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Meet Svend & Katy

Svend and Katy love people and love Tampa. They met in 1987 in college and got married in August of 1989 while attending the University of Florida. Svend graduated from UF with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Katy graduated from UF with a B.S. degree in Finance.  


Svend was ordained into the Ministry by The Rock of Gainesville where he served for twenty years under the leadership of Pastor George Brantley, founding and lead pastor of The Rock of Gainesville. Svend has led and developed ministries in middle school, high school, college, and young adults.  He has overseen youth conferences and worship team recordings.  In 2012 God began stirring Svend’s heart to birth a church.  Through much prayer and conversations between Svend, Katy, and Pastor George the vision to birth Lifesong Church came into focus.  Svend and Katy are blessed to be sent to Tampa by The Rock of Gainesville and look forward to representing the heartbeat of The Rock in the Tampa area.  

Katy has homeschooled their three sons during their early years.  In 2004 she began teaching at The Rock School as her passion is truly teaching.  Along with teaching she has served with Svend in ministry for twenty years.  Katy has led parenting workshops and has a passion to see good marriages become great marriages and enjoys teaching women.

Svend & Katy have three sons.  Scottie played basketball for the University of Florida and currently is playing professionally overseas.  Mitchell is a Senior and plays basketball for Wake Forest University.  Andrew graduated from The Rock School and is a sophomore at Husson University in Bangor, Maine in the PhD Physical Therapy program.