The staff and leadership here at Morris Free Church is comprised of men and
women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If
you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and
email them or call our church office to speak with them.
As lead pastor Marlin sees his role as both 'leader' and 'cheerleader' to the staff and volunteers as well as lead teacher of Scripture to our church family.
He states his greatest joy as stepping alongside people and seeing them equipped and empowered to serve Christ in ministry. A major in New Testament Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary, he truly enjoys teaching the Scriptures in a deep and meaningful way. Along with wife, Nancy, they have two children, Chase, and Carissa. Marlin grew up on a farm in Nebraska and enjoys getting on the tractor any chance he can get, doing fall tillage or whatever is needed for our area farmers. He also enjoys biking the trails of Minnesota and taking vacations with his family.
Hector was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. He moved to America when he was fourteen years old. A graduate of Nebraska Christian College and Liberty University, he enjoys serving alongside our church staff. As Associate Pastor He takes great joy in preaching to English and Spanish speaking audiences as well as taking teams on missions trips and seeing God work in and through them. His wife Sarah helps lead the Spanish services on Sundays and assists with AWANA. His favorite aspect of church ministry is baptizing and discipling believers in their new found faith. Outside of ministry Hector enjoys using his spare time remodeling their house (which he admits is challenging at times but very rewarding), wrestling his kids (all five of them!) and watching funny videos.
Tami is a former elementary teacher and has been attending MEFC since 1993. She has been actively involved in children's ministry since that time. She joined the staff as Children's Ministry Director in 2012 and oversees church ministries from birth-5th grade. She loves working with kids and families following her passion to encourage and help them grow in their faith journey transforming into real followers of Jesus. She has a wonderful husband and three amazing kids, Jacob, Sydney and Hope who are now teenagers and young adults. When not at church she enjoys time with family on the farm, on the lake with a fishing pole in hand (a favorite place) or however they can be together. She loves a good book, taking care of her vegetable garden and then filling the shelves with goodies for the winter.
As Student Ministries Pastor David oversees Bridge 56 (5th & 6th) as well as Thrive Youth (7th-12th). His passion is to challenge and equip young people to grow in a personal relationship with Christ. Over the years David has assisted various churches in the areas of youth and worship ministry. He and wife Hailey have two wonderful children, daughter Rehmi and son Brae . Aside from the busyness of every day life, David enjoys CrossFit, Disc Golf and reading a good book.
As Administrator Candice oversees all aspects of the church office, assists in ministry areas as needed and coordinates events & building use. Her background degree in medical assisting, work as a para at the school and as an office manager for a local clinic uniquely equip her for the various duties involved with running a very busy church office. Candice shares that one of here favorite parts of church is worship. Her children, Hunter and Grace, are a vibrant part of our children's ministry. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Outside of church her interests are being a wife & mom, camping, reading, spending time with family & friends,
John oversees all aspects of a growing and very active church campus. All things mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, tables, chairs and yes, occasional water leaks in the basement after torrential rain. He is a faithful constant in getting tasks done and juggling the needs of various groups that use our church to gather and grow in their faith. John also works for the University of Minnesota Morris and we value him greatly as he serves the church in these many ways. His favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Along with wife Nancy, John enjoys the great outdoors hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and horseback riding (especially the one that goes vroom... his motorcycle).
At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” often because it
is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel
is not merely a message that needs to be shared with a world looking for meaning, but also a constant reminder for those within the church. It is not something that mature Christians move
on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is
the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of
The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.
We are part of the EFCA family of churches around the globe. The Evangelical Free Church Of America is an association of autonomous local churches united globally around the same theological convictions.