Pastor Russ and Sue Whitaker come to Mission EFC and Wilton from the Windy City; Chicago, where they had lived for the past 40 years. As life-long residents of the western suburbs, Pastor Russ and Sue are looking forward to the new challenge of life and ministry on the plains of North Dakota.

While residing in the Chicago area Pastor Russ has served in a number of Churches, most recently in Belvidere, IL. Though he was born in Kansas, Pastor Russ is a life-long resident of the Chicago area. He is a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Economics, and Northern Baptist Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity.

Pastor Russ has been happily married for over thirty-seven years to his High School sweetheart Sue. They are the parents of four children, Russell III, Jessica, Kyle, and Kelsey, and the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren, Elijah, Elizabeth, Reegan, Moses, Addison, Noah, Sophia and Stella. Pastor Russ loves reading, watching westerns, motorcycles, the Chicago Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks.


Church Board:


Chairman: Lance Holden

Vice-Chairman:Wayne Maynard

Secretary: Melanie Oberg

Treasurer/Financial Secretary: Margaret Nieuwsma


Jim Kurle

Laren Holznagel

Rod Adamyk

Reuben Steinert

John Erickson


Sue Whitaker

Joan Kruckenberg

Gabriela Adamyk


Wayne Maynard

John Hartman

Gene Kurle

David Asplund


Captain: Linda Holden

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