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, but her...

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. She takes a...

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 brother. When we...

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 they’re...

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, including a...