Marta Gillilan  Pastor


Marta grew up as a “Military Brat” and moved around quite a bit in her early childhood before her family settled in a small town in Missouri.  She attended the University of Missouri- Columbia and received her degree in English Education.  Marta has taught Language Arts in a variety of schools including 3 years in a Department of State school in Sofia, Bulgaria and in the Lee’s Summit School District.   She became a Christian through a para-church ministry at Mizzou and has since been involved in ministry to some degree.  After serving in Children’s Ministry and as a ruling Elder at Lakeland, Marta attended Fuller Seminary and received a Master’s in Global Leadership degree.  Marta is married to Stephen (almost 22 years now!) and has a daughter Haley (20) and a son Nathan (17).  Marta’s pastoral role includes:  Small Groups, Fully Participating Membership process, welcoming ministries, equipping and developing and any other pastoral duties as assigned.

Personal Memory

Steve and I took a trip to Australia after our first year of marriage.  It was pretty much perfect- except for the getting seasick on a boat part…
The first Lakeland service in our current building.


I love to attend the theater.  I prefer musical theater but plays and musical performances are great as well.  I love to watch movies and have a recent penchant for documentaries.  I like to be with my family as much as I can as they tend to be all going separate ways.  But anything done with friends is my favorite thing to do.  I like game or movie nights.    I love playing “Trivia Crack” and yes- I still play “Words with Friends”.