Public Statement on Allegation
July 1, 2020
Chisago Lakes Baptist Church & Chisago Christian School recently learned that Nathan Qualley, a former employee, was charged in Chisago County District Court with Criminal Sexual Conduct - 1st degree. The allegations within the criminal complaint are deeply disturbing. According to our records, Mr. Qualley was connected to our church from June 1999 through September 2004. Our church and its leadership will be cooperating with law enforcement and the Chisago County Attorney’s Office as this matter proceeds.
As we move forward, Chisago Lakes Baptist Church & Chisago Christian School remains concerned about any incidents or allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse. As Christians, we have the biblical mandate of Matthew 18:5-6 to protect children from harm, and we are currently taking decisive steps to ensure that our organizational policies and procedures protect each child from the devastating consequences of abuse. We encourage anyone who has experienced or has knowledge of any abuse or sexual misconduct either related or unrelated to this matter to contact law enforcement immediately.
Although we are unable to provide further details on the matter above at this time, we plan to look for opportunities to dialogue with our community and to provide updates on this matter, when able. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Chisago Christian School's administrator, Michael Elliott, at (651) 257-4587.
Pastor Ben Gunderson
On behalf of the entire leadership team at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church and Chisago Christian School