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Eddie Lee Long (born May 12, 1953) is the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States, near Lithonia. When Long started as pastor for New Birth in 1987, there were 300 church members. Since his installation, membership has grown to 25,000.

Long attended North Mecklenburg High School before attending North Carolina Central University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Long is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and he received his Master of Divinity degree from Interdenominational Theological Center. He holds a PhD in Pastoral Ministry from the International College of Excellence, a Bible college accredited by an organization not recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or United States Department of Education, the two institutions responsible for recognizing educational accrediting institutions in the United States (see Accrediting Commission International). North Carolina Central University, Beulah Heights Bible College, and the Morehouse School of Religion have given him honorary doctorates.

After getting his undergraduate degree, Long worked as a factory sales representative for Ford Motor Corporation. He was fired after he submitted expense reports that included personal telephone calls. "He moved to Atlanta to study theology and became the pastor of a small Jonesboro, GA church." In 1987 he became head of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which at the time at 300 members; under Long, membership grew to 25,000. In 2002, John Blake of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that Long "was consecrated a bishop in 1994 by the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a relatively new movement within African-American Baptist churches that embraces Pentecostal beliefs."

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