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North Carolina Central Alum Eddie Long Takes Leave of Absence as New Birth Missionary Pastor

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Embattled minister Eddie Long announced a leave of absence from his post as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church over the weekend, leaving behind lingering questions of the future of his marriage and mega congregation.

Their charismatic bishop, who in May settled with five young men who accused him of sexual coercion and who has fought a series of other legal battles, said he was temporarily stepping away from the pulpit to try to save his marriage.

The announcement came after his wife, Vanessa Long, 53, filed for divorce Thursday. Friday, she recanted after “prayerful reflection” but later in the day changed her mind and said she did intend to end their marriage of 21 years. They have four children. (New York Times)