Eddie Long

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Eddie Long
Born Eddie Lee Long
(1953-05-12)May 12, 1953
Huntersville, North Carolina, U.S.
Died January 15, 2017(2017-01-15) (aged 63)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater North Carolina Central University
International College of Excellence
Occupation Pastor
Years active 1985–2016
Employer New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
(1987–2017)
Spouse(s)
Dabara S. Houston
(m. 1981; div. 1985)
[1]
Vanessa Griffin
(m. 1990; his death 2017)
Children
  • Edward
  • Eric
  • Jared
  • Taylor
Awards Trumpet Award

Eddie Lee Long (May 12, 1953 – January 15, 2017)[2] was an American pastor. He was the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, from 1987 until his death in 2017.

Career[change | change source]

When Long started as pastor for New Birth Church, there were 300 church members, which grew to 25,000. During this time, Long was found not guilty in Senate investigations concerning whether he personally profited from his church's tax-exempt status.

Also, civil lawsuits were filed against him alleging sexual abuse of multiple underage male members of his parish. Long has denied wrongdoing through his attorneys and privately settled the lawsuits out of court for undisclosed amounts.

Death[change | change source]

Long died from cancer-related causes on January 15, 2017, aged 63.

References[change | change source]

  1. Boone, Christian; Tygami, Ty (December 29, 2010). "Bishop Eddie Long—Ex-wife accused him in divorce papers of abuse". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  2. Blake, John; Narayan, Chandrika (January 15, 2017). "Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63". CNN. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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