The dream of The Crowded House Network began as a group of ten young adults meeting in the home of Jeremy and Crystal Penn. This small gathering of visionary young people began meeting in October 2014 as an experimental community. This small gathering committed to live out the practices of the ancient church as described in the book of Acts. The group always planned on expanding and launching new communities with similar values throughout Central Florida. After meeting for over two years, the small gathering made the decision to be a missionary church-planting network that worked in partnership with institutional churches to establish a network of fresh expressions of the church.
The Crowded House Network launched as an independent church network in January 2017. The network currently has three fully realized house churches. We also gather together on the first and third Sundays of every month to worship and proclaim the word as a community. The network is also establishing itself as the tangible presence of Christ in various community establishments throughout Central, FL.
Jeremy and Crystal have been married for 15 years. They have been involved in para-church and church ministry for all of those fifteen years.
Jeremy writes on his personal blog found on this page. He holds degrees from Vennard College and Talbot School of Theology. Jeremy also works bi-vocationally in the insurance field.
Crystal is a science teacher at Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, FL. She has degrees in various science fields, Bible, and education from numerous colleges.
Jeremy and Crystal enjoy traveling, offering hospitality, watching movies on Netflix, and exploring Florida. They are the parents of Riley and Phoenix.
Julie and Jonathan have been married for 16 years. They have been a part of The Crowded House Network since it launched in January of 2017.
Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 7 years. Julie now works as a substitute teacher in addition to her role within the network as the Minister of Missional Engagement.
Jonathan has worked for 19 years as an engineer/project manager for Siemens Energy. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
Julie and Jonathan enjoy the beach, vacation with family, inviting others into their home, and watching the Florida State Seminoles play. They are the parents of Gabrielle, Travis, and Kate.
The Crowded House Network is a network of churches
that gather in homes, coffee shops, bars, and bookstores across Central Florida.