Laura Keck

K4 (Kindergarten Readiness)

Sitting on a stone step with the beautiful backdrop of mountains and trees at a small camp located just above Wheatland, Wyoming, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. This was the most pivotal moment in my life and has molded and shaped all of my life decisions to this day.

Growing up in a small town, Laramie Wyoming, with three brothers and a mother and father who lovingly brought me to church, I was taught life principles from God's Word. I had a desire to be a wife, mother, missionary, teacher, pastor's wife, or whatever the Lord opened the door for. After graduating from high school in 1989, I headed off to college in Dunbar Wisconsin, a small Christian college called Northland Baptist Bible College. I soon began to date the man who would be my husband. I married Kraig Keck after my junior year and we came back as a married couple, so that I could finish getting my degree in elementary education. I graduated in 1993 and we headed to Pennsylvania so that my husband could finish going to seminary. We have spent our married life in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and now Minnesota.

Throughout my life, God has blessed me with many of the desires of my heart. I desired to be a wife and he gave me a wonderful husband. I desired to be a mother and he gave me four wonderful children. I desired to be in full time ministry in some capacity and he gave me a husband who became a pastor. We have been in Minnesota for the last eight years where my husband has been serving as the pastor of Chisago Lakes Baptist Church. Through our years together I have had various part time jobs, but have spent most of my time raising my children and supporting my husband in any way I could. Now, God has given me another desire of my heart when I became the K4 teacher this year. What a source of great joy this has been to me. I am so thankful for the opportunity.

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Beth Hraba


I was born and raised in Mishawaka, IN. When I was 7 years old, my mother started taking me to church. It was at the age of 7 that I recognized my need to accept Christ as my Savior. I attended a Christian school and then attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. It was at PBBC that I earned my degree in Elementary Education.

While attending PBBC, I met my husband, Allen Hraba. We were married in 1990. For the first year of our marriage, I taught at First Baptist Christian School in Mishawaka, IN. My husband and I moved to Taylors, SC in 1991. I taught fifth and sixth grade at The Academy of Arts, and Allen went to school at Bob Jones University. We were then called to Delaware, Ohio, where Allen taught at Delaware Christian School, and we attended Delaware Bible Church. It was during our 12 years in Ohio that Acacia, Alec, Austin, and Alayna were born. I stayed home and was involved in several ministries at the church.

In 2004, the Lord led us here. Allen began teaching Math and Computer Science, and I became an aide for 3rd and 4th grade. During my second year as an aide, I had the opportunity to substitute for the Kindergarten teacher during her maternity leave. In 2006, I was offered the Kindergarten teaching position.

My goal is to allow the Lord to use me in this role as teacher to direct the lives of young children spiritually and academically.

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Suzette Nelson

First and Second Grades

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Jina Linder

Third and Fourth Grades

I am so grateful to be able to teach at Chisago Lakes Baptist School. I am the oldest of four children. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. I grew up going to church, praying, and learning about God. Christ was the center of my upbringing. At a very young age, I asked Jesus into my heart to be my personal savior and Lord of my life. I started to really grow in my relationship with God when I was in Junior High. I started a Bible study with my friends in school. I have been active in youth group and church from my youth and this continues into my present day life.

After High School, I went to Texas to do Youth With A Mission. This is a short-term mission organization that teaches, trains, and sends out missionaries around the world. I traveled and did missions for two years. Then I decided I wanted to get more schooling so I went to North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I received my Elementary Education Degree in teaching in 2006.

During college I met and married my husband Peter Linder. We have been married since 2002. We have three boys: Gavin, Oliver, and Avery. We currently attend Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom. We like to be involved in small groups with church. As a family we enjoy being outside, boating, and serving the Lord.

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Emily Crothers

Fifth and Sixth Grades

Originally from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, the Lord has been kind and gracious in bringing me to Chisago! I grew up in a strong Christian family and learned at a very early age to love the Lord and desired to follow Him in everything. In my young adult years, I volunteered at my local church as a children’s church teacher, in the nursery, and in the AWANA youth ministry. In these positions, I learned the importance of incorporating God’s word into daily instruction and the lives of children. It was there that I felt lead to become a teacher.

After high school, I attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. I received my Elementary Education degree with two minors in Language Arts and Integrated Science. During college, I was employed at a State Park as a nature interpreter where I was able to teach many age groups from preschool to adults. In 2018 I accepted a 3rd grade teaching position at a local public school. While teaching 3rd grade, I married my husband, Mitchel, who was then employed in the Michigan National Guard. He was transferred to the Minnesota National Guard and we decided to move to Minnesota so that he could be closer to his unit. Since moving, we have loved getting to know the people here and feel very blessed by the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives.

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Amy Bartz

High School English

I praise the Lord for His grace in allowing me to teach at CLBS and share the truth and love of Jesus with the next generation. I grew up going to church and being immersed in the Gospel from a very young age. I came to know Jesus as my Savior in preschool while attending Cubbies. Since that time, I have been growing in faith through my church, small group, and opportunities to work in ministry. I am currently employed at my church as the Worship Administrator in addition to teaching at CLBS.

I chose to teach because of my time working at Camp Lebanon as both a Senior Counselor and Junior Staff Supervisor. I loved the opportunity to minister to children. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Bible, an endorsement in Middle School English, and a minor in Music. I spent my first year teaching 7th grade English in the Anoka Hennepin school district. It has been fun to integrate music and faith into English Education here at CLBS, and I am excited to see what God does this year.

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Crystal Crum

High School Science & Math

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Pastor Ben Gunderson

High School Bible

I have been serving as the Assistant Pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church since May of 2015. As a lifelong Minnesotan, I enjoy MN sports (as difficult as that may be some days) and the outdoors.

Romans 10:14 teaches us that faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ. This word of Christ is a message I was privileged to hear often as a young boy. One day, after a Sunday evening service at church, I felt a seemingly inescapable conviction of my sin before God, and I knew that I deserved his judgment. After being led by my dad through several passages of Scripture, I came to understand that Jesus’ death on the cross was for me. By God’s grace, I turned from my sin and trusted in Christ alone.

I earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northland Baptist Bible College in 2009 and an M.Div from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019.

I have been teaching Bible classes at CLBS since 2015.

My wife, Autumn, and I have been blessed with five children, three of which currently attend CLBS.

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Shelley Hraba

High School History & Speech

I have a degree in Education and Bible with a minor in Speech from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. I graduated from college in 1989. My family and I have attended Chisago Lakes Baptist Church since 1996. I have taught at Chisago Lakes Baptist School since 2006. My husband John and I have three children. We have been thankful for the ministry that CLBS has had to all of our children. They all three graduated from Chisago Lakes Baptist School before going on to college.

I came to know Christ as my Savior as a child. I am grateful for His grace in my life, and I am glad that He has given me the opportunity to work with children here at Chisago Lakes Baptist School.

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Hannah Smith

Music Teacher

I am so thankful for this opportunity to teach at CLBS and to share Christ’s love with students through music! Growing up hearing the truth of my need for Jesus Christ led me to accept Him as my Savior at the age of six. I have grown in faith and in the knowledge of the gospel ever since then, attending Bethlehem Baptist Church and participating in Bible studies. In December 2018, I graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with my Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education. Numerous teaching placements in various schools, participation in college ensembles, and courses I took at UNW have all contributed greatly to my love for music and passion for teaching. I am excited to see what God will do this year in the music program at CLBS!

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