The son of the leader of a religious group in southeastern Minnesota described a life of abuse and control in front of a judge on Monday. His was the latest testimony in a contentious trial against a religious group called Maranatha Fellowship in Spring Grove.
A religious leader in southern Minnesota will go back on trial next week, as a couple fights for the life savings they left behind once they left his group. Beyond the courtroom, the back and forth is also playing out in a small town newspaper.
WCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota. Susan Wilde spent nearly 20 years as a member of a Christian fellowship called Maranatha. Its leader has been taken to court, and he and the ministry are being sued by other former members who lost their home and business when they got out of the group.
A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota. For 35 years, Suzanne and Karl Solum were members of a Christian ministry called Maranatha in Spring Grove, Minn. They pooled all their money with everyone else in the group but when they left six years ago, they wanted their share and sued.