She had gone to his Grand Rapids church in hopes of hearing well-known pastor and gospel artist Marvin Sapp preach and sing. Instead, she sat in puzzlement as Sapp talked angrily about a woman who the night before had gone into his home uninvited and spoke to his three children.
“He was just really upset,” said the woman, who spoke to the Kalamazoo Gazette on the condition she not be identified. “… He asked, ‘How did you even know where I lived? Did you follow me?’ … He said he had been out of town, he was out of the state and he got back to find out that some woman had been in his house and he knew who it was.”
Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, never identified the woman who had drawn his ire, but the Ann Arbor woman who attended the Aug. 25 service said she believes it was Dr. Teleka Patrick. A few weeks after the service, a judge granted Sapp a restraining order against Patrick after determining she was stalking him.
Patrick, who was in her first-year of a four-year residency in psychiatry at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, has not been seen since Dec. 5, the night her car was found abandoned off I-94 in Indiana.
A woman who answered the phone this week at Sapp’s church said neither he nor anyone else at the church would be commenting on Patrick’s disappearance or the pastor’s statements from the pulpit Aug. 25.
The Ann Arbor woman who attended the service said Sapp told his congregation he had given a photo of the woman and her name to the senior staff at the church “so they would know who she is and would not let her in.”
“He said that she wasn’t welcome there, that he could not be her pastor anymore,” said the woman, who went to the service with her daughter, a student at Grand Valley State University.
“(He said) she had joined the church … but he said, ‘I can’t help you anymore, I can’t be your pastor because you’ve overstepped your boundaries,’” the woman recalled of Sapp’s statements.
She said they watched the service on a video screen from an overflow room and never saw anyone being removed, but recalled Sapp at one point saying: “Now that she’s gone, are you all ready to have some church?”
In the months leading up to her Dec. 5 disappearance, Patrick used several Twitter handles and posted thousands of tweets in which wrote about and wrote to a love interest. She didn’t directly identify that person, but the description of her love interest described numerous times in her tweets point to Sapp.
In one, she appears to have written about the Aug. 25 episode at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church.
“ … I am so sorry to hear about the person who traumatized you,” Patrick wrote in one of her tweets posted the night of Aug. 25. “The weeks that I stayed away from you, and stopped messaging you, I actually was pondering this. I was like, well, if he hasn’t spoken to me, had a conversation with me, then regardless of what I feel in my spirit, I could be making trouble for myself.
“So that’s why I was like, please contact me because without contact from you, there’s no difference between me and one of those other women, I could be brought up on harassment just like the rest of them and, most likely, I have a lot more to lose than those other women … I do hope you won’t be turning over my pictures and videos to anyone. Today really kind of scared me. Should I be scared?”
Kent County Circuit Court records show Sapp filed for a personal-protection order against Patrick on Sept. 17, accusing her of contacting him for over a year, joining his church, coming to his home, contacting his children and making claims that he was her husband. The Grammy-nominated singer wrote in an affidavit that he had “at least 400 of pages of correspondence” from Patrick “which I have never responded to.”
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Kalamazoo Gazette
Rex Hall Jr.