New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Coordinates: 33°41′56″N 84°08′19″W / 33.6989941°N 84.1386036°W / 33.6989941; -84.1386036 (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church)
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33°41′56″N 84°08′19″W / 33.6989941°N 84.1386036°W / 33.6989941; -84.1386036 (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church)

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
New Birth MBC in 2017
Location6400 Woodrow Road at Bishop Eddie L. Long Parkway Stonecrest
Country United States
Founded(1939); 1983
Senior pastor(s)Eddie Long (1987 - 2017) Jamal Harrison Bryant

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is a charismatic Christian Baptist megachurch in Stonecrest, DeKalb County, Georgia. Its senior pastor is Jamal Bryant since 2018.


The church was founded in 1939 in Scottdale as Travelers Rest Baptist Church. [1] In 1983, it moved to Decatur and adopted its current name. Eddie Long took over as pastor in 1987. At the time, the church had only 300 members.

In 1994, New Birth became a member of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. [2]

In 2001, it dedicated a new building including a 10,000-seat auditorium. [3]

In 2002, New Birth was chosen to host the live recording of Dorinda Clark-Cole. This same year, it was chosen by the family of rapper and R&B superstar Lisa Left Eye Lopes to host the funeral for the rapper, who was killed in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras.[4]

In 2003, New Birth planted a branch called "New Birth Charlotte" in Charlotte, North Carolina. The campus closed its doors in 2013, and has since sold its building.[5] Mecklenburg County records show the church defaulted on its payments to Evangelical Christian Credit Union for a $10 million loan.

On August 15, 2004 the church opened a branch called "New Birth Memphis" in Memphis, Tennessee. The church has since closed and New Birth Memphis no longer exists.[6]

Then in the future years, there were more churches such as New Birth Metro, New Birth Knoxville, New Birth Oakland, and New Birth California.

In 2006, the church was chosen by the family of Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr., to host and officiate her funeral.[7] The event was attended by four Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter).[8]

In 2008, the church ended its partnership with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.[9]

In 2010, the church had 25,000 members. [10]

In 2018, the church had 10,000 members. [11]

On January 15, 2017, Bishop Eddie Long died from an aggressive form of cancer according to a statement released by the church.[12]

In 2017, Stephen A. Davis, pastor of New Birth Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama became senior pastor while remaining pastor of the Birmingham.[13] However in June, 2018 Bishop Davis resigned.

In December 2018, Jamal Bryant became senior pastor.[14]

Medical clinic[edit]

In November 2023, the Church inaugurated a community medical clinic in the church fitness center.[15]


Salary and Senate investigation[edit]

In 2005, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that between 1997 and 2000, Eddie 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.[16] 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,[17] concluded that there were no definitive findings of wrongdoing.[18] Donations to the church dropped significantly following the investigation of Long's salary and church finances.[19]

Allegations of sexual impropriety and lawsuits[edit]

In September 2010, Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande filed separate lawsuits alleging that Eddie Long used his pastoral influence to coerce them into sexual relationships with him.[20][21] [22] The plaintiffs state that Long placed the men on the church's payroll, bought them cars and other gifts, including overseas trips.[23][24]

In May 2011, that the lawsuits were settled out of court; terms were undisclosed. Later on, media outlets indicated that Centino Kemp was the fifth accuser who also settled.[25][26]

Marijuana cultivation project[edit]

In 2022, in Rashan Ali's "Cool Soror" podcast, Jamal Bryant said he wanted to develop a "new gospel for adults" who are used to having sex and wanted to grow marijuana on the land of the church to attract young people to church. [27] Bishop Patrick Wooden Sr., pastor of the Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina, criticized that project, saying that marijuana is a dangerous drug that led to depression and suicides.


  1. ^ NPR, New Birth Missionary Church Hosts King's Funeral,, USA, February 7, 2006
  2. ^ Jonathan L. Walton, Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, NYU Press, USA, 2009, p. 128
  3. ^ Errin Haines, Ga. pastor spent a generation building megachurch,, USA, September 23, 2010
  4. ^ "Thousands mourn 'Left Eye'". BBC News. May 3, 2002. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Angie Moses, New Birth Charlotte enters foreclosure,, USA, October 23, 2014
  6. ^ Holmes, Kevin (September 22, 2010). "Bishop Eddie Long Sex Scandal Has Ties To Memphis". ABC 24 News. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
  7. ^ Day to Day (February 7, 2006). "New Birth Missionary Church Hosts King's Funeral". NPR. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
  8. ^ McNamara, Melissa (February 7, 2006). "Four Presidents Join 10,000 Mourners At Coretta Scott King's Funeral". CBS. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
  9. ^ Joe Maxwell, The Calm After the Storm,, USA, July 31, 2008
  10. ^ Shelia M. Poole, New Birth names Jamal Bryant as new senior pastor,, USA, November 19, 2018
  11. ^ Shelia M. Poole, New Birth names Jamal Bryant as new senior pastor,, USA, November 19, 2018
  12. ^ Eldridge, Ellen; Tagami, Ty; Poole, Sheila. "Bishop Eddie Long dies of aggressive form of cancer, church says". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Samuel Smith, Eddie Long's Successor at Georgia Megachurch, Bishop Stephen A Davis, Resigns,, USA, June 06, 2018
  14. ^ Leonardo Blair, Jamal Bryant gets rock star welcome at New Birth, offered full support of county gov't,, USA, December 10, 2018
  15. ^ Larry Spruill, New Birth Church opens health facility to expand medical services in South DeKalb,, USA, November 12, 2023
  16. ^ Blake, John (January 17, 2017) [August 28, 2005]. "2005 AJC Report: Bishop Eddie Long benefits from his own church's charity". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  17. ^ Lohr, Kathy (December 4, 2007). "Senator Probes Megachurches' Finances". National Public Radio. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
  18. ^ Zoll, Rachel (July 1, 2011). "Televangelists escape penalty in Senate inquiry". NBC News. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  19. ^ "Bishop Long's church takes financial hit after scandal". Michigan Chronicle. March 9, 2011. p. A3.
  20. ^ "Men allege sexual coercion by prominent Atlanta pastor". CNN. September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  21. ^ Gay, Mara (September 22, 2010). "Preacher Eddie Long Faces Third Sex Abuse Claim". AOL. Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  22. ^ Bluestein, Greg (September 24, 2010). "4th Man Sues Ga. Megachurch Pastor". The Seattle News. Associated Press. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  23. ^ Matteucci, Megan; Boone, Christian (September 23, 2010). "Bishop Eddie Long Radio interview, press conference canceled in wake of 3rd lawsuit". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  24. ^ Matt James C. Mckinley and Robbie Brown (September 25, 2010). "Sex scandal threatens a Georgia pastor's empire". Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  25. ^ Poole, Shelia M.; Boone, Christian (May 27, 2011). "Eddie Long case officially dismissed". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  26. ^ "Bishop Eddie Long Update: Fox 5's I-Team Uncovers 5th Accuser In Sex Scandal". Vibe. July 29, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  27. ^ Leonardo Blair, Pastor Jamal Bryant suggests new ‘gospel for grownups’ who are 'used to getting some' sex,, USA, December 20, 2022

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