Article from the November 2023 edition of the North Star Update from the Minnesota Baptist Association

Chisago Lakes Baptist Church is excited to announce the ordination of their pastor, Ben Gunderson. The ordination service was held on Sunday, October 22 at the church, with a large number of members and guests in attendance.

Pastor Ben Gunderson has been involved in ministry at Chisago for over 8 years, and has served in a variety of roles, including assistant/youth pastor, interim pastor, and lead pastor. He is a graduate of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and is passionate about preaching the Gospel and helping people grow in their faith.

The ordination service was a special time of celebration for the church, as they affirmed Pastor Gunderson’s fitness for ministry. The service included a charge to the candidate by Pastor Steve Brower, a charge to the congregation by Pastor Dave Stertz, testimonies from church members, and a prayer of dedication (pictured above). Pastor Gunderson also shared his own testimony and appreciation for the call to minister.

Chisago Lakes Baptist Church is committed to exalting God, equipping the saints, edifying one another, and evangelizing the lost. We gather each week to worship the one true God revealed in the Bible. We’re grateful for the privilege He has given us to worship, live, and serve in our community.

The following are statements from the ordination council with respect to Pastor Gunderson’s ordination:

“The council recommends that the church proceeds with ordination. With this recommendation, we express our high commendation for the candidate’s presentation and defense of his doctrinal statement.”

“The council thanks the church for its kind invitation and hospitality of this occasion today.”

Present at the council convened on Saturday, October 21 were:
Dr. Jon Pratt (Moderator), Pastor Joel Albright (Clerk), Pastor Steve Brower, Pastor Craig Muri, Dr. Kevin Bauder, Pastor Dan Mohler, Micah Tanis, Pastor Andrew Solarek, Pastor David Stertz, Pastor Chad Williams, Bernard Dodeler.