Eddie Lee Long (May 12, 1953 – January 15, 2017) was born in Huntersville, North Carolina, and died an American pastor who served as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, from 1987 until his death earlier this year.
Long was the son of the Rev. Floyd M. Long, Jr. and Hattie Long. He attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1977.
Long then worked as a factory sales representative for the Ford Motor Corporation, but was fired after he submitted expense reports that included personal telephone calls.
Where they do that at!
Following his dismissal from Ford, he moved to Atlanta to study theology and became the pastor of a small Jonesboro, Georgia church.
Long married Dabara S. Houston in 1981 and they were divorced soon afterwards. The couple have a son, Edward Long. Houston said she was the victim of “cruel treatment” and was afraid of Long’s “violent and vicious temper,” according to Fulton County Superior Court records.
She and her son allegedly “had to flee the couple’s Fairburn home in order to ensure their safety”. Long vigorously denied the allegations and in 1985 Houston was awarded custody of the then 2-year-old son. However; Long kept it moving and married Vanessa Griffin in 1990 3 years after he became the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in 1987, which at the time had around 300 members. Under Long, membership grew to 25,000.
But Get A Load Of This!
Long claimed to hold a doctorate in “Pastoral Ministry” from the unaccredited International College of Excellence, which is not recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or United States Department of Education, the two institutions responsible for recognizing educational accrediting institutions in the United States.
See this is what I be talking about; now; I don’t know if this is what it is or not because I don’t know but if it’s been investigated then there is some going on! Let me see if the seal is on the certificate! Or is it some “Funny Business” going on!
Speaking of Funny Business…
During this time, Long was a subject of a Senate investigation, concerning whether he personally profited from his church’s tax-exempt status, which eventually ended without a finding of wrongdoing.
Moving right along to findings of wrong doing!
Also, civil lawsuits were filed against him alleging sexual abuse of multiple underage male members of his parish. Long denied wrongdoing through his attorneys and privately settled the lawsuits out of court for undisclosed amounts to 5 different men.
After he was accused of sexually molesting young fatherless boys in the church, Vanessa Griffin filed for divorce in December 2011. On the same day New Birth’s public relations firm claimed that she had rethought her decision and would withdraw her petition: “Upon further prayerful reflection Vanessa Long is withdrawing the divorce petition.” However Griffin’s attorneys later confirmed that she would continue with the divorce. In response, Long stated that he would be taking a leave of absence from his ministry in an attempt to save his marriage, and that “he needed time to take care of ‘some family business.'” Later that month, New Birth Christian Academy, founded by Long, announced it was closing due to lack of donations and “sending hundreds of students scrambling to find a new school by the following week”, in the wake of Long’s marital and sexual problems.
Y’all I can’t, I know I’ve heard this story over a million times but; every time I hear it irks my soul. Now I’m typing it so it’s really bothering me! IJS!!!
Then after all this; they still upgraded him to Bishop!
Is it me; or do you think they should have put that title on the shelf for someone else…
Maybe it’s just me…
In 1994, Long was given the title “Bishop” in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a group of black Baptist churches that embraced Pentecostal practices. Long’s sermons, writings and teachings emphasize a “chain of command” between certain superiors and subordinates characterized by “respect, submission and obedience”.
And the Promotions continue…
Child, I’m out done but okay; Let Go and Let God! I ain’t got nothing to do with this foolery!
Jesus take the wheel!
So he got to speak at the late Coretta Scott King funeral; I know Martin was like… HUH!
And Long probably sat on the pews with the Big-Dogs or wasn’t in the seat of the scornful? IJS! I can’t call it! And I’m not talking about the Kings… But those Politicians are another story; it’s all about Money, Power and since Bill was there; y’all know the rest… H@%s and I’m not talking about the one Santa be talking about!
But speaking of Money, Power and Ho-Ho-Ho’s…
In 2005, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that between 1997 and 2000, Long received more than $3.07 million worth of compensation and benefits from his non-profit charity, ‘Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc.’ Long contended that the charity did not solicit donations from members but instead gained its income from royalties, speaking fees and several large donations.
Then In 2007 a three year investigation by the United States Senate Committee on Finance into the tax-exempt status of six ministries, including Long’s, concluded that there were no definitive findings of wrongdoing. Donations to the church dropped significantly following the investigation of Long’s salary and church finances.
Then, in September 2010, Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande filed separate lawsuits of the alleged sexual relationships with him. The plaintiffs stated that Long placed the men on the church’s payroll, bought them cars and other gifts, including overseas trips to have sex with them and all of them received a settlement; as I state above.
But those were the only men; out the wood-work came some other fella! In 2011 Centino Kemp came out and was the fifth accuser who also settled.
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In August 2016, Long received major attention on Twitter when he posted a video on Facebook of himself which showed his drastic weight loss. In the video, he said he was eating “raw vegetables” instead of a “slave menu” and that he was not on any medications.
In September 2016, Long issued a statement saying he was “recovering” from an unspecified illness and that the illness was “unrelated” to his diet but as we all know Long died not even a year earlier from what his church called an aggressive form of cancer.
During his final sermon on New Year’s Eve, Bishop Long told the church that God was already working in our favor and what we have been praying for was already manifested.
Long is survived by his wife, Vanessa Long, four children, Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor, and three grandchildren.
Visitation was held yesterday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at New Birth, 6400 Woodrow Rd. in Lithonia, Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, which is in charge of arrangements.
The Funeral Bishop Eddie Long, was held today, Wednesday, January 25, 2017; the viewing started from 8 to 9:30 a.m and the funeral from 11 a.m. it all took place at New Birth.
New Birth has also changed it’s homepage to honor Long, who recently celebrated his 29th pastoral anniversary. It contains a photo of Long in a blue jacket and black slacks, and the date of birth and death. It’s set against a backdrop of a smiling Bishop Long during a service.
An additional. Wednesday, according to Carla Stokes, a church official.
–New Birth will provide transportation service from the Indian Creek MARTA station on Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The bus will leave New Birth 15 minutes after the funeral has ended.
–Long is survived by his wife, Vanessa Long, and four children: Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor; and three grandchildren.
JANUARY 25, 2017 LITHONIA Family members including wife, Vanessa (right), sons Jared and Eric and daughter Taylor, are shown during the Home-going services for Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.