Sapp to Teleka Patrick: Find new church

Teleka Patrick. (Undated courtesy photo)
Teleka Patrick. (Undated courtesy photo)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Teleka Patrick was kicked out of the church pastored by Marvin Sapp — who she is accused of stalking — three months before she disappeared, a letter obtained by 24 Hour News 8 shows.

The 30-year-old Kalamazoo doctor was last seen at the Borgess Medical Center parking lot on the night of Dec. 5. Her car was later found abandoned off a highway in Indiana. There has since been no sign of her.

The Grand Rapids church of famed gospel singer Marvin Sapp apparently sent Patrick a letter telling her she was not welcome. It also outlined Sapp’s allegations that she was stalking him shortly before she was served with the personal protection order he filed.

The letter was dated Sept. 17, 2013.

Inside woodtv.com: Read the full letter from Sapp’s church to Patrick (pdf)

The note, purportedly from Sapp and signed by his church’s board of directors, accuses Patrick of “continuous interaction… inappropriate emails and pictures sent to Pastor Marvin L. Sapp, visiting Pastor Marvin L. Sapp’s residence and continuous attempts to talk and interact with Pastor Marvin L. Sapp’s children.”

At a Wednesday morning press conference, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Patrick appears to have come to West Michigan to be close to a love interest — a person she reportedly claimed was her fiance.

In the conference, during which investigators broke weeks of silence, they revealed they suspect Patrick was headed to a relative’s home in Chicago where she disappeared.

But Sapp, they said, had no connection to Patrick and he is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

“He has never corresponded back to her,” Sheriff Richard Fuller said. “In fact, we believe he’s probably never met her. “

But private investigator Jim Carlin, employed by Patrick’s parents, questions that.

“I don’t believe that for a bit,” he said. “There had to be some nexus up there in Grand Rapids with Sapp and her.”

He said he has reached out to Sapp to no avail.

“Why he wouldn’t want to reach out is baffling,” Carlin said.

He said he found the letter from Sapp when he searched Patrick’s home.

It closes with Sapp’s form signature and says, “We are praying for you and wish you well in your endeavors to find a new church home.”

A representative from Sapp’s church told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday that “The church has no comment and our pastor doesn’t, either.”

The sheriff’s department said Sapp has cooperated with detectives.

While the sheriff’s department has gotten numerous calls about Patrick, none have helped find her.

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