Katie sinks back into the couch and reflects on her involvement at Lakeland, an experience that started when she was a child.

“I’ve been involved in two small groups, one for two or three years and the other one for it’s second season. My small groups were perfect for me and the time of my life that I was in.” A quick smile flashes across her face. “It’s hard to be an adult in a church you were a kid in, not that you’re not treated as one but it’s hard.”

She smiles at her son and daughter, who are playing nearby. “Having kids myself now, and networking with other people, helped force me to be more social. My small group treated me like a human. I needed to be around people that did have their feet firmly in the ground with church but also didn’t know my history. I was able to share my life and where I was currently at. I could work my way back versus them knowing everything and having their own view of it. That was very helpful.”


Her smile grows wider. “And then just through the divorce I found a new job through my small groups, one I feel like I’m supposed to be at. I feel like right now I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and I haven’t felt like that in a long time.”

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

-Psalms 20:4



About My Stories

Every month Pastor Marta Gillilan and members of the Lakeland Social Media Team interview an individual, couple or family. From struggles in faith to joyful events, Lakelanders are sharing their stories through the “Humans of Lakeland” blog series. Get to know the people who call Lakeland home.