When God Protects Us

We’re chatting with Lisa, a Lakelander who stays active with the church’s youth and...
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“You’re In the Right Place”

Lisa Hontz is a familiar face around Lakeland’s church. When she sits down with us, she’s dressed in sneakers and blue jeans. Brunette curls frame her face. Her answers are succinct, speaking to the organization and effective leadership skills we see in...

Being Involved in Lakeland Has Been a Blessing

We’ve enjoyed speaking with Mary Holeman, our most recent My Story Lakelander. To wrap up our interview, we ask Mary how she stays involved at Lakeland. “There’s a lot,” Mary says with a big smile. “I’m a greeter/usher, and I like helping out in the...

What Mary Loves about Lakeland

It’s not uncommon to hear our community mention the unique, fun elements that make Lakeland home. From Star Wars references to our worship team’s incredible rendition of “Africa” by Toto, we’ve heard many incredible stories over the years. But as we chat...

Getting to Know Mary

It’s fitting that Mary Holeman is our March Lakeland story. On our interview day, she brings spring into the Lakeland lobby with an emerald green tunic, sparkly netted shawl and green socks with pink flamingos. With a soft green nail polish and red lips...

Bring a Broken Crayon Brings Joy

William Howard is sharing the shocking and yet joyful trip he took to Haiti in 2014 with other members of Lakeland. “The first night we were in Haiti they said ‘don’t drink the water.’” He makes a face. “And I stuck my toothbrush under the water and had to...

Joy in Times of Nothing

We’re sitting with William Howard in the Lakeland lobby. William is a familiar face at Lakeland with his service to the Kiosk team. But those aren’t the only ways William has stayed involved. Almost every year, a team from Lakeland partners with others...

Lakeland’s Movie Theater Past

We’re sitting down with William Howard for our My Story interview. William relaxes on the leather sofas with Pastor Marta. While we loved learning about William’s beautiful family and his passion for music, we switch over to a deeper topic: struggling with...

Getting to know William

To kick off our interview, Pastor Marta asks William to share a little about himself and his history regarding his faith. William leans forward, his voice deep and tinged with humbleness. “I grew up in church. My mom was the church organist and pianist. My...

When God Speaks

January is an interesting dichotomy. A chance for a fresh start and to hit the reset button on goals, both old and new. But this year it’s also ushered in frigid temperatures and icy conditions reminiscent of either a winter wonderland or a frozen tundra,...

God’s Creativity

We’re chatting with Wendy in the Lakeland lobby. Wendy and Marta relax on one of the brown leather sofas as Wendy shares her adventurous side.  “I scuba dive.” She chuckles. “I did take a risk and packed up and moved to Hawaii. I’ve worked for an...

Loving Lakeland

“I just love the people at Lakeland.” Meet Wendy Calvert, an active Lakelander with a bright smile and an adventurous spirit. When Wendy sits with us, gold earrings sparkle on her ears, partially hidden by her shoulder-length blonde bob. Dressed in a...

Unicorn Cakes and hidden passions

We’ve loved spending the month of October learning about Hannah Parrish, an incredible young woman whose faith and devotion are evident in her actions and words. We’ve already shared some of Hannah’s Lakeland activities. But when prompted to share the full...

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