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 burgeoning adults as they navigate life in college and after graduation.

Hannah has embraced the young men and women who make up The River, including attending events like “The Last Chance High School Dance,” The Exit Room, First Fridays in the Crossroads District and trips to the Louisburg Cider Mill.

But when asked about what she loves so much about The River, Hannah shares that while the social aspect is fun, it’s the support for her navigating life with with Christ that means the most.

“The River has been a place for me to grow spiritually. You do life with them and go through the highs and lows with them and they’re there for you. They support you with wherever you’re at and let you feel whatever you want to feel.”


She pauses, her voice growing thick as she reflects on the support and love this incredible group of men and women have provided for her. “I always worked to experience God, and coming to that point where I was just okay,  just letting him show me who He is, that was awesome.”

“The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still.”

-Exodus 14: 14

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.