Vice Chairman of Board of Directors For New Birth Says Bishop Eddie Long Replacement Search Will “Be Completed Before March 1st”

JANUARY 25, 2017 LITHONIA Family members including wife, Vanessa (right center), sons Edward, 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, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Bishop Long died January 15th, from cancer. He was 63 years old. (Credit: Pool Photographer/Hyosub Shin/AJC)
JANUARY 25, 2017 LITHONIA Family members including wife, Vanessa (right center), sons Edward, 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, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Bishop Long died January 15th, from cancer. He was 63 years old. (Credit: Pool Photographer/Hyosub Shin/AJC)

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church will soon have a new leader.

It was in 1987 when Pastor Eddie Long assumed leadership. Through the years its membership grew from 300 to more than 25,000. The leader, who became Bishop Eddie Long, died on January 15, 2017, from, according to the church, “an aggressive form of cancer”. Bishop Long’s funeral was held yesterday at the church.

So, what’s next for the megachurch? Thomas Dortch, Vice Chairman of the church’s Board of Directors says, “we’re beginning to look at who will be the successor at New Birth” and that the search “will be completed before March 1st.”

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SOURCE: CBS Atlanta V-103 – Maria Boynton