Bishop Eddie Long’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

(Instagram/Edward Long)

Photo shared by Eddie Long’s son, Edward, of the family. (Instagram/Edward Long)

Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Georgia, passed away from aggressive cancer at 63, leaving behind four children (Edward, Jared, Taylor, and Eric) and his wife Vanessa. Vanessa and Eddie almost split in 2011 after allegations that he had sexual relationships with young boys, but they called off the divorce a year later. Eddie’s daughter Taylor posted a heartfelt message about her dad on Instagram shortly after he died. Read on for more details about Eddie and his children, grandchildren, his wife, and his brother and parents.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Eddie Long Has Four Children: Edward, Jared, Taylor, & Eric

Eddie Long has four children: Edward, Jared, Taylor, and Eric Long. Eddie was first married to Dabara S. Houston from 1981 to 1985 and they have one child, Edward. Eddie has been married to Vanessa Long since 1990 and they have three children: Jared, Taylor, and Eric Long. Edward Long shared the Instagram photo above of the family.

Eddie also has three grandchildren. Edward has posted photos and talked about his nephews on Instagram, such as below:


2. Eddie Long’s Oldest Son, Edward Long, Is Also a Minister

(Facebook/Edward Long)

(Facebook/Edward Long)

Edward is a musician and a minister. He’s an ordained minister and youth director at New Birth Missionary Church, where his father was senior pastor. As a musician, he has ministered at World Changers Church International, Crenshaw Christian Center, Mega Fest, and other events, according to his Facebook page.

3. Eddie Long’s Daughter, Taylor Long, Left a Heartfelt Note About Her Dad on Instagram

Eddie Long’s daughter left a heartfelt message about her dad on Instagram after he passed away. She wrote: “I love you Dad. Thank you for being perfect. I cherish every moment I’ve shared w/you even up to your last breath. I don’t blame God for wanting you back, I would too. everything I do is for you, it’s been my honor to be your daughter.”

Earlier, she posted a photo from years before, when she got a tattoo on the back of her neck with her dad’s name:

Taylor lives in Georgia and is a beauty and lifestyle vlogger.

4. Eddie and Vanessa Long Almost Got Divorced, But Later Reconciled

LITHONIA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26: Bishop Eddie Long walks to the pulpit with his wife Vanessa Long to give a sermon where he addressed sex scandal allegations at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church September 26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch was accused of luring young men into sexual relationships, has told his congregation of thousands that he denies all the allegations and that all people must face painful and distasteful situations. (Photo by John Amis-Pool/Getty Images)

Bishop Eddie Long walks to the pulpit with his wife Vanessa Long to give a sermon where he addressed sex scandal allegations at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church September 26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty)

Eddie and Vanessa Long have been married for 27 years, but they almost got divorced in 2011. In 2010, four young men accused Eddie Long of sexually abusing them when they were teens. He denied the allegations, but Vanessa filed for divorce in late 2011, CBS46 reported. She said there was no hope for reconciliation and the marriage was “irretrievably” broken. Later that same month, there were some back-and-forth statements from her and her attorney’s about whether or not the divorce was really going to happen. In September 2012, she decided not to divorce Eddie Long and they stayed married until his death.


5. Eddie Long’s Older Brother, James Long, Also Died of Cancer in 2010

Eddie has a large family. He was born to Rev. Floyd M. Long and Hattie Long. His mother, Hattie, lived to be 91 and passed away after a long illness about four years ago. His older brother, James, died in 2010 from cancer. James Long was a Pastor in Florida, according to local news sources published at the time.

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