A 26-year-old Christian outreach worker has been missing since Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Police have now classified Matt Hill as a critical missing person.
Family and friends gathered at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, N.C., where he grew up, on Friday to pray. Hill's father and brother, meanwhile, have gone to Washington to join the search.
"It's very uncharacteristic of him," his father, Holger, said, according to WSOCTV. "Family and friends are very important for him."
Christian pastors have sent out tweets asking for prayers.
"Matt Hill, a CHBC member& Christian Outreach worker went missing Thurs. in DC. Very critical. Please pray," Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote on his Twitter page Friday.
Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., sent out a similar tweet.
Hill works for Capitol Hill Baptist's ministry called Campus Outreach Washington, D.C. The new ministry is currently established at George Washington University, where Hill served as campus director.
The Matthews, N.C., native had moved to the nation's capital in order to do missions work.
He was last seen Tuesday morning near the Verizon Center in Northwest D.C. That was where he dropped off a student, Matthew DeGioia, whom he was mentoring.
According to The Pendulum, Elon University's student newspaper, Hill told DeGioia that he had to be at Capitol Hill Baptist by 11:30 a.m.
He hasn't been seen since.
"He seemed completely fine, wasn't troubled at all," DeGioia told the student publication. "It's completely out of character for him to just leave without telling anybody."
New reports reveal that Hill's car, a black 1996 Honda civic, got a parking ticket outside his apartment in Foggy Bottom at 11 a.m. His credit card was then used about an hour later to buy gas in Arlington, Va.
Both Hill and the car are missing.
Holding out hope, Hill's father, Holger, told MyFoxDC, "God is in control. My son is not alone. My son is not lost."
A Facebook page called "Praying and Searching for Matt Hill * Missing *" has been set up to spread the word and help bring in as much information as possible.
Hill is a 6-ft. white male with blue eyes and dirty blond hair. His DC plate number is DT-2747.