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Who we are

Getting to know us

Begin your visit with Bible classes at 9:00 am, and stay for our worship service at 10:00 am. Our weekly bulletins have announcements and events, and we provide study sheets to help guide you through the sermons. You can find those on the "youth" table near the foyer as you enter the building, just past the coat racks. Pastor Marlin also has a free gift for you: pick up a copy of his book, "Along the Way," for you or a friend or family member.

We have Sunday School classes at 9:00 AM. Classes are offered for adults and children. Children's classes in the summer are slightly different than during the school year, but you will still find great lessons and caring teachers.


We are a family-friendly church, so your children are welcome in our worship service. Families with children ages 3 and under may use the nursery. We also have a room for nursing mothers.


There is an information packet near the foyer on the tall round table that contains a card you can fill out and leave on the table. We would love to get to know you!


Please join us each Sunday for a time to worship our Lord in song and sound Biblical teaching.

Our Leadership

Our local church body is led by a senior pastor, associate pastor, and a group of elders.

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

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


Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations ...

It is our great pleasure and privilege to partner with these missionaries, who are the hands and feet of the Gospel locally and across the world:


Steve and Kristin Baty – InterVarsity, Southern MN

Eric and Jennifer Bervig – Intercession Haiti

Jonathon and Bianca Fowler – Word of Life Ministry, Panama

Steve and Bonnie Hanson – Timber Bay Ministry, Bemidji

Habitat For Humanity – Northern St. Louis County, Minnesota

Mesabi Range Youth For Christ

Pastor St. Luc and Anita Noel – Zoe Christian Center, Haiti

Psalm FM – Christian Radio, International Falls

Adam and Jenny Roub – CRU, Duluth area campuses 



A fun-filled kids club for children in 4th-6th grades. Kids learn Scripture, play games, work in community outreach, and attend special events.

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm (during the school year)

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