Unicorn Cakes and hidden passions

We’ve loved spending the month of October learning about Hannah Parrish, an incredible...
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Retreats and Contemplation

We’re sitting with Hannah Parrish in Lakeland’s lobby, relaxing on the leather sofas as she shares her story. Hannah shares that she’s recently committed to participating in another ministry: Women’s Contemplative Retreats. She leans forward, hands clasped...

Hannah’s River Community

Hannah stays busy at Lakeland, from retreats to volunteering with the church’s youth. One group she especially joins being a part of is The River. From worship nights and prayer to dances and field trips to local events, The River provides a haven for...

Hannah’s Lakeland Family

Hannah Parrish walks into Lakeland, her calm nature and maturity belying her youth. Dressed in a classic black sweater and matching black and white sneakers, the gentle smile she shares with the interview team provides a glimpse into the young woman who...

A World Traveler

As we wrap up our interview with Jenn Beard, Pastor Marta asks about Jenn’s frequent trips around the globe. “You appear to everyone that you’re a world traveler, always on the go, not enough time to get with you, that you’re worldly and super smart.” A...

Praise Through Song

Jenn Beard leans back into the cushions of the sofa, her gaze sliding away as she reminisces on how the worship team has become like her family over the years. “It’s been a rotating cast of characters over the years, but we spend a couple days together...

The Duplex Audition

Jenn Beard relaxes on one of the leather sofas in Lakeland’s lobby. Along with traveling and staying connected to friends and family, Jenn is an active member of Lakeland’s worship team. Not only does her voice harmonize beautifully with the other singers,...

Ocean Girl in the Midwest

Jenn Beard bounces into Lakeland with a positive energy that inspires a smile you can’t keep from spreading across your face. In a pink, green and red striped sundress and tan sandals, she defines summer and doesn’t let the heat of the day slow her down....

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 incredible young woman and mother. When we ask what she wants to share, Katie laughs. “This was a hard one. My first is probably that many don’t realize I have a twin...

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,...

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