Part 4 of Katie’s story: Fun facts!

We wanted to wrap up our last post with Katie by sharing three fun facts about this...
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Part 3 of Katie’s Story: Children

Katie has brought her daughter, Izzy, and her son, Joey, to Lakeland while she shares her story with us. Her love for her children is evident in the joy in her eyes as she watches them. “It's just amazing to me to see how their minds are soaking up what...

The impact of small groups as told by Katie Gentile

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...

Leaning on God

Katie Gentile is a young mother with bright golden hair and a calm demeanor that instantly makes you feel at ease. On the day we meet with her, she’d just come from the Lee’s Summit St. Patrick’s Day parade. Her daughter, Izzy, is decked out in green,...

Charles Brooks’ Worship Experience at Lakeland

Not only have we appreciated our fellow Lakelanders sharing their incredible stories, but we enjoy learning what aspects of worship help strengthen their relationship with God. One of our favorite questions to ask: do Lakelanders enjoy preaching, music,...

Charles Brooks: My Favorite thing at Lakeland

Charles Brooks and his wife Paula have been coming to Lakeland for three years. When asked what his favorite thing about Lakeland is, a wide smile crosses his face. We left a church that we had been at for 25 years and we were trying to figure out where to...

Charles Brooks on ballet shoes and Jeopardy

Charles Brooks knows a little about the challenges of ballet. After all, he broke his foot when he jumped off a desk wearing ballet shoes. “I was a teacher, and just to clarify there was no tutu. There’s also no pictures,” he adds with a laugh....

Humans of Lakeland: Getting to Know Steve

“I started coming to Lakeland in 2001 when it was in the movie theater.” Steve cocks his head to the side as he reflects on the beginning of his journey with Lakeland, a slight smile on his face. “Some of my favorite memories are when we first started...

My Story Snapshot: Tracie and Steve

Tracie McCary sits on the couch in the Lakeland lobby. She’s sporting red sneakers and a shirt that reads “Happy,” a suitable adjective for a woman with bouncy curls and a quick smile. Next to her sits Steve Thompson, a fellow Lakelander and Tracie’s...

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