Search for Missing Pastor Continues

Search for Missing Pastor Continues

A Facebook group has been set up for those who are interested in keeping up-to-date on the continuing search for missing Christian Reformed Church pastor George Vander Wiet.

The Facebook group, unlike the individual Facebook page that had been used until last week, offers people a chance to join the group and to link them more closely with people interested in this situation.

Group members can also post comments in the group once they have joined the group.

Vander Weit went missing in early July from his home in a Detroit suburb.

Before he disappeared, police say, Vander Weit had been recently discharged from an in-patient mental health facility. He is considered to be a danger to himself.

Vander Weit, 70, was last seen about 9:30 a.m. on July 5 around the intersection of Runyon and Dequindre roads in Rochester in northeast Oakland County. He was wearing a red T-shirt and olive- green shorts and riding an older-style 10-speed bike.

The police department received assistance from a number of K9 units and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, as well as from helicopter search resources, on various search attempts.

Members of Vander Weit's family and friends have also undertaken searches.

The area near Vander Weit’s home is full of bike trails, open land and a densely wooded park.

People who would like to continue following the search for Vander Weit are asked to join the Facebook group.

In order to do that, there is a box in the upper right-hand corner of the group that people can check.

Currently, people are being asked to post their memories of Vander Weit, who served churches in Wayland, Mich., Cleveland, Ohio, Troy Mich., Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Korean church in Rochester — the Detroit suburb where his family lives.

Vander Weit is a well-known pastor in the CRC and a prolific writer for The Banner, the church’s monthly publication.

Anyone with information about Vander Weit’s whereabouts is asked to email SSchettenhelm@rochestermi.org or call the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621.