Transform Your Future

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


We partner with Southeastern University to host an instructional site on our church campus and offer various college degree programs.

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!

Explore Our Degrees

In partnership with Southeastern University, we offer a wide range of degree programs 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 of serving in the local church.

Ministry Programs

AA Ministerial Leadership 

BS Ministerial Leadership – Bible Studies

BS Ministerial Leadership – Christian Ministry

BS Ministerial Leadership – Pastoral Care & Counseling

BS Ministerial Leadership – Worship Ministries

Other Programs

AA General Education 

AA Education 

BS Business Administration 

BS Communication & Mass Media 

BS Criminal Justice

BS Digital Media & Design 

BS Human Services 

BS Organizational Leadership 

BS Psychology

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

Jon Laurenzo

GCLI President

Matt Higgins

GCLI Director

Karisa Robino

GCLI Coordinator