Meet the Elders


Bob Ford

Greetings to everyone! I am a native of Devils Lake and am married to my lovely wife, Kathy.  We have 2 children, Tom and Sarah.  I was born here, educated here, off to college elsewhere and a short stint in the insurance field in both Wahpeton and Dickinson before returning to Devils Lake in 1977.  My walk with Christ dates all the way back to high school when I committed to him at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes national event in Boulder, Colorado.  Boy, have I learned some things from God over the years. Some the easy way, some the hard way.  And as you might guess, I’m still learning new things everyday.  But it is an honor and a privilege to serve you as an Elder in the congregation and I look forward to worshiping with you all for many years to come.

HarperCraig Harper

I am a North Dakotan, born and raised. Married to Vicki for 36 years and have 3 children: Jeremy, Karissa and Lacey.  I have retired from ND Telephone Company but continue to do seasonal work as a locator from May to October.  We have been members of Bethel for our entire married lives. In the past 36 years I have seen many changes at Bethel in attendees, facility and ministry but there is one thing that hasn’t changed and that is Bethel’s adherence to the biblically grounded articles of faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America.  I have served in the past as Church Chairman, Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Building Committee member.  I enjoy reading and studying the Bible and Christian books. I also enjoy spending time in the summer at our family cabin by the lake and watching NDSU Bison football.

Kelly Westby

Kelly is originally from Cando, ND and has lived in the Lake Region his entire life. Kelly has served as a member and leader at Bethel Church for many years. Kelly is known for his love for the Lord, his wisdom in life, and his empathy and compassion for all. On Sunday mornings you may find Kelly in the back of the sanctuary, as he frequently helps with ushering and greeting. 


Ed Forde

Ed has an amazing heart for the underserved in our community. Ed and his wife Eloise enjoy taking trips to visit their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren whenever time permits. Ed is an avid woodworker and master gardener.  Ed served in the field of Social Services for forty years. He has served in numerous church and ministry capacities, from local outreach to district secretary to Deacon care. 


Roston Newton

I was born in the Bahamas and moved to the United States in 1996 to attend college at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska.  That is where I met my wife, Jessica and have been married for 17 years.  We have lived in Devils Lake for about 15 years and have attended Bethel since we moved.  We have 2 boys: Andy and Keauno.  Since attending Bethel, I’ve served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and currently an Elder.  Last year I served as an Elder apprentice.  God has stretched me through this experience, humbled me and given me a love for His people.  I grew up in a Christian home and would say I’ve been a Christian for most of my life but I’ve truly embraced my faith in the past ten years. God has ten me on a journey through brokenness and humility to show me His love & forgiveness.  I’ve been working for REM for the past 15 years, assisting adults with disabilities. I also manage and maintain our rental properties. When I am not working, you will probably find me fishing, camping or spending time with my family.


Russ Petty

I was born in ND and moved to Devils Lake in 1977.  I am married to Helen for 48 years and have four children.  I am currently retired after being a family practice physician.  While I was in college, I believed in a distant God but didn’t know about having a personal relationship with Him.  I asked Him to forgive me in December 1967 that is 50 years ago this month! When we moved to Devils Lake in 1977, Bethel was a small church only 30 to 40 attenders and no regular pastor.  They were considering closing.  We enjoy the Biblical learning and fellowship. I am involved in Community Groups, Wednesday Men’s Bible study, Hope Center food bank and independent from Bethel-short term medical missions.  Important scripture verses to me are: Galatians 5:1, Isaiah 40:31 and Philippians 4:13.  When I have free time I like to read, garden, hunt, fish and short term medical missions projects.


Rollin Herman

Rollin is a lifelong resident of the Devils Lake Region and has been a member of Bethel for nearly 40 years. Rollin is married to his wonderful wife, Michelle, and they have four children and five grandchildren. Rollin practices dentistry in town and when he is not volunteering at church, you will find Rollin playing at the lake, gardening, enjoying music, or riding go-carts with kids.