Princeton Evangelical Free Church

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Welcome to Princeton Evangelical Free Church! 


Thank you for stopping by our website!

Take some time to explore and find out more about who we are as a church.

We realize visiting a church can be an intimidating experience: many different faces - different music - different presentations. At PEFC, you can expect to find a community of people who are growing together in Christ. Through a mix of contemporary and traditional music, biblically-based sermons, and community outreach, we seek to make the name of Jesus great in our city. 

Please visit us on a Sunday morning or Wednesday night, and consider joining us in growing together in Christ!


About Princeton Evangelical Free Church




John Patnode - Senior Pastor

Pastor John has been doing pastoral ministry vocationally since he was 20 years old. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Moody Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Youth Ministry and minoring in Pastoral Leadership and Christian Studies at Crown College. Originally growing up just 30 minutes west of the Twin Cities, Pastor John and Anna have 5 beautiful children together: Lydia, Caroline, Travis, Claire, and Oscar. Pastor John enjoys spending time with his family and doing many outdoor activities, music, sports, and just hanging out. 

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Tommy Case - Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

Pastor Tommy has been serving at Princeton Free Church since June of 2016. He is a graduate of Crown College, from where he holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. He is married to Laura, the love of his life, and together they have two sons, Judah & Isaiah, as well as a 90-pound Bernese Mountain Dog named Teddy. Tommy loves spending time with students, whether it is playing dodgeball, eating pizza, going on retreats, or studying God’s Word. When the Cases aren’t hanging out with students and their families, they love to play tennis, go on hikes, ride their bicycles on trails, watch movies, and read. They love being a part of the Princeton Evangelical Free Church family!

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Emily Lausen - Director of Children Ministries

Emily has been the Children’s Ministry Director since March of 2014. She recently graduated Crown College with a BS in Psychology/Counseling. Emily is an adventure-seeking young woman of God, with a huge passion for kids and families! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and the love of her life, Andy!

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Michal Robinette - Administrative Assistant

I have been the "church secretary" since March of 2007. My husband (Harry) and I love camping, biking (the pedal kind!) and traveling (usually to Disney World). We also, along with our 3 grown children (Stacey, Sarah & Mitch) love sports and enjoy watching and attending sporting events together.

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Donna Sahlstrom - Sunday Worship Coordinator

My husband, Tom, served PEFC as Pastor from 1985 - 1994.  We moved to Milaca and he began as Chaplain for Elim Homes.  Togehter we raised 5 children and now have 8 grandchildren. I served the Milaca Free Church as Worship Planner for about 13 years.  I also served PEFC as Planner for a time in the late 1990's, so coming back here now as the interim Sunday Worship Coordinator has been exciting. 

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We offer a variety of ministries for all age groups. Feel free to browse each ministries' page to see how you can start getting plugged in. 


E-Free Kids: Equipping Kids For Christ!

At Princeton Evangelical Free Church, our kids will Grow Up, Grow In, and Grow Out in Christ. We have a variety of programs for children, both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. 


Journey Student Ministries

Life’s a journey; don’t travel alone! We are a gospel-centered, biblically based group of people whose mission is to equip students to face the challenges present in their everyday faith journey.


Don't just go to church - be the church!

There are a number of ministries available to help you get plugged into the amazing community of believers at PEFC. We offer ministries for men, women, seniors, and more! 

Our Office

12140 317th Ave
Princeton, MN, 55371
United States

Phone: 763-389-3831

Fax: 763-389-5625



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