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.