Our Staff

Pastoral Staff and Ministry Directors

Mike Patz

Mike Patz

 - Lead Pastor

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376-6992 ext.

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

Robbie Johnson

 - Executive Pastor

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376-6992 ext. 220

Robbie encountered the love of Jesus in 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. 


Maru Opabola

Maru Opabola

 - Operations Director

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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.


Matt Ulrich

Matt Ulrich

 - Microchurch Pastor

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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.


Michael Lugones

Michael Lugones

 - Youth Pastor

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376-6992 ext. 229

"Michael was born in Miami, Florida and grew up 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 three amazing children, Micah, Amelia, and Ezra."


Jason Dressel

Jason Dressel

 - Children's Pastor

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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.


Ryan Beacher

Ryan Beacher

 - Lincoln Campus Pastor

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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. Find out more about the Lincoln Campus by visiting www.lincolncampus.info.


Bobby Sasser

Bobby Sasser

 - Kanapaha Campus Pastor

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376-6992 ext.

Born and raised in Pensacola, Fl, Bobby grew up hearing about God, but it wasn't until his late teen years that he experienced a life changing relationship with Jesus. From that moment, he was immersed into a life of discipleship through his church's leadership. Following the call, he began serving his church full time. After school and ministry training, he married his beautiful wife Cat and they moved to Tennessee to be youth pastors. After building the youth ministry where they were serving, they felt lead to move back to Florida to be closer to family and serve at Greenhouse Church. After volunteering in Greenhouse’s youth ministry for some time, they’ve happily landed at Kanapaha Campus where Bobby is Campus Pastor. They have two quickly growing boys, Ezra and Elijah. They consider it an honor to be serving together as a part of the Greenhouse Community.


Joel Romelus

Joel Romelus

 - University Campus Director

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376-6992 ext.

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 Church in the fall of 2010 at Breakthrough Weekend. After he completed his bachelor’s degree in business management/international business, he moved to Gainesville to participate in a 10-month pastoral internship with Greenhouse Church. Joel currently serves as University Campus Director, 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.


Steve Adams

Steve Adams

 - Director of Music

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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.


Danielle Jeannite

Danielle Jeannite

 - Nursery Director

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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.


Eric Dinius

Eric Dinius

 - Internship Director

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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!


Mike Lane

Mike Lane

 - Church Online Director/Youth Staff

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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 in a BIG way. 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 four years. Mike is married to his childhood bestfriend and love his life, Danielle. 


Czar Derequito

Czar Derequito

 - Greenhouse South Florida Campus Pastor

Czar Derequito
376-6992 ext.

Czar was born in Iloilo, Philippines. Being raised in a Christian home, he came to know Jesus at a young age, but grew as a disciple when he became a part of Greenhouse.  While studying at the University of Florida, Czar served in multiplying microchurches and training leaders, an experience which morphed his life and other young men to be passionate about following Jesus. He moved to South Florida in 2010 and married his exotic wife, Cindy. Greenhouse South Florida became an official extension of GH microchurches in January 2011. Currently, he and Cindy live in Davie, Florida and have two princesses, Zoe and Emi. Czar enjoys the arts, open spaces, extreme sports, good movies, telling stories, riddles, eating, and going on adventures with Jesus.


Renee Handtke

Renee Handtke

 - Women's Microchurch Coordinator & Breakthrough Director

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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.  


Tom Brenneman

Tom Brenneman

 - Generations Pastor

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376-6992 ext.

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.


Carey Goin

Carey Goin

 - Technical Director

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376-6992 ext. 217

Carey has been in full time ministry since 1978. He is an ordained mininster 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, like Emmy's, Grammy's, Dove's, Addys, as a producer, director. He was a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a decade where he got his Master's of Arts in Communnications 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.


Andrea Levings

Andrea Levings

 - Missions Director

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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. 


Wendy Roche

Wendy Roche

 - Local Outreach Coordinator

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376-6992 ext. 209

Wendy was raised in Haiti, then moved to West Palm Beach, FL in her early teenage years. In 2006, she came to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, which is where God radically transformed her life. While at UF, she earned a degree in 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 youth, rise to their full potential and know their identity in Christ. Currently, Wendy helps oversee and coordinate the different local outreach programs in East Gainesville.


Kurt Rosenhauer

Kurt Rosenhauer

 - Local Outreach Coordinator

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376-6992 ext. 209

Kurt was raised in Palm Valley, FL. He moved to Gainesville in 2008 to pursue his education at UF, and this was where Jesus radically changed his life. Kurt graduated from UF with a degree in Biology. After finishing his degree, he completed the Greenhouse Internship before coming on staff. Kurt has an innate passion for people and nations, and deeply wants to see the gospel spread locally and internationally. Kurt works at Greenhouse to help oversee and coordinate local outreach with a specific focus in the southwest region of Gainesville.  He loves everything outdoors, as well as anything recreationally to do with ocean life.




Administrative Staff

Tim Welch

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376-6992 ext. 213

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, the receptionist at the Greenhouse Church, and they have two children, T.J. & Leah.


Julie Pagan

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376-6992 ext. 202

Julie Pagan

 - 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.


Betty Wilkinson

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376-6992 ext. 203

Betty Wilkinson

 - 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.


Sherry Strickland

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376-6992 ext. 205

Sherry Strickland

 - Bookkeeper

Sherry is responsible for the bookkeeping for our church. She is available during the week from 8AM - 3PM.


Ryan Galloway

Ryan Galloway

 - 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.


Max Petion

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376-6992 ext.

Max Petion

 - Worship Leader

Max was born and raised in Miami, FL to Haitian parents. He has been in Gainesville since 2005 and has been attending Greenhouse Church ever since. His influences in worship music are Israel Houghton, Anthony Evans, BJ Putnam, William McDowell, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Planetshakers, and the list goes on. He strongly desires to see people healed and transformed through worship as they encounter the presence of God and the love of Jesus. Max is married to his beautiful wife Jenn and they have two amazingly handsome boys Markus James and Jaxon James.


Michael Davis

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376-6992 ext.

Michael Davis

 - Worship Leader

Michael grew up in Tampa and has been leading worship for the past 7 years. He moved here in July of 2013 due to feeling a call towards church planting and the disciple-making, “Acts church” vision that Greenhouse pursues.  He graduated from Southeastern University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Practical Theology and a minor in business. He also runs a recording studio and gives music lessons on guitar, bass, and drums. Michael has a Worship EP available on iTunes and other online stores.


Danely Jimenez

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376-6992 ext. 210

Danely Jimenez

 - Microchurch Administrative Assistant

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. 


Tracey Welch

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376-6992 ext. 201

Tracey Welch

 - Receptionist

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.




Deacons

Chris Jetté

Chris Jetté

 - Deacon

I accepted Jesus as my savior in third grade at a Christian summer camp. It turns out that my mom and step-dad did the same while I was away. Shortly after coming home from camp, all three of us were baptized on the same day. While I have never lost my faith, during high-school and college following Jesus was not one of my top priorities. After coming to Gainesville in 1992 for graduate school and meeting Monica, I once again began regularly attending church. Gradually, my faith began to move back to the center of my life. Monica and I have been blessed with 3 children. What originally brought us to the Greenhouse Church was the children and youth ministries. We are so thankful for the leaders that have poured into our children over the past 3+ years. Recently, my family and I have been leading worship at the Greenhouse at GRACE service. We have built some wonderful relationships and it has been awesome watching God work in the lives of some in this homeless community.


Nick Schmidt

Nick Schmidt

 - Deacon

Nick Schmidt has been going to Greenhouse church since 1997. He met his wife in the youth group and they now have four kids. Both Nick and his wife, Mary gave their lives to the Lord at Greenhouse church. They currently lead a Microchurch and a Business Leaders group at church.


Dan Barousse

Dan Barousse

 - Deacon

Dan grew up on the mission field in Siberia, where his parents still serve, but returned to the States before high school. His life was truly transformed for Christ at a summer camp in Panama City beach. He moved to Gainesville in 2008 to attend UF and study mechanical engineering. It was here that he and met his wife, Joanna, and got plugged in to Greenhouse. He and Joanna lead a microchurch. Dan is a manufacturing engineer at RTI Surgical. 


Kevin Aceveo

Kevin Aceveo

 - Deacon

Kevin and his Wife Sarah have been married for 27 years; have two adult children and two Grandchildren. They have been active in Teen Ministry for over 23 years, served on multiple boards and have also been very involved at First Assembly Gainesville (before it was Greenhouse).They served Pastor Mike and Pastor Robbie for several years before moving to St. Augustine for 10 years. While there, they served at Christ the Redeemer Church, Ponte Vedra. They also both served at Youth Quake Live (a teen ministry designed to inspire young people to fulfil their God-given destiny through life-changing entertainment) for over 6 years. They have since moved back to Gainesville for over a year and are honored to be serving together as a part of the Greenhouse Community. Kevin works for Unilever Food Solutions as their equipment manager for North America.


John Stephen

John Stephen

 - Deacon

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.


Eric Leightman

Eric Leightman

 - Deacon

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.


Gram Alsobrook

Gram Alsobrook

 - Deacon

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.


James Gravesen

James Gravesen

 - Deacon

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.


Larry Goodall

Larry Goodall

 - Deacon

Larry and his wife Lorri were married in Auckland, New Zealand in 1991 and they have three sons, Joe, Andy and Noah. Larry is a mechanical engineer and he loves to make things work well. He likes riding motorcycles and enjoys a good cup of hot tea. His family has attended the Greenhouse Church since 2007. Larry serves with the Worship Arts team as an audio technician.


Kraig Gregory

Kraig Gregory

 - Deacon

Kraig Gregory was born in Chicago, Illinois, raised as a Catholic, but developed a life long relationship with Christ while in college at Iowa State University. There he became a member and was baptized at The Body of Christ Christian Worship Center, a non-denominational Christian church in Ames, IA. There he served in many capacities during his twenty years there. In his fifth year in Ames he met his wife Robin, whom he married in 1998, and they have two beautiful children, Spencer and Gabrielle. Kraig works for Nationwide Insurance. He has been at Greenhouse Church for more than four years and currently serves in the Sound Vision ministry and his wife sings on the worship team at the Kanapaha campus.


Jim Wally

Jim Wally

 - Deacon

After giving my life to Jesus in high school, I struggled a lot to find a community to be passionate about Jesus with. I was so thrilled when I found Green House Church after moving to Gainesville, in 2007 to attend UF. I have had the privilege of serving in SWEAT, the youth group, for the past 6 years where I served with and eventually married my wife, Laura. I'm currently working on research toward my master's in environmental engineering.