Dickinson church launches investigation into assertion pastor espoused racists and anti-Semitic views
Church council has placed pastor on administrative leave.
Editor’s Note: The following article features obscenities, profanities, vulgarities and race-related coverage. All uses of racial slurs have been preserved and attributed to direct quotes from an account alleged to be owned by Blake Kilbourne.
DICKINSON — A Lutheran pastor in Dickinson is under investigation and public fire as allegations he used anti-Semitic and racist views on social media, a blog and a podcast, have come to light.
Blake Kilbourne, who has been a pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson since November of 2021, has been placed on administrative leave by the church pending an investigation, according to the church’s council.
“The council has placed him on administrative leave. We’re aware of the allegations that are out there,” Church Council Chairman Jeremy Skaley said in a phone interview with The Dickinson Press.
The church confirmed that it would provide further commentary on the matter, but only after concluding their investigation, according to Skaley.
Among the many allegations leveled against the embattled lay leader, compiled and highlighted by an anonymous whistleblower blog , presents evidence which appear to link an account named “SuperLutheran” to Kilbourne.
The blog in question was noted by coding data from Gravatar, a platform for social media users to create animated avatars for their profiles, as belonging to the pastor. Analysis of the web addresses used in creating the avatars reveal that the username “SuperLutheran” and “Blake Kilbourne” were connected.
Although no longer active on Twitter, one of Kilbourne’s alleged other social media accounts, “@SuperLutheran” on an alternative social media platform “Poast” remains active and prior to Monday, Jan. 24, received frequent posts. “Poast” has been widely reported as being frequented by white nationalists and other political outcasts.
In more than half of the posts, “@SuperLutheran”, who is alleged to be Kilbourne, published daily strength training routines. A deeper dive into the account highlights commentary rife with examples of homophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, misogany, white supremacy and the rampant use of racial slurs.
On Sept. 3, 2021, “SuperLutheran” posted, “My house is a White ethnostate. No, you can’t apply for citizenship.”
Other posts declared racial cohesion to be impossible, lamenting the “Jew global media’s” lies. Another post claimed that the cereal mascot Count Chocula is a Jew and suggested that he is hiding something in the cereal. “SuperLutheran” appears fixated on attributing the death of Jesus to the Jewish people at large through many of the posts. The account reposted a meme on Aug. 26, that appeared to criticize ISIS for quote, “attacking every Islamic country in the Middle East, but never laying a finger on the only Jewish state.”
On Nov. 24, “SuperLutheran” was tagged in and shared a meme condemning white women who dated black men as “race traitors.” Another post mocked Trump supporters for celebrating, “Mandingo Lucifer Koon Day,” and supporting the immigration of refugees from Hong Kong.
Among the various obscenities, profanities, vulgarities and race-related posts were other commentary asserting that, “a man should understand he doesn’t protect his woman because she is weak; he protest her because she is retarded.”
On at least two separate occasions the account posted a picture of Mexican-style food, attributed to being prepared by his wife, and cited it as proof that America doesn’t need immigrants for their cuisine.
The timeline of posts by the account “SuperLutheran” appears to align with a move across the country, which mirrors Kilbourne’s own move from Bremerton, Washington to Dickinson around the same timeframe.
As evidence presented in the allegations levied against Kilbourne, a whistleblower alleges that Kilbourne’s wife, Twitter handle “@Fashy_Wife,” on April 23, 2016, tweeted a photograph of herself holding a baby with a man they claim is Kilbourne in the background.
“Good morning from our family! @Blake_L_K.”
This same Twitter account posted another tweet in 2016, implying that the now defunct Twitter account, “@SuperLutheran” belonged to her husband.
Allegations that Kilbourne was previously terminated for similar concerns from his position in Washington were included in the complaint, but were denied by Kilbourne’s previous employer, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bremerton, Washington.
“The church considered Blake as a candidate at the end of the year (internship)... for pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. I was retiring,” Pastor Tim Cartwright, of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, said. “But the church decided not to call him…I was hoping he would become the pastor of the church, but it didn’t work out.”
Speaking with The Press in a phone interview on Monday, Cartwright claimed that Kilbourne was not fired from his position as alleged and did not mention any issues related to Kilbourne’s espousing of obscenities, profanities, vulgarities and race-related.
Kilbourne, who started more than two months ago at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, initially embraced with a Facebook post by the church stating, “We are excited to welcome Pastor Blake Kilbourne and his family to our congregation.”
The Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a member of the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC). A May/June 2021 newsletter contained a letter from Church Council President Larry Farner explaining that Kilbourne had traveled to Ames, Iowa, to stand before an AALC committee that would determine if Kilbourne was a viable candidate for the position of pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
The executive secretary for the AALC national office is Bonnie Ohlrich.
“I’m not the one to say anything about that. I don’t know, I don’t have a lot of information. I just know that he’s no longer with us,” Ohlrich said on Monday afternoon when asked if Kiblourne was terminated from his previous position.
While the investigation into the allegations that Kilbourne espoused, “anit-Semetic, racists and misogynistic” views while a lay leader at the church remains open as of this reporting.
Attempts to reach Kilbourne for comment were unsuccessful.