Our Church Relationship

We welcome people of all faiths. We are continually providing opportunities to nurture our residents’ spiritual well-being. Each resident is respected for his or her own spiritual choices, and our supportive community provides the freedom to express individual beliefs. We foster continuing relationships with local churches, and celebrate the traditions and practices of all denominations.

We offer many ways for you to enhance your spiritual life:

  • Ordained Presbyterian Church USA Pastor
  • Sunday Morning Worship
  • Sunday Evening Vespers
  • Spiritual Life Retreat
  • Weekly Bible Study
  • Weekly Centering Prayer and Meditation
  • Support Groups
  • Pastoral Care for residents and their families
  • Baptisms
  • Weddings
  • Services to celebrate and memorialize

Our Presbyterian Heritage

We were founded by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, and were originally owned by the Synod of the South Atlantic, supported solely by contributions from Presbyterian churches throughout Florida. In 1966, we were incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. We remain focused on encouraging our residents to embrace life and to pursue fulfillment through vital involvement and honoring the wisdom of each other.

History of our Senior Care

What today has become Florida Presbyterian Homes began in early 1955 when a pastor was called in to visit Erwin Howland in the Lakeland Terrace Hotel. Erwin had just come out of the hospital, was over 80, and was tired of living in a hotel – he wanted a place more like home. With his subsequent gift and contributions from others, a six-room house was purchased to provide care and a place to live for 10 seniors. Since then, our retirement community has expanded to serve over 300 residents on a 48-acre lakeside campus.

The history of our community revolves around the extraordinary people who have lived here and the dedicated staff that provides the highest level of senior care. “Our residents think of this as their home, not an institution,” were the words of our founder, Dr. Monte Johnson. And that’s what we have always been, a home where older adults can live out their dreams in a loving Christian community.

© 2014 Florida Presbyterian Homes
16 Lake Hunter Drive - Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-688-5521 or Marketing: 863-577-6001