We help grow people
(in difficult places).
Greenhouses help plants thrive in impossible situations. Similarly, we seek to incubate long-term transformation of individuals, families, and communities in difficult areas. How do we do that? By living where we work, loving our neighbors, and supporting urban renewal.
How did this project begin?
With an interaction with God.
Pastor John came to Chester, PA, from prison to recover. After a drug addiction, Chester became his home while experiencing homelessness. A local Christ centered discipleship program accepted him into their recovery program. While volunteering, he learned to help meet the immediate and physical needs of those around him through: food, shelter, clothing, and other generous donations.
However, after a decade of work, he realized an integral piece was missing — lasting transformation.
He saw the same people coming in for aid or assistance time and time again. Ten years later, there were the same needs, and no sustainable solutions for lasting change.
So we bought a house.
Why? Because real transformation only happens in a community in which lives are shared. This is what happened to John. He was given a second chance when people saw value in him while he had nothing to offer. Through Biblical training and loving neighbors, John was challenged to give back and help the “next person”. Many development programs meet urgent needs and people in crisis, but Greenhouse Project is focused on relationships through immersion to create a lasting impact. We live with, assess, and navigate solutions to a plethora of challenges with marginalized people so that we, as mentors, can nurture them long-term into life-giving persons and sustainable families.
This kind of impact is what changes a city. A generation. A nation.
President, Greenhouse Project
Who We Are
Our mission is to empower people to lead long-term economic and spiritual transformation in urban communities. As a result, we help people grow in difficult places.
The vision is to cultivate lifelong disciples, leaders, and advocates who will transform local communities. We believe when you fall in love with Jesus and the local community, individuals & families are transformed, churches are unified, cultures are reconciled, and neighborhoods are forever changed. We do this by living where we work, loving our neighbors, empowering youth and supporting economic and spiritual renewal.
1. Faith: We actively live out our faith by loving God and people
2. Justice: We seek awareness and action
3. Education: We see education and truth as power
4. Diversity: We are committed to healing dividing lines
5. Neighborhoods: We make long term commitments to areas and seek renewal
6. Solidarity: We share in the joys and struggles of others
7. Partnerships: We grow by gleaning from local leaders
8. Service: We use our gifts to lift up others
9. Community: We develop authentic relationships
10. Wellness: We pursue wellness in body, mind, and spirit
What We Believe
We believe in the Bible as the divinely-inspired Word of God, the revelation of His mind and will to man, our infallible, all sufficient guide for salvation and for the Christian life.
We believe in one God, the Creator of all, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and that He had a perfect and sinless humanity.
We believe in the depravity of the nature of man through his fall in the Garden of Eden, and the absolute inability of man to save himself from eternal punishment by his own works.
We believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary, through which sacrifice Christ has affected complete and eternal redemption, God setting His seal of approval on the work of Christ by raising Him from among the dead and enthroning Him at His own right hand in Heaven; He is the Head of the Church, the Lord of the individual, the High Priest over the House of God and advocate in the family of God.