Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, has died at the age of 63. Long died after a “gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer,” according to the statement from the church. The preacher died as a result of cancer, the nature of the cancer was however not disclosed.
Bishop Long made his health challenge known in September last year. Details below.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vanessa Long, his four children and three grandchildren.
“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,” Vanessa Long said in a statement.
The statement from the church reads:
“Deeply committed to his church, even in his last days, Bishop Long delivered his final message to New Birth as we ushered in 2017. He told the church that God was already working in our favor and what we have been praying for was already manifested. In his departure, we receive that and as faithful members of New Birth, we praise God for the life of Bishop Long. Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world. He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer. Long was a family man and spiritual leader who was well respected and loved for his passion to unapologetically and courageously preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Long inspired thousands of believers around the world through his global ministry that literally changed lives. Through his earthly battle, Bishop Long believed that God was once again using him to help others see the power of the Holy Spirit through the love New Birth displayed to him and the countless prayers sent up by others from every corner of the earth.”