We’re Creating a Refreshing New Church, for a New Community

Panel 1

About Us

I’m Brian, a United Methodist pastor, and I am following God’s leading to start a new church in growing west Orange County. I previously pastored at United Methodist Churches in Ormond Beach and Orlando. This new adventure in west Orange has me thrilled beyond words and feels to me like the culmination of all my past experiences. The abundance of houses being built is a clear reminder that we naturally gather into a community. I want to create the kind of church that allows us to thrive in life. To do that, we need God’s help.

One of the amazing people helping to start this venture is my wife Melanie. She’s worked in the past with Disney, as a Director in Early Childhood Education, and much more. Ask her about some of the things she has done. Now, she is a full-time mom raising, teaching, and loving our two kiddos. Melanie and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. But, our story goes back to 2001, when we first met on the Walt Disney World College Program.

Melanie is a Florida-born , Georgia-raised girl. I am a Florida transplant, originally from Virginia Beach, an average surfer, and a pretty good woodworker. Find Melanie on Facebook and Instagram @MelGryzen

Citrus Church is in the second season of development. Our focus is gathering and forming the Launch Team to prepare to launch worship. If you want to learn more, and how you can connect; email, text, call, or find Brian on Facebook and Instagram  @RevJohnsonBrian.

Newsletter Sign UpFacebookInstagram

Panel 2

The Plan

Season 1: Learning the Community

We will begin by immersing ourselves in the lives and stories already happening in west Orange County. My goal is to make connections, grow relationships, and seek out how Jesus is already at work in town.

Season 2: Gathering in Community: Current Season

Early on, we will be cultivating people interested in forming a new redemptive community in west Orange County. Look for monthly gatherings in different places to draw people together. If you are interested in joining this launch team, contact Brian.

Season 3: Launching the Community

When we sense God’s timing with a critical mass of people we will begin to launch a weekly worship service.

Season 4: Living as Community

While the worship service is a key part of a church, it is not the sole focus. In fact, launching a new church is not the end, but the beginning. We will continue to grow, adapt, and engage positively in west Orange County.

Panel 3

Location & Contact

Meet-Up Locations

Share your story or learn more about Citrus Church by meeting Brian at one of his regular community spaces.  Email or text to set up a convenient time for your schedule.

Scribble Space
13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd #1080
Windermere, FL 34786

My French Cafe
7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100
Windermere, FL 34786


Brian Johnson – Pastor
(407) 614-7192 text/call

Panel 4

Our Mission

A Refreshing Invitation to Jesus