Bishop Eddie L. Long

The visionary and leader for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie L. Long,  is a native of North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center. Additionally, Long received honorary doctorates from North Carolina Central University, Beulah Heights Bible College of Atlanta and the Morehouse School of Religion. Bishop Long earned a doctoral Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from the International College of Excellence, an affiliate of Life Christian University in Tampa, Florida.  

Bishop Long is revered internationally as a dynamic man of vision, leadership, integrity and compassion. In addition to his commitment to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church as senior pastor, Bishop Long also serves on an array of boards including serving as: Vice Chair of the Morehouse School of Religion Board of Directors, former member of Board of Visitors for Emory University, member of Board of Trustees for North Carolina Central University, member of Board of Trustees for Young Life, member of Board of Trustees for Fort Valley State University, member of Board of Directors for Safehouse Outreach Ministries, honorary member of 100 Black Men of America and appointed to FAMU (Florida A & M Univ.) Foundation Board Member in July, 2008.

Bishop Long has been named one of America’s 125 most influential leaders. His awards recognizing his world changing ministry include: the 2003 Leadership Award: Faith/Community Award from 100 Black Men of America, the 2003 Religious Contemporary Award from IRC’s “Portraits of Sweet Success, and the 2003 Champion Award for Spiritual Enlightenment from All Children Are Special, Inc. Savoy Magazine also selected him in 2003 as one of The Most Influential Blacks in America and in 1999.

A noted author, Bishop Long’s captivating and powerful messages are masterfully captured in a number of audio and video series including:  I Don’t Want Delilah, I Need You, The Spirit of Negativity and Familiarity and Kingdom Relationships, Power of a Wise Woman, What a Man Wants, What a Woman Needs, Called to Conquer and Taking Over, Gladiator: The Strength of a Man and his most recent It’s Your Time: Reclaim Your Territory for the Kingdom, The Elect Lady: Life’s Obstacles become God’s Opportunities.

Bishop Long and his wife Vanessa are the proud parents of four children: Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor. The couple has also served as surrogate parents for many other children in the church and community.