A Statement to The media

& The local community

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, the congregation of Bible Baptist Church of Nashua was shocked to learn of the arrest of Stephen Bates and disgusted to learn of the charges that were brought against him.

The congregation strongly denounces the actions of Stephen Bates as ungodly, unholy, unnatural, perverted, and reprehensible. We condemn them as completely counter to the beliefs, work, and mission of Bible Baptist Church and the Scriptures we hold so dear.

We have worked with and will continue to support our local law enforcement in this matter and our wish is that justice be served. Our hearts break for all his victims and we sorrow with them for the hurt, pain, and irreparable damage he has caused. We encourage anyone victimized by Stephen Bates’ actions to contact local law enforcement.

As of Tuesday, Stephen Bates is no longer the pastor of Bible Baptist Church. The deacons attempted to have Stephen Bates vacate the premises, but he is unable to comply until his bail conditions are amended to make that possible. We are working diligently to address this matter and all things related to it as quickly as possible and ask for patience and grace as we deal with this most unexpected situation.

(Updated 3/18/2022)

As of Friday, April 1st, 2022, Stephen Bates no longer resides on the premises of Bible Baptist Church.

(Updated 4/25/2022)