Our Board of Directors


Russ Whitaker (Chairman)

Russ is the pastor of Mission EFC in Wilton, ND.  He's a native of West Chicago, IL, and a graduate of North Central College and Northern Seminary. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sue, and is the proud father of four grown children and nine wonderful grandchildren. Russ’ passion is to help people to grow in their faith.


Edward Forde (Ed)

(Secretary - 2nd term)

Edward (Ed) graduated from the University of ND in Social Work. He's a former County Social Service Director retiring after 40 years of public service. He and wife Eloise reside in Devils Lake, ND.


Mary Banta

Mary is a follower of Christ, wife to Andy, mother of five adult sons and grandmother.  She enjoys encouraging others through prayer as well as gifts from baking, cooking and sewing.


Mike Honl

(Vice Chairman)

Mike is the pastor at Rose Hill EFC in Langford, SD. Mike and his wife, Becca, are proud Bison living in Jackrabbit country. They have been at Rose Hill for four years and have two little girls. Mike is a passionate baseball fan, and in his spare time enjoys running.


Jeff Piatt

Jeff has been pastor at Lakeside Bible Church in Mobridge, SD since January 2003.  He has been married to Sharon, his high school sweet-heart, for 28 years. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. In addition to pastoring, Jeff works construction with his 2 adult sons in their construction business.  He loves working with his sons and the chance to be out and about with so many people in the community and the ministry opportunities that creates.  Prior to moving to South Dakota, Jeff served as an associate pastor in Indiana and also served in the United States Army.


Andy Veith

Andy is the Senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Fargo, ND. He is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and a graduate of Upper Iowa University and Faith Theological Seminary. He is married to his high school sweetheart and best friend, Loree. They have four children, Brandyn, Bryanna, Mikayla and Jaryd. They have been at Bethel for 8 months and are returning a second time, after serving as the youth pastor from 1996-2000. Andy enjoys golfing and watching sports and going to movies.


Mel Nelson

Mel is President and CEO of Executive Management Systems, Inc. Married to Cia, they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. An NDSU graduate, he was a special student at TEDS for two quarters before being called back into business. They attend Salem Evangelical Free Church in Moorhead, MN and have deep ties to Faith (in Grand Forks), Bethel (in Fargo) and Eagle Valley (in Christine).


Tyrena Hallett

Tyrena is married to Jonathon Hallett the pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Beulah ND. At church, Tyrena teaches a ladies bible study and worked to start a Celebrate Recovery Ministry. Tyrena enjoys spending her free time crocheting and embroidering gifts for her church and family.