Rev. Jamal Bryant Leaving Baltimore To Head Atlanta Megachurch

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Reverend Jamal H. Bryant, founding pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, is said to be taking his sermons from Maryland to Georgia.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Bryant will be the heading to a well-known megachurch near Atlanta where he will become the new senior pastor.

Confirmation came in Monday from the megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a church that has more than 10,000 members.

Chairman on the board at the church, Thomas W. Dortch Jr., stated in a text message to The Baltimore Sun that Bryant was selected by a vote among board members.

Dortch also stated how “thrilled” he was to have Bryant officially a part of the ministry.

“I’ve known Jamal for years, dating all the way back to his NAACP days, and I’ve watched him grow his church from about 45 congregants to thousands of people, and I believe he’ll make a wonderful fit,” Dortch exclaimed.

During his sermons this past Sunday at Empowerment Temple, Bryant told the congregation he would be stepping down from his position at the church he founded almost 20 years ago.

He also told the congregation he will preach his final sermon on December 2nd.

Bryant will be filling in the shoes of the late Eddie Long who passed away in 2017 due to cancer.

Long founded the now megachurch in 1939, by the 80s membership increased to 300 people. Since then, Long has transformed the church by moving to a new location with a capacity of 10,000 people and by 2010 the church had 25,000 members.

Besides being a founding pastor, Bryant has not shied away from taking his political stance.

Bryant, a former NAACP youth director, has been a leading activist in several police brutality tragedies from Trayvon Martin to Freddie Gray.

Rev. Bryant revealed the news of his new position at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on his Twitter.

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