Missing Chicago Pastor Last Seen in Joliet

Police are looking for a missing Chicago assistant pastor.  Fifty-three-year-old Warren Beard was last seen on July 2nd on the 400 block of North Broadway Street on Joliet’s west side.  He is an assistant pastor at the New Israelite MB Church and is described as a six-foot-tall African American man with brown eyes and is bald.  Beard is reportedly driving a black Honda CRV with the Illinois plate DY20511.

The family held a press conference on Monday pleading for help in finding their father. In a press release the family says, Rev. Beard is “big-hearted, honest, the epitome of a family man,” said Shane Beard, a son. “We have to find him.” Rev. Beard is a rock for the family, tending to ailing relatives and keeping everyone abreast of updates and keeping the family close, said his aunts Theresa Boss-French and Trish Truitt.”

Rev. Beard is 6’0″, 220 lbs., has a shaved head, and is a Black man with a brown complexion. He is Regional Director of Facilities for POAH Communities in Chicago, a nonprofit developer, owner and operator of nearly 13,000 affordable homes in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Rev. Beard is responsible for POAH’s Midwest portfolio covering Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Kentucky.

If you have any idea of Warren Beard’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call either Chicago Police Department Area Two SVU at 312-747-8274, the Joliet Police Department, or call 911.