Bishop Eddie Long Is Dead

By Ikenga Chronicles January 15, 2017

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has announced the death of their pastor, Bishop Eddie Long on Sunday morning.

Confirming the death, Long’s wife, Vanessa said: “I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place.”

“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”

Long’s congregation was informed of his death during Sunday morning service, and the news sent shock waves throughout the church.

Several members collapsed and broke into tears.

Long “was the greatest person to walk the face of the earth since Jesus,” one of the church’s pastors said. “Don’t let anyone try to destroy his legacy. Stay united, because he is with the Lord.”

In September 2016, Long released a statement that said he was recovering from a “health challenge” in response to reports that he had been recently hospitalized.

Long was born May 12, 1953, in Huntersville, NC. In 1987, he became the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church which, at the time, had around 300 members. The church’s current membership now totals more than 25,000.

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