Bishop Long’s congregation was informed of his death during Sunday morning services, and the news sent shock waves throughout the church. Several members collapsed and broke into tears.
He (referring to the Bishop) “was the greatest person to walk the face of the earth since Jesus,” said one of the church’s pastors said. “Don’t let anyone try to destroy his legacy. Stay united, because he is with the Lord.”
His wife of 27 years, Vanessa Long, added to the statement that she was confident her husband “is now resting in a better place. Although, his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”