Fall Applications Due | Sunday, July 21st

GCLI Info Night

Tuesday, July 16th | 7 pm – 8 pm

Want to learn everything you need to know about Grace City Leadership Institute?
Both students and parents/guardians are invited to this night of answers to all of your questions regarding academics, financial aid, and everything else GCLI. 
Whether you have applied, been accepted, already committed, or are just interested in learning more about the program, you’ll walk away from GCLI Info Night feeling more confident than ever that GCLI is what’s next for you!

Transform Your Future

Equip yourself with a foundation of confidence, capability, and education to become a world leader. What's next starts now!


We offer a wide range of fully accredited degree programs through Southeastern University taught by a staff of vetted professors who are committed to helping you on the career path of your choice. 

Ministry Experience

Students will combine their world-class education with hands-on ministry experience to prepare themselves for making a lasting impact in the local community and beyond.

Learn + Serve Abroad

In addition to serving the church community and local missions efforts, students serve our global community through an international missions trip that is included in the cost of tuition.

Student Perks

Students are provided with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with apartment-style dorms, fun on-campus events, and even an annual theme park pass!

Fall Applications Due | Sunday, July 21st

Explore Our Degrees

We offer a wide range of fully accredited degree programs through Southeastern University taught by a staff of vetted professors who are committed to helping you on the career path of your choice. In addition to the education they will receive, our students will also develop a strong understanding of biblical principles and hands-on experience serving in the local church.



  • General Education
  • Ministerial Leadership
  • Business Administration
  • Business & Professional Leadership
  • Communication & Mass Media
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Media & Design
  • Education
  • Global Education
  • Human Services
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Ministerial Leadership – Biblical Studies
  • Ministerial Leadership – Christian Ministry
  • Ministerial Leadership – Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Ministerial Leadership – Worship Ministries


  • M.A. in Ministerial Leadership
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • MBA in Executive Leadership
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling

Introducing our GCLI Graduate Experience

We’ve expanded our degree options to include pursuing your Masters degree at Southeastern University through our program. Affordable degree options, more flexible schedules, and new housing options combine with our trusted hands-on ministry experience and world-class leadership teaching at Grace City Church. The GCLI Graduate Experience is your opportunity to take your education to the next level.

Dedicated Leaders

During your internship with Grace City Leadership Institute, you will work alongside many of our staff and leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in the city of Lakeland and around the world.

We are excited to get to know you and work alongside you to create environments where people are encouraged and inspired to draw closer to God, connect with others in meaningful life-giving relationships, and discover their gifts to use them for the betterment of others.

Andrew Gard

Senior Pastor

Christina Gard

Senior Pastor

Matt Higgins

GCLI Director

Kimber Burke

GCLI Coordinator

Genesis Pitts

GCLI Experience Director