Greenhouse Church is led by a team of elders. As an elder, Pastor Jared serves as senior pastor and his main responsibility is to cast vision, while the other elders work to execute the vision, encourage, counsel, and protect the church.
Pastor Jared serves as senior pastor. Jared and his wife Mandy were married in 1999 and take great joy in their five lovely children. Jared enjoys hanging out with his family, preaching, teaching, songwriting, playing rock and roll, hearing others play rock and roll, snowboarding, learning, reading, remodeling homes, and, on occasion, all at the same time.
In the Fall of 2002 after earning a BA in Education from KU, Jared joined a team to plant Life Mission Church in Olathe, Kansas. Jared served nine years as a pastor in the areas of worship, youth, and college ministries. Jared’s personal mission is to reveal, demonstrate, and communicate the Kingdom of God, through leading and serving. He was ordained in the Fall of 2010 by Resurrection Life Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was sent to plant Greenhouse Church.
Sean handles most of the church’s organization, communication, and administrative duties. Sean married Jillian in 2007 and they love living in Lawrence with their four kids. Sean became a follower of Jesus in 2005 under Pastor Jared’s leadership and quickly realized that he wanted to spend his life studying and teaching the Scriptures. Sean is a Colorado native with a degree in philosophy who enjoys reading, anything related to music, sports, and writing about himself in the third person.
Kristina studied English at KSU, and though Kristina still loves to write, she ultimately discovered that her heart is most invested in being a disciple of Jesus who gets excited about making more disciples. As the Program Coordinator, she creates social media content, assists with the youth ministry, and gets to work on a bunch of other cool stuff. Kristina is trained in trauma advocacy and crisis intervention, and has served Northeastern Kansas as an advocate in some capacity for over 15 years. Through the church, she continues to utilize her trauma support background to care for the community. Kristina loves seeing live music, collecting forgotten antiques, and being around loved ones (preferably all at the same time). She and her husband Ben have three fun kids who just keep getting older!
Kalah serves as the worship leader for Greenhouse Church. In 2007 Kalah graduated from Reign Ministries’ Kairos Discipleship School. Her and her husband David love living in Lawrence with their son. She is a faithful and passionate follower of Jesus, and has been a part of the team since planting the church!
Steve currently serves the Greenhouse family through teaching, coaching, and as a member of the board of elders. Steve is a husband, father, grandfather, and most importantly a follower of Jesus. Steve’s passion is to serve through coaching and training. His ministry background includes 23 years serving in Youth With a Mission, 10 years in pastoral work, and currently fills his time coaching ministry and business leaders.
Jenelle Prather oversees our school-aged ministry. She loves teaching and leading as well as building relationships with kids and their caregivers. Jenelle graduated summa cum laude from Barclay College in 2003 earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian education with a minor in Bible. She has served in kids’ ministry for over 15 years and is passionate about fostering a community of trust, belonging, understanding, safety, and joy for kids. Providing opportunities for kids to experience God and teaching them foundational truths are high priorities for our team.
Jenelle married her high school sweetheart, Nick, in 1999. They have 6 amazing kids. They enjoy watching and playing a multitude of sports together, hosting and attending rowdy parties, laughing at Dad’s jokes and stories, and late-night walks on the beach (wait, we are native Kansans, but it sure sounds nice).
Jenni leads the prayer team at Greenhouse and has been involved in prayer ministries for over 17 years. She is passionate about prayer and spiritual formation. Jenni studied Educational ministries, Bible and Theology and Fine Art at Wheaton College and loves bringing parts of those together to help people grow spiritually. She’s discovered delight in her own spiritual journey, as well as in walking alongside others in theirs. She loves praying with people and seeing the Holy Spirit minister. Jenni is married to Brian and they have three kids. She loves painting, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.