Meet the team!

helping campers to find joy and purpose in god's creation

Britt Swanson

Executive Director

Britt is a South Dakota native who graduated from Northern State University in 2011. After graduating, Britt was a counselor at Lakeside and fell in love!  Britt met  Zach Swanson, now husband, that summer and married him at Lakeside in 2012.  Lakeside was the first place Britt experienced a loving, caring, accepting God. Since then Britt has dedicated their life to sharing that loving, caring, accepting God with as many people as possible.  Britt and Zach now have 3 children – Zaiden, Braxley, and Tayva – as well as a loving dog named Stella.  Zach grew up going to family camp at Lakeside and has a special love for Lakeside. The whole Swanson family is a “Camp” family and excited to be serving such a powerful ministry. 

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Kyle Rydell

Camp Director

My name is Kyle Rydell. I am humbled to be the Camp Director at Lutheran Lakeside coming in with over 6 years of experience working in outdoor ministries. I grew up in East Tennessee around the base of the Smokey Mountains. That’s where my love for God’s beautiful creation, the great outdoors, first rooted. I went to Maryville College to study music education, but when I was presented with the opportunity to work in outdoor ministries I knew that I had to follow this new path. I worked as the Hospitality Intern, then Activities and Retreat Coordinator at Briarwood Retreat Center. After 4 amazing and challenging years I moved to North Dakota February, of 2020 to work as the Associate Director at Park River Bible Camp. Learning how to run operations and programmatic aspects of camp during the past two years of Covid-19, fear, and uncertainty. Through it all God provides, and pointed me to Lutheran Lakeside Camp. In my off time you can find me outdoors, reading books, rock climbing, or cooking for my friends and family. I can’t wait to start and be a part of this amazing ministry at LLC!

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Shari Moore

Hospitality Manager

Shari is an Iowa farm kid native.  Graduated from South Dakota State University. Proud parent of three children and 6 grandchildren.  Love sports and games of all sorts. Avid follower of women’s college softball. Enjoys a good round of golf with family and friends. Came to camp to help out in the kitchen back in 2019 and just keep coming back. Now have the privilege to help guests with their stays and still serve an evening meal to our campers.

Gary Zeman "Ranger Z"

Property Manager

Gary Lynn Zeman, affectionately known as ‘Z’, was born in 1955 to parents Ray and Marlys Zeman. He is the oldest of four, Gaylen, Glenda, and Greg. He met and married Sarah Lynn Peterson at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Sarah is currently working at Lakes Plumbing and Heating, in Spirit Lake. The Zeman’s have a dog named Pepper, she is a puggle.

‘Z’ enjoys camping and the outdoors. Sarah is a sewing, camping, reading, and interior design enthusiast! ‘Z’ has been a Boy Scout for the past 42 years. Gary and Sarah both have a passion for this place called “Lakeside!”