Pastors and Elders

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Marlin Bjornrud, Pastor & 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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Lawrence Klingsheim, Associate Pastor & Elder

20210917 180508Lawrence was called to Embarrass in 2022. He graduated from Oak Hills Christian College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and served at the Evangelical Free Church of Two Harbors, Minnesota, and Northern Bible Church in Bemidji, Minnesota prior to coming to Embarrass. Pastor Lawrence is passionate about living out the essentials of our faith in God-honoring community: breaking bread together; studying the Word together; praying together; and growing and serving in community together.

Lawrence, Ashley and their 5 children live in Babbitt. They keep busy homeschooling and enjoy playing board games and drinking good coffee.

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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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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.

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Greg Andrews, Elder

Greg and his wife, Nancy, live in Virginia. Greg is an account manager for Baldwin Supply Company.