|Bishop Eddie L. Long|
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) remembers the life of Bishop Eddie L. Long, an alumnus, former member of the NCCU Board of Trustees and accomplished bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Long was born in 1953 in Huntersville, N.C., and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from NCCU in 1977. While at NCCU, Long was an active member of the university community and became a member of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was appointed pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, Ga. in 1987, expanding the once-small congregation to more than 25,000 members and adding churches in Miami, Denver and Charlotte.
Throughout his successful career he remained a generous philanthropist and donor to many causes. Long received a Doctor of Humane Letters from NCCU in 1998. A longtime supporter of NCCU, he created an endowed scholarship in 2008 and served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2009. Long delivered the NCCU Commencement address in December 2004, and urged graduates to “dream big” and use their degrees to fulfill their calling. In 2013, his son, Jared, also earned a diploma from NCCU.
Long is survived by his wife, Vanessa, his children, Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor, his three grandchildren and his brothers.
A resolution honoring Bishop Eddie L. Long was presented to his family at the funeral on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, by the Chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees, George R. Hamilton.