Russ and Sue Whitaker

Pastor Russ and Sue Whitaker come to Mission EFC and Wilton from the “Windy City”, Chicago, where they had lived for 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 41 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 14 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: Kacey Schaefer

Financial Secretary: Margaret Nieuwsma


Brent Hanson

Laren Holznagel

Rod Adamyk

Reuben Steinert

John Erickson


Sue Whitaker

 Elaine Schilla


Wayne Maynard

Gene Kurle

Kay Schilla

Brent Hanson


Captain: Linda Holden