Marlin Bjornrud, Pastor and Elder

Marlin was called to the Evangelical Free Church of Embarrass only nine months after it was incorporated in 1979, which means that he has served here for forty years. He graduated from Oak Hills Bible College and served at White Oak Baptist Church in Akeley, Minnesota, for six years prior to moving to Embarrass. In his ministry, Pastor Marlin is committed to the expository preaching of God’s Word as one of the primary means of equipping the body of Christ for the work of service. Pastor Marlin and his wife, Jeannine, have six grown children (four married) and ten grandchildren.

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Bruce Sweney

Bruce and his wife, Wendy, live in Embarrass. Bruce is retired from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


John Filander

John and his wife, Debbie, live near Biwabik.  John is retired from serving as Director of Winter Activities at Giants Ridge Ski Resort.

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Tom Clayton

Tom is retired from the Mississippi Air National Guard and is a supporter of the E-Free missions ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and other faith-based charities.


Ron Sutton

Ron and his wife, Verna, live in Embarrass.  Ron is a retired school teacher.  He and Verna lived in Hungary for five years, doing missions work.  Now, they make a month-long trip back to Central Europe every year, to lead quilting retreats.

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Nathan Thompson

Nathan and his wife, Sara, have attended the Embarrass Evangelical Free Church since 2001 with their 3 daughters.  Nathan graduated from Calvary Bible College with a Pastoral Missions degree in 1990 and has been part of the ministry through out the years. Prior to living in Minnesota, they ministered in a bilingual church planting ministry on the Texas-Mexico border. Nathan serves as the Executive Director of the North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity.

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Anthony Bermel

Anthony and his wife, Hannah, and their three girls live in Ely.  Anthony is a Conservation Officer for the Minnesota DNR.