pastoral Counseling
Pastor Glenn handles our pre-marital counseling and provides personal pastoral care in times of crisis. He and his wife, Valerie are heavily involved in crisis counseling, hospital ministry, and discipleship. They are an indispensable part of our ministry team at the Greenhouse Church. They also own and operate the Outreach Thrift Store in Gainesville.
- Missions Director
376-6992 ext. 204
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 bears. Andrea assists Pastor Mike in administrative and creative projects and helps with church event planning and marketing.
- Local Outreach Director
376-6992 ext. 211
Jon came from South Florida to attend school at UF, and after graduation and a year on the mission field, has decided to make Gainesville his home. Born and raised in a Messianic Jewish home, he has grown into a real disciple of Jesus. When not doing Outreach and discipling teenagers, you can often find him writing or performing music. Jon works at the Greenhouse Church helping to coordinate and oversee our outreach initiatives. He is head over heals, over the moon, to the stars, in love with his amazing wife Nancy.
- Technical Director
376-6992 ext. 217
Carey comes to us from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He has been in full time ministry for over 35 years. Carey has been a media and tech consultant for mega-ministries around the country. He also is a Emmy award winning freelance producer, director and technical producer for all the major TV networks. Carey is an ordained minister with the Church of God. A former Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he got his MA in communnications studies. He loves to teach and train people what he has learned over years and is excited about expanding our tech department.
376-6992 ext. 202
- Ministry Assistant
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 is the assistant to the Executive Pastor and also helps in coordinating weekend services, Breakthrough, and the development of future satellite churches.
376-6992 ext. 210
- Facilities Director/Deacon
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. He presently serves as the Treasurer on the Deacon board. Tim is married to Tracey, the receptionist at the Greenhouse Church, and they have two children, T.J. & Leah.
376-6992 ext. 203
- Operations Assistant
Betty has been with the Greenhouse Church for over 20 years and has enjoyed many roles during that time. She currently serves as Operations Assistant. She has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and has been married to her husband, David, for over 35 years.
376-6992 ext. 205
Sherry is responsible for the bookkeeping for our church. She is available during the week from 8AM - 3PM.
376-6992 ext. 201
When you call in to the church during the week, it is Tracey's sweet and helpful voice that greets you. Tracey has been serving you and our church for over two years, and her passion is truly serving the community through providing the information that you need. Also a One Way Worker, Tracey is ridiculously happily married to her husband Tim, and has two children, TJ and Leah.
- Worship Leader
Ryan is a lover of God whose heart beats to see lives completely transformed by the revolutionary news of Jesus. Feeling a strong pull to fellow college students, he spends a considerable amount of time involved with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries on UF campus. Ryan is a passionate worshiper who operates from the conviction that every time of worship is an opportunity to glimpse God's glory. He leads worship at our Lincoln Campus.
376-6992 ext. 231
- Youth Ministry Operations and Creative Assistant
Jared began following Jesus in high school after growing up in a Jewish household and now loves Jesus more than anything else. He manages the operations of SWEAT, Greenhouse Church's youth ministry and helps coordinate the IMPACT tutoring progrma at Lincoln Middle School. A student at the University of Florida, Jared loves discipling teenagers, ethnic foods, learning musical instruments, rapping, Gospel music, writing, Converse sneakers, and reading.
376-6992 ext. 213
- Microchurch Administrative Assistant
Stephanie was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, FL and moved to Gainesville in 2010 to attend the University of Florida pursuing a degree in Early Childhood, Special Education. She has been serving at the Lincoln Campus and as a microchurch leader for about 3 years now. Most recently, Stephanie served in the Greenhouse Church Summer Internship program before coming on staff. Stephanie has a passion for worshipping Jesus and intercession, specifically for college students on UF’s campus. She assists Pastor Matt and Renee in administrative projects for microchurches.
- Lincoln Ministry Assistant
Anthea was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Fl. Her senior year of high school she meet the Lord through a Breakthrough at Greenhouse. She move to Gainesville to attend school, and is studying linguistics. She has a love for dancing, cultural food, and reading.
Jorge Munoz was born in Guatemala, but grew up in Texas. After serving in the military, he relocated to Gainesville where he married his beautiful bride, Lisa. The Greenhouse Church was the place Jorge committed his life to his Lord Jesus Christ. Jorge and Lisa now lead a Microchurch in their home on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Born in India into a Christian family, I knew how to go through the motions. I was part of the church, but not saved until my second year in college. My initial years at the Greenhouse Church laid the spiritual foundation for my wife Anita and me. My faith in the Lord has never wavered since. I am actively involved in the church, helping as an usher in the morning services & ministering at work on a daily basis.
Ken and his wife Priscilla have been married since 2009 and have a wonderful toddler, Emmanuel. Ken is the senior estimator at Perry Roofing and loves to spend time outdoors. Ken and Pris are involved in our Lincoln Campus services.
Bernice and his wife, Sharon, are from "Cajun Country", South Louisiana. He has been a follower of Christ for 39 years, from the "Jesus Movement" in the early 70's. Bernice is retired from the USDA, Wildlife Services where he served as State Director for Florida and Puerto Rico. He is presently serving as a Board Member for the "Gleanings of the Harvest Ministry."
Chris and his wife, Amber, have been married for 18 years and have 4 children, Allyson, Erin, Megan, and Jack. Chris is a local business owner, and he and Amber lead a Microchurch.
Eric was raised in a Jewish family and had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel. A few years later, at 15, he started to follow Jesus and has been captivated by his love ever since. He graduated from UF, has 2 children named Ari and Brielle, and runs a real estate brokerage in town.
I grew up in the aisle of the little Episcopal church in Melrose, FL, but it wasn't until college that Jesus truly captured my heart and I began running after Him wholeheartedly. I feel like I have found my niche as a Microchurch leader here at Greenhouse. I am so thankful for the ways God has brought healing into mine & my wife's lives through being involved and now leading a Microchurch. We look forward to years to come.
While I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized as a child, the relationships and community formed as a member of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship during my time at the University of Florida served as catalysts in the rededication of my life to Christ and the growth of my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. These changes were further solidified by my experience at Breakthrough in the summer of 2008. Through these experiences, as well as car accidents, fertility struggles, and miscarriages, the Lord has granted me the confidence to say that my life, well being and future, and that of my wife, rest squarely in the hands of my God, who is much greater than any obstacle we might face.