By Victor Ochieng
Rumors have it that Bishop Stephen A. Davis of New Birth Birmingham is resigning from his position as senior pastor of New Birth Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. Davis took over the position after Long and the church’s board of directors agreed on him as the one to succeed Long, a decision officially adopted by the church in 2013.
Joining the church, Davis came on the “crest of a highly successful tenure as senior pastor, president, and chairman of the board, formerly known as Refiner’s House.”
Bishop Davis and Long had ties since 2006. Come 2011, Davis’ Refiner’s House in Birmingham was converted to become a plant of the New Birth Church, more as an expansion of Long’s church. It was during a Sunday service in January 2017 when Davis was introduced to the church as its new senior pastor, with the announcement effective immediately.
According to an article posted on ObnoxiousTelevision.com, the last Sunday of February, which was on 25th could be Davis’ last as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. It appears like things haven’t been good for the Bishop at the church.
Taking over from Long, a controversial pastor whose death also came with a cloud of suspicion, has been quite a challenge for a pastor who was running a successful church in Birmingham.
A source revealed that Edward Long, Eddie Long’s eldest son, could be preparing himself to sue Davis over some financial matters. This is reportedly what has made the pastor to submit his letter of resignation to the New Birth trustees.
Speculations have it that the younger Long could be rising to take over the position his father held at the church. He’s already running New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s campus in Charlotte.
In other reports, the church’s campus in Lithonia, Georgia is facing foreclosure and DeKalb County is considering purchasing it and turning it into a Civic Center. All these issues and the planned lawsuit against him appear to be a little too much for Davis to handle and he’s made up his mind to throw in the towel.
No word has come out about who’s going to take over at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
But that’s just one aspect of it. Some other sources have revealed that Davis has another church in Birmingham with a congregation of 2,000 members, meaning he possibly has a fallback plan as soon as he quits his position at the New Birth.