FARGO — A well-known pastor at Olivet Lutheran Church is taking leave to seek treatment for alcoholism.
Pastor Kristopher Gorden has asked the Eastern North Dakota Synod to be placed on administrative leave, according to a statement from Bishop Terry Brandt.
This move comes shortly after Gorden was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Minnesota court documents show it happened at Izzy's Lounge in Warroad, Minnesota, at about 6:45 a.m. Friday.
Gorden also had a DUI case in January 2011, according to Cass County court records. During Sunday services, a few days later, Gorden told his church, he knew people were "deeply hurt, grieving, angry."
Bishop Brandt said he was unaware pastor Gorden had been struggling with alcoholism.
"Alcoholism is a disease affecting many individuals and families," he said. "I hope and trust Pastor Gorden’s journey will give others the courage to seek treatment when and where needed."
It was not clear how long Gorden will remain on leave.