New Birth Missionary Baptist Church released a statement this morning to the press that their pastor Bishop Eddie L. Long has transitioned from this life after an intense fight against an aggressive form of cancer. The statement reads, in part, that the church will celebrate the life and legacy of their pastor who is now spiritually healed and present with the Lord.

Bishop Long’s wife of 27 years, Vanessa, issued a statement which offered her confidence and belief that her husband was now resting in a better place. She added that his death would leave a void for those who loved him, but they can celebrate and be happy knowing he is finally at peace.

Bishop Eddie Long delivered his last message to the New Birth family recently looking rather frail and almost unrecognisable. Nevertheless, he was strong enough to tell the church that God was working in their favor and that answers to prayers were already being manifested.

Bishop Long had been one of the world’s most influential leaders of faith

Until scandal broke due accusations by young men calling out Long for alleged sexual indiscretions, the North Carolina native stood tall among spiritual leaders as a pioneer, a kingdom builder and a revolutionary mind changer. He was well respected for his brand of preaching the gospel and recognised for inspiring other across the globe.

Eventually, many began to view the famed preacher as a leader who fell from grace.

An outpouring of condolences from those in the gospel industry like former ministers of music Kevin Bond and Byron Cage has already begun to stream in.

A church in transition

Bishop Eddie L. Long became the senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in 1987. The church is located in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia, Georgia.

He is survived by his wife First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, four adult children: Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor and three grandchildren.

An official cause of death has not been released. The family is requesting privacy at this time, but home-going service date and details will be forthcoming.