Leadership

Staff & Ministry Board

STAFF

Wesley Kouba

Lead Pastor

About Me: I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband of Katie and a dad to three amazing kids: Gentry, Creed & Mari. I’m an extrovert who loves to hangout with people. I’ve been described as practical, calculated and passionate.
Role on Staff: I serve Lakeside Church in discipling men and women through counseling, pastoral care, preaching, teaching and leadership development. I oversee the church staff and administrate the week-to-week tasks and responsibilities.
Hobbies: I love the great outdoors, primarily waterfowl hunting. I root for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago professional sports teams. I love music, good coffee and spending time with friends.
Favorite Books/Authors: Eugene Peterson, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Wendell Berry
Favorite Movies: Nacho Libre
Favorite Foods/Restaurants: Sushi, a good steak, and fish ’n chips

Mary Stewart

Administrative Assistant

About Me: I’m a Minnesota native and grew up in a nearby town where I met and married my husband, Ric. We relocated to Worthington in 1981 and have made it our home where we raised our three children, Lindsay, Andrew, and Alex.  All three are  raising their families in the Twin Cities.  We love to share the latest pics of our 7 awesome grandkids whenever asked. 🙂
Role on Staff: I serve in an administrative role in the Lakeside office which includes bookkeeping, managing the office and auxiliary staff positions. I also manage overall facility maintenance,  scheduling, and volunteers.
Hobbies: I love to read, garden, cook, travel and spend time with my grand-kids. My husband and I are also dog lovers with a Goldendoodle named Riley.
Favorite Books/Authors: In the past year, a couple of favorite reads and authors are In His Image by Jen Wilken and It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst. Tim Keller, C.S. Lewis, and Paul Tripp are also favorite authors.
Favorite Movies: I have many favorite movies and enjoy comedy classics like What About Bob? and Ground Hog Day. I also like a good murder mystery and the latest kid’s movies.  
Favorite Food/Restaurant: My husband and I love Chevy’s in Sioux Falls and a new favorite in Worthington is eating outside (on a nice day) at the Taco Truck.

Mike Moore

Executive Administrative Director

About Me:  I have been married to Gina for soon to be 43 years.  We have three grown children and two granddaughters.  I am retired after a 44 year retail management career.  I have tried to do my best to honor the Lord in all of those roles.
Hobbies: I have been a lifelong sports fan and enjoy following all the Minnesota teams. I also enjoy reading, biking, and lawn work/gardening with Gina.
Favorite Books/Authors: Two authors I really enjoy are Erik Larson and Joel Rosenberg.
Favorite Movies: Very hard to pick one movie as a favorite.  The most recent movie I have thoroughly enjoyed is “Yesterday”.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: I enjoy pretty much any food or restaurant but always look for the best BBQ ribs first.

Keri Ling

Facility Caretaker

About Me:  I grew up on a small hog farm in Hartley, IA with my dad, mom, and 2 siblings. I live in Round Lake with my husband Jason and son Kian. Kian keeps us going with sports. I also have another son and 5 step daughters and 5 grandchildren. I am a teacher at Prairie Elementary School and have a Bachelor's Degree in Education.
Hobbies:  I love to spend time with my family and love spending time outdoors. As a family we enjoy fishing and boating. I also enjoy spending time with our grandchildren as well as all children. As a family we also enjoy sporting events.
Favorite Movies: I enjoy movies based on true stories. Some recent ones are “Clouds” and “The Safety”. I like Disney and sports movies too.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: This is a tough one. I love to eat Chinese so love Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet. Also, I have always been a pasta lover so Olive Garden is another favorite.

Samantha Sampson

Children's Ministry Director

About Me: I grew up in Slayton, Minnesota and moved to Worthington in August of 2015. I have two children, Bella (10) and Roewan (3). I recently got married in August 2020 to Keeran. I currently work at Hi-Ho Preschool as a teacher's assistant as well as Assistant Director of Children's Ministry at Lakeside Church.
Hobbies: 
I enjoy spending time with my family, watching gymnastics meets and dance recitals, doing puzzles and going to Disney World. My family and I are Disney fanatics!
Favorite Books/Authors: My favorite book is  The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: I love fresh seafood and a medium-rare steak! :-)

Libby Ven Huizen

Worship & Creative Arts Director
About me: I was born and raised in Sheldon, Iowa, and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where I met my soon-to-be husband, Kyle. I love to goof around and laugh, but I can also be pretty quiet and reflective at times.
Hobbies: I've been called the 20-something "grandma" :) In my free time I like to read, write, bake, and play music. I am also a dance instructor part-time, and I love spending time with my family and fiancé by being outdoors and playing games.
Favorite TV Show/Movie: I'm a HUGE fan of Parks and Recreation, I've seen the whole show nearly 8 times. My favorite movie has to be Steel Magnolias or Hot Rod. One of my favorite books is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, but I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Carbs are my favorite :) Bread, pasta, you name it. I also love watermelon and peanut butter.

Jason Ling

Spiritual Formation Director
About me: I was born and raised in the Round Lake area. I spent several years in the Air Force traveling abroad but came back to my roots working many years in agriculture. My wife, Keri, my son Kian and I currently live back in Round Lake, along with three dogs. We have a total of 5 daughters and 2 sons between us. Keri now works as a kindergarten teacher at Prairie Elementary.
Hobbies: I am a fan of the great outdoors. This includes fishing, hiking, camping, and boating. I also enjoy sports, as a fan, father, and as part-time coach for some very talented upcoming athletes. I also enjoy music, especially outdoor events.
Favorite books and movies: I'm kind of a Sci-Fi geek, so Stars Wars is still high on my list. Along those same lines, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King are my favorite authors. I love to read and can appreciate many different books though.
Favorite food/Restaurant: I appreciate almost every food, but if it comes from the water, it's probably high on my list. A good sirloin is always welcomed as well. Hibachi Grill is probably my favorite restaurant as it has it all. Yes, even sushi.

MINISTRY BOARD

Jeff Beman

About Me: I am recently retired. Over my 49-year working career, I have served in the Marine Corps, and I was employed as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, as well as a janitor, a ditch digger, automotive parts and service, and working at Campbell’s Soup. Over the years I attended several colleges / universities part time, mostly while in the Marines. My high school sweetheart, Bonnie and I have been married over 45 years. We have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Ministries:  Bonnie and I helped plant a church in Sunnymead (now Moreno Valley) CA. Later we were leaders in that church’s youth group. I have served previously on Lakeside’s board of trustees for several terms and on the ministry board as we changed from deacon and trustees into the ministry board. Following that conversion, I served on the Lakeside Property Team.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading science fiction and shooting all manner of weapons, (not hunting). I also enjoy playing games with the kids and grandkids.
Favorite Vacation: So far, the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation was Bonnie and I spending a week in the Disneyworld parks and a Disney cruise to the Bahamas.
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 55:7
Favorite Books/Authors: Any of the novels by Robert Heinlein, but “Methuselah’s Children” and “Time Enough for Love” are at the top.
Favorite Movies: Kind of depends on the genre, but probably “Sands of Iwo Jima” with John
Wayne.
Favorite Food: Scallops in wine sauce when prepared correctly! And cheeseburgers!

Reed Leiting

About Me: I grew up on a farm in West Central Iowa near the small community of Westside. After high school I went to Iowa State University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. I have been married to my wife Rachel for over 35 years and have 4 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Hobbies: I like woodworking and being outside
Favorite Bible Verse: Galations 6:9
Favorite vacation location: Florida
Favorite author: Vince Flynn
Favorite restaurant: Qdoba