Installation services will be held Sunday for the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
A third-generation pastor, Bryant was selected from among 138 applicants to lead the prominent Stonecrest megachurch.
Installation services will be held at 9:30 a.m. and at 6:45 p.m. at the church, which is located at 6400 Woodrow Rd. at Bishop Eddie L. Long Parkway.
Scheduled speakers, guests and performers include Bishop Neil Ellis; DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond; award-winning gospel performer, Jonathan Nelson; former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young; U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson; the Rev. Al Sharpton, of the National Action Network; and Bishop Marvin Sapp.
Bryant, 46, succeeded Bishop Stephen Davis as senior pastor, who resigned last year. Davis, who pastors a church in Birmingham, succeeded the late Bishop Eddie L. Long.
Bryant, a Morehouse College and Duke University graduate, was previously the pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore. He founded the megachurch and grew it from 49 people to more than 10,000.
“I am beyond humbled that God has ordered my steps that I might serve Him and His people in this phenomenal church.” Bryant, who is also an author and activist, said in a statement. “New Birth’s legacy of excellence is unparalleled, and I believe we’re destined to do even greater works in this community and for the people who deserve hope, inspiration and a ministry of excellence.”
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