Pastor and Elders

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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 over 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, Elder


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

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Ron Sutton, Elder

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. They are active in the Missions Ministry team.

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John Filander, Elder

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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Anthony Bermel, Elder

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