Our Elk River church is where Free Grace United originally started. Though it is currently our largest church, we still have that church family feel and are able to connect with each other and grow in faith during our weekend worship experiences and midweek Deeper Bible studies. 
We offer a great gospel-focused kids church during every service as well as modern worship music and grace-based Bible teaching. 
Come as you are! We are a casual place to explore God at your own pace.

Service times:

Saturdays @ 5 & 6:30 pm 

Sundays @ 9 & 10:30 am


829 School St NW, Elk River 55330
(across the street from Elk River High School)


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Office: 763-633-9706

Email: office@freegrace.tv

Each congregation of Free Grace United is a distinct local church. They vary in size, demographics, and cultural aesthetics. Each has its own story, its own pastors, and its own ministries. In deciding which congregation to join, we encourage you to start by visiting the one closest to you.

Join us for Deeper: Midweek classes and groups designed to help you go DEEPER in faith!

Wednesdays @ 6:45 pm:


  • Mondays – Pastor Eric’s Bible Class (6:45-8 pm starting Feb 28) 52 Topics to Grow Your Faith
  • Tuesdays – Free Grace Bible College (6:30 pm) 
  • Saturdays – Men’s Breakfast (9 am) Meets the 4th Saturday of every month at Denny’s in Otsego for fellowship & faith.
  • Sundays – Young Adults Group (12p-1:30 pm) Unmarried individuals ages 18-39 meet every other Sunday at Brit Maher’s home in Elk River to hang out & study the Bible. Email: brit.maher@hotmail.com Text: 612-518-0561

FGU Elk River Event Calendar:

August 27 & 28: Back to School Blessing – we will be praying over kids for a great new school year. 

Labor Day Weekend (September 3 & 4): Pizza and Ice Cream Party (after second service Saturday and after second service Sunday)

September 10: Special Guest Fishing Legend Jimmy Houston 

September 17/18: Fall Kickoff teaching & Community Block Party – FORTIFY: Building Blocks for a Strong Life & Family

September 30-October 2: Fall Men’s Retreat at Pine Lake Camps

October 14-16: Fall Women’s Retreat at Pine Lake Camps

October 22/23: FGU’s 18th Birthday Party!

October 29/30: Halloween Outreach Weekend

December 23/24: Candlelight Christmas services

December 25: Christmas Day – no church

December 31/January 1: Word of the Year 2023


Each of our churches are unique, which means that each church offers something a little different for kids during our weekend services. As our churches grow, we develop a church experience especially for them! (Read about Kids Church here.) Our mission at every church is to see your kids cross the line of faith and follow Jesus!

Kids Church:

Nursery | For kids ages 6 weeks – 2 years

Our nursery is available for our youngest kiddos to experience the love and security Jesus offers. Drop off your little one in our nursery during church services, where they’ll play, hear a Bible story, and get prayed over by trained, caring volunteers.

Preschool | For kids ages 3 years – 5 years

When your kiddo is potty trained, can walk, and can communicate, he/she is ready for our preschool room! We use Bible-based curriculum that includes age-appropriate discipleship through teaching, games, and crafts.

Elementary | For school-age kids (K-5th grade)

Our 5-11 year-olds are our most age group that is most receptive to the Good News. We take this opportunity seriously! We have a special focus on tangible aspects of discipleship – helping kids navigate their Bibles, pray in groups, use their gifts to serve others, build friendships, and share their faith – all while teaching the Gospel every week through a Bible-based curriculum. Our elementary kids are together for the majority of their church experience, but may break into grade-based small groups for discussions and activities.

Big Church:

Kids of all ages are welcome to worship with their grown-ups in the adult services, if that’s what works best for your family! We provide a kid version of the sermon notes with activities to help little brains stay focused.

If you choose to have your kids join you in “big church”, here are some suggestions of things that help kids stay engaged:

  • Have your child bring his/her own Bible, and help look up the Scripture in the sermon
  • Encourage them to sing or dance during worship songs
  • Coloring items
  • Small, non-electronic toys for little ones (cars, puzzles, books)
  • The Bible App for Kids and a pair of headphones

If your child gets wiggly or chatty, you’re welcome to step into the lobby or into the Family Seating room to give him/her a break.



Eric & Kelly Dykstra have been married more than 25 years and have three awesome kiddos, one amazing daughter-in-law, and one adorable grandson. They are passionate about seeing broken people far from God come to know the amazing grace of Jesus. God has gifted them both with dynamic preaching and leadership styles, empowering them to share the truth of Christ with a wide demographic of people.



Reuben & Susie Deisch are parents to Ayden, Makayla, and one adorable Boxer named Rocky. One of Pastor Reuben’s favorite things in the world is helping people go public with their faith through baptism.