via Joy105:

Bishop Stephen A. Davis, who will succeed Bishop Eddie Long as New Birth’s senior pastor, stands with his wife Darlene. (Photo courtesy of New Birth)

Bishop Stephen A. Davis, who stepped in as interim senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb County  after the death of Bishop Eddie Long, has resigned.

A national search will be launched for his successor.

Thomas W. Dortch Jr. ,  chairman of the church’s board, said the “strain on Bishop Davis from having to come back and forth from Birmingham to Atlanta weekly while maintaining his other churches – one in Birmingham and one in Tuscaloosa – became a major challenge for him.”

Dortch, a prominent Atlanta businessman,  also said  it was also difficult for Davis to be away from his family “and that is quite understandable.”

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