Vanessa Long spoke at a recent meeting with the ladies of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, sharing that she endured many struggles during her husband’s s*xual misconduct allegations in 2010. Long also spoke about her decision to file for divorce in 2011, a decision she subsequently changed her mind about.
Speaking to the women at the Heart to Heart women’s ministry on Aug. 21, she said,
“I was in the middle of a storm, and I got off the ship.”
When Eddie Long was accused of of s****l misconduct with male minors in September of 2010, Long shared that she struggled with her decision to leave her husband but in the end, she decided to stay with him and her New Birth family and use the experience to minister to others.
Said a tearful Long, who is an elder at New Birth,
“I realized that the best thing I could do was to let you see me as a woman, just like you. A woman capable of making good decisions and a woman capable of making bad decisions. Instead of condemning myself, I can use what happened as an opportunity to minister myself to someone else going through a storm.”
The audience responded by giving her a standing ovation.
After speaking to the Heart to Heart ministry, congregants took to Facebook to support her and commend her for sharing her experience with some calling it “powerful,” “inspiring,” and spiritual.”
A comment from Rhonda Chapman read,
“God is and will always be in control. Some of us will leave the boat during the storm, but it takes a true Virtuous woman to get back on and conquer. Love you…First Lady Long.”
At the beginning of December 2010, Long released a statement saying that she was divorcing her husband, Eddie Long, the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church located in an Atlanta suburb. Not long after her statement, Long released yet another statement saying she had changed her mind. Even after the second statement, Long went back and forth about whether or not she was leaving her preacher husband.
Two months later, the Longs’ divorce case was “dismissed without prejudice, which meant that she was not pursuing a divorce but still had the right to do so in the future.
Long filed for the divorce after her husband was accused of s*xual misconduct by five different young men from his congregation.
Out of the five young men who accused Eddie Long of s*xual misconduct, four filed lawsuits against him. All four lawsuits were settled out of court privately.
Eddie and Vanessa Long have been married for 23 years and are the parents of three children.