“Jamal

Pastor Jamal Bryant broke the news to his congregation that he was leaving the Northwest Baltimore church he founded 18 years ago. He said they didn't take the news well.

"The news did not go over well, at all," Bryant said in an extensive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There was a great gnashing of teeth. Nobody was expecting it."

Bryant, who founded the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, will take over as spiritual leader at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia in December.

The megachurch, which boasts 10,000 members, was founded by Bishop Eddie Long who died from an aggressive form of cancer in 2017.

Bryant, 47, was practically run out of town after rampant rumors of philandering and pressuring women to have abortions. One of the women was allegedly as young as 17.

Bryant was still married to reality TV star Gizelle Bryant when rumors spread that he impregnated a member of his church.

Bryant and Gizelle, one of the stars of Real Housewives of Potomac, share 3 daughters.

In her divorce filing, Gizelle accused the randy pastor of adultery, cruelty, and "excessive vicious conduct" that caused "unreasonable apprehension of bodily suffering so as to render cohabitation unsafe," according to an article in The Sun newspaper.

Bryant said a message from God convinced him to cut his losses and move to Atlanta.

He said God told him "this is not your church; it belongs to the people. I had a sense of ownership that had leaped into entitlement. I began to think this (Empowerment Temple) is me, but God tapped me on the shoulder and said hold on. Not so fast. I had no reason to leave Baltimore but for the prompting of God," Bryant told the AJC.

He said he discussed his move with his father, John Richard Bryant, a retired bishop at the AME Church.

Bryant was one of 138 names in consideration to replace Bishop Long's successor, Bishop Stephen A. Davis, who resigned a year after taking the position.

"Yes, he made some mistakes in life, but he's learned from them and grown to understand he has to move forward," said Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman of New Birth's board who voted to give Bryant the job. "If you can't find redemption in the church, then where do you find it?"

Bryant says he wants to grow New Birth's congregation and regain the community's trust after the sex scandal that forced Bishop Long to step down before he died.

"We've got to rebuild trust and bring the church collective through the grieving process that I don't believe they have really gone through," said Bryant. "It’s just been shock after shock. They don't need a speaker, but a shepherd to help lead and guide."

Tracy Johnson, a member of New Birth for 20 years, says she is pleased with the new pastor.

"I believe he's that pastor who will reignite the fire that New Birth had for a long time."

Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images

  • Renee26

    Where he will guide this new flock.... We shall see

  • LYRICS

    Pastor or not ANYONE named "Jamal"...... (ALL spelling) ?

  • Judge Mental Will

    Gain trust by getting in those women(some men?????) panties. That's why I hate mega church's.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    They'll follow this fool too. Smh

  • Pamela

    It's interesting how some people have no shame. This church is going to regret choosing this as it's pastor. A leopard can't change its spots

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you no likey the Arabic names? Lol!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i wonder why the first guy left after only a year (Sandra, what had happened?) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96b91ce0cf4d1b1096df2493bd56e88573aa6ea598ec972e4f5de6a142f25a42.gif

  • Trey

    so sad....

  • Carrington

    This has nothing to do with nothing... but he is ug & lee.

  • ohdearme

    hmmm I don't know about "God" tapped him on the shoulder, however I do know that his ex Gizelle plans to kick him in the a** when she releases her tell all about being the first lady of his church! Me thinks that may have helped him decide to move on down the road a bit. Not that God can't do it, he seems to follow God when it suits him, so yeah.

  • Carrington

    ... even Cookie nem baby, Jamal Lyons... LMAO

  • Yardgirl

    We have a mega church in town and that place is ran like a well oiled bidness!! I shudder thinking about the people funding Pastor Ripoff's over the top lifestyle while struggling to live a meager life. Damn damn damn.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I DON'T DO MEGACHURCHES!! I am a member of the historical Ebenezer, but it doesn't give off the megachurch aura.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I DON'T DO MEGACHURCHES!! I am a member of the historical Ebenezer, but it doesn't give off the megachurch aura.

  • Blue

    For his first service he should come zip-lining into the sanctuary like that preacher I keep seeing on social media. That's all I got.

  • Blue

    For his first service he should come zip-lining into the sanctuary like that preacher I keep seeing on social media. That's all I got.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    He is going to make a lot of money off those pseudo Christians.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    He is going to make a lot of money off those pseudo Christians.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So you replace one pastor who had a major sex scandal with another pastor who's had his own sex scandals? #questionable
    I think they could have done better.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So you replace one pastor who had a major sex scandal with another pastor who's had his own sex scandals? #questionable
    I think they could have done better.

  • MookieFly

    To go from one cheating leader to the next... thankfully this isn't the middle ages and the bible is in English so you can praise him in whatever way you see fit instead of being tied to the church

  • MookieFly

    To go from one cheating leader to the next... thankfully this isn't the middle ages and the bible is in English so you can praise him in whatever way you see fit instead of being tied to the church

  • Mike Jones

    ???

  • Mike Jones

    ???

  • stav

    Wolves in sheep clothing!

  • stav

    Wolves in sheep clothing!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Let da dragging begin ... bout to head Christmas shopping ?????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Let da dragging begin ... bout to head Christmas shopping ?????

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    it may be that they don't "want" better. if they sat there defiantly disbelieving those boys even after it became a court case, it's clear that these folks intend to remain in 'their' church as long as it's standing. other than the few who did leave when the scandal went public, these are die hard members. unfortunately, their identities may be so tied to their membership that they'd rather fight (to keep the church going) than switch.

  • TriniHarlem
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ??????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • Blue

    hahahaha. Nancy, I want you and I to be on the front row of the church ... with popcorn.

  • TriniHarlem

    Safe shopping boo. Did mine from home with my lazy ass.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Exactly!!! They had to hold me back from running to the top to cut the cord on that mufugga!!!

  • Karen Brady

    the "randy" pastor... teeeeeheeeeeeee heeeeeee

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!! All around us!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    How many members were at his old church? I know preachers leave churches all the time, but it is weird to me that he would leave a church founded, to go to a completely different church. And the new church is a different denomination altogether. It's weird.

    That being said, he always seemed...interesting. I know another pastor that he is close to and that pastor is... interesting.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    This nucca!!! Don't know him but already can't stand him!! His god tapped him on the shoulder and said.."hurrup there's a bunch of dressed up followers that want to SNATCH YOU WITH THEIR SNATCH AND BE YOUR WIFE , SIDE PIECE AND DUDE PIECE!!"

  • Karen Brady

    literally shaking my head.

  • Karen Brady

    :-)...*CRINE*

  • Bossy704

    I've never seen hair plugs cut so close. Maybe he just got them. With that deception staring in my face I can't trust him.

  • Moon Lee

    Lawd get ready, he bout to be in trouble. These ATL Church Boo-Boos got the trap set 4 the big rat! Come get some Southern Holy Ghost Cheese Negro! He's about to seal his own fate!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I kinda want to go to the mall. But, I already spent over $1K (on myself) so I should just chill.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He's a talented preacher, no doubt. But to me, that's the problem I see out there a lot. ...Some of these churches are looking for talent like NBA franchises drafting star athletes for their teams. Just because a man has "talent" doesn't mean he'll be a good shepherd for the flock.

  • Karen Brady

    chile I leave them to it.. I remember when they gave Creflo a Bentley for his bday years back as they pulled up to his bday celebration in their Hyundais and Corollas and Kias.

  • Karen Brady

    lolll

  • Being bad is way more fun

    We are all humans and we all have skeletons in our closet his just came out to play and was caught. Dont judge him and think you are any better just because you have been caught yet. I wish him well and if his members dont like it they can move to ATL to be with him if not then move on.

  • Yardgirl

    Girrrrl!! At this one, passa and his wife both drive brand new Escalades!! When a church requests to see your tax returns before you get membership, that church can kiss me where the sun don't shine!!

  • Yardgirl

    That clip had me crine!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    It's not about being "caught". Everyone sins, yes...falls short of the glory of God and all that. But, you aren't supposed to lie down and roll around in the mud. Then, get up on Sunday drenched in dirt and shyt and attempt to lead people to God. He appears to be a philanderer. Instead of sitting down and getting right with God, he attempts to justify his ongoing behavior. It's shameful.

  • TMW

    We already know the answer to that...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    money talks. from what i've read, new birth offered him a hefty annual salary and other perqs. the median income in baltimore is much lower than the nat'l avg. and the crime rate is much higher.

    the church he founded is in baltimore and is NOT a typical 'megachurch' with an abundance of affluent doctors, lawyers, athletes, etc. in the congregation. it's situated in the 'community' where there is a lot of need. (not that he didn't still manage to drive the best cars and have a nice home, but it's a different setup in ATL) plus, Phaedra IS in the ATL.

    #MrChocolate?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • Eileen

    Are you kidding me....really? Although I cannot judge people when they say God spoke to them. I can safely say you know the tree by the fruit it bears. Yes the church is where you can find redemption however the board made an unwise move in choosing to give this individual a high profile position as New Births Pastor! God forgives but in each case in the Bible once a person lost their high-profile position because of bad conduct, God forgave them but he also took their high position away. Remember Moses saw the Promised land but he could not enter into it because of his disobedience. David loved God but because of his romp with Bethsheba and murdering her husband he could not build the Temple. I could go on and on but you get the point! Unwise move on the part of Tommy Dortch and company...umh

  • TMW

    Atlanta is a bigger platform, salary probably has something to do with it. And he needs a new hunting ground because the people at his old church already got his number. And he probably left before he was forced to resign.

    I am not a fan of organized religion. At all.

  • Soda

    What a joyful church! https://binged.it/2E1SEZk

  • TMW

    For better or for worse, Jamal Bryant has name recognition. New Birth was looking for a new “star” in the pulpit, not a new pastor for the congregation.

  • Eileen

    very true! The black church as we know of it today most of them are about fashion shows and unrighteousness misleading people who really need help.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Wait. He was Mr. Chocolate? While he was with Tweet? Not surprised...but this is news to me.

  • Eileen

    Your tax returns is nobodies buidness! If the government doesn't ask for the churches tax returns why should the passor ask for yours?! It isn't Biblical. I understand there is a bidness side of the church to ensure we are using the tithes and offerings wisely for the administration of the church and the programs and also the salaries of the staff but after that it is between me and GOD!

  • Eileen

    Give me an old school church with the mother of the church the wise deacon and the praying old sisas anyday!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. And you know these "Georgia peaches" are going to be all up in his face with their skintight dresses, batting their eyes at him, hoping to become the next "First Lady" of New Birth.
    Hiring a single man as pastor in this situation is dubious by itself... But Bryant in particular has clearly shown that when women throw him the drawers, he has trouble resisting that temptation. I'm not wishing bad on the situation, but this just looks like a scandal waiting to happen.

  • Eileen

    THANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNk YOU!!!

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Would not get any of my money to front Giselle on "Housewives of Potomac."

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile I'm online now ordering one of these Hoover board thangs with a bluetooth

  • TMW

    Sure did forget he was with Tweet. Forgot all about that.

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Yep, it's definitely time to "close the door" when people like Deitrick Haddon are ministering.

  • Karen Brady

    Girl say it again and again!!!! I wish the hale I would! !

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Hes not doing anything different than almost everybody that goes to church with him. They may not be doing the same thing but the church is for sinners and if you are not sinning why would there need to have a church. Again he was just caught and he has repented so that should be the end of it but never for church folks that havent been caught yet. We all have a cross to bare this may just be his and its up to him and the lord to work with him because we are all a work in progress until our last breathe.

  • Renee26

    You think HE'S Mr. Chocolate??

  • Jussjess25

    Aunti who cares ??

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Hes not doing anything different than almost everybody that goes to church with him.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I honestly didn't read past this point.

    Isn't this the problem? Isn't he supposed to be a shepherd...leading people TO God. But he's basically a part of the flock? Just out there wandering the wilderness like everyone else. Except they actually think they are being led somewhere. He's problematic as a leader/preacher. Period. If he wants to be like everyone else, he needs to step down.

  • TheWildChild

    Hhmm ?? If he not gliding in from the ceiling into service, ??? I don't want no parts of his church ..... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc21091afb6353fe25871b45a73dd47ee6c549c416b3267d863ae68e3be28ba9.png

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. I'm like, how's the pastor going to tell people not to fornicate when he's out here fornicating? Nobody's perfect, we know... but pastors need to hold themselves to higher standard, and their church members should hold them to it too. In the black church in particular, folks let these pastors get away with way too much. smh.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "get up on Sunday drenched in dirt and shyt"
    ______________________

    this got me hollering! ROFL!

    (i know exactly what you're saying though... it's one thing to HAVE sinned & fallen short... repented & righted oneself, but to continue to lead, incapable of setting an example? no sir! physician heal thyself!

  • hottlanta

    He thinks his lil ugly jimmy the cricket looking azz is phune as hell. Making some xmas song about eating your ? cookie. I was like ninja please.

  • Coffee1st

    ^^^^^Love it!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • KLove

    I live in Lithonia.....they are building a new road that leads right to the church LOL.....traffic over here is gonna be crazy on Sundays and Wednesday....and the bars over here gonna be lit on Sunday afternoons LOL

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i read that he and Phae were creeping and that he MIGHT be to whom she was referring, Lol

  • hottlanta

    I just saw this n requested some time off. Now we doing circus solique or star wars christianity.

  • KLove

    I cant remember the last time i heard a Black pastor tell folks not to fornicate......they would lose most of their congregations if they were to call folks out on that LMAO

  • Renee26

    Ok ok...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    it is written (though purely speculative)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    they want someone to restore them to their glory days, when NB was the place to be (and be seen). remember, Long was as much a celebrity as he was a 'pastor' ...they identified with that celebrity and they want that old feeling back.

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    exactly!

  • Yardgirl

    Word!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    we would be escorted out before we could get situated good. 'cause the minute you utter a word or even look at me the wrong way? the jig is up. i get tickled real easy, and i'm guessing that NB members are not here for our foolishness, LMAO!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • hottlanta

    U seen that lady that they call the tittie preacher. She will b preaching in front of u them boom she bump u with her big titties. I was screaming.

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Messy. Everything he does.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    nah....this can't be right, LOL!!!

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Sheppard still human just like the rest of us with real human needs and human emotions.

  • Renee26

    She tryin to save face....look at the grounds for divorce she gave. Soooo extra

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you see how she seemed offended that it was (allegedly) another "reality star"???????? like wtf that got to do with it??? smh...

  • Solstice

    That’s the ONLY way!!! ??

  • Nik

    " unfortunately, their identities may be so tied to their membership"
    ****************************************
    THIS!

  • Patty Mayonaise

    Nowadays the church is about everything BUT God....

  • Solstice
  • ATL White Guy

    Big time organized religion seems like such a fashion show any more & people fawn over these Bishops, Pastors, Prophets etc to the point where they are celebrities vs shepherds. I'm not knocking them from having a decent salary, but the decadence is outrageous in many cases.

  • Patty Mayonaise

    ***scrolls back up?****

    Ctfu!!!??

  • Solstice
  • Blue

    me too

  • Blue

    Hahahaha

  • Solstice
  • Yardgirl

    Yes ma'am!! "Is you rich enough for this heah church?" Look they can miss me with that BS!! FOH

  • speakinmymind

    ?????

  • Renee26

    Ok SMH she's special

  • EMILY POST

    You mean to say a church who had an “alleged” child molesting gay dude as a pastor went and hired an unmarried “alleged “ philanderer to turn the image of the church around. ??????? All right then . 1st you know the first sermon is going to be only god can judge me! Lol people still go to that church for real? That Sunday sermon must be fire ?.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    A mess it what it is. Lol??

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller
  • T3

    Waaaaiiiiiitttttt ?????

  • Solstice
  • J2PC

    Lost misguided souls looking forward to being nosey, entertained by the jook joint sounding choir & all making for a fun day or good social gathering until it time to collect & raise fund$ all day.

  • J2PC

    Will be a good opportunity for ex-cons & all to create a good soul food & Italian restaurants to accomodate that possible income generating traffic. ijs

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Dude, hush. You're going to continue to abuse your power and get all the pu cci you can. He'll be after Eddie's daughter. She's a lil cutie. I saw her walking her fu-fu pup in their neighborhood once.

    A scandalous preacher steps into the shows of another preacher who paid for a scandal to go away. Perfect fit.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I read somewhere that he got tired of the hoeism going on at the church. I have no idea what that means.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i can imagine.... Lol!
    (thanks hun!)

  • Yardgirl

    I love this gif!! :-))

  • KcoolMuziq

    #TEAMJAMALBRYANT

  • Li-Wright

    Why don't these accusers (of black male church leaders) file a civil complaint and ask for money? I never hear about the civil complaints, only the accusations. If these women were serious they would go to trial.

  • Solstice

    ??

  • ATL White Guy

    The deacons probably have them sign a NDA and cut a check and explain why the pastor felt he had to lay hands on said male/female.

  • Vegas1989

    You made me scroll back up...And why do he have a part on the side? SMH...I'm done for the day...I'm going home early....LOL

  • TheOwley

    Lordy, please push the reset button on all these wayward priests and preachers. The sheep are tired.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Trash

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    So a predator replacing the founding predator. Ok

  • TheWildChild

    Did he and Ol' https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aae1a883d87cb4eacd47d78dde659ebb33788b53db0c7d27e00762164a4a5447.jpg girl Tweet ever tie the knot ? was she the reason for his marriage breakup? .....he sure looks like he and Eddie Wrong Long were on the same diet. ??

  • TheWildChild
  • Faithz

    We stay prayed up, because the show will get started shortly.

  • Malcom Flex

    BW need to keep their 10%. Most preachers are fake, users, conmen. You can read the bible at home. Most black churches, I said MOST are in run down areas, how, sway, does that happen? They don't uplift the hood only their pockets.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Eddie Long settled & paid off all of his accusers.

  • Liah

    ???

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I think it was reported recently that they broke up?

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    black folk still believe in church in white sky daddy?

  • Impeach_45

    Leadership matters.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    It won't be boys but he'll be swimming in women oops he ain't done with me yet.......

  • datATLboi

    do they REALLY think this is a good idea?
    Where the deacon board at? They no different from the cast of Greenleaf lol

  • Patricia

    turkeys and school supplies and christmas toys are nice, however, churches need to stop handing out turkeys and toys alone and get back to handling the heart of the issue and deliver to the poor what the bible says they need, The Gospel.

  • lana

    Yes, keep the Sabbath ...besorahofyahusha. com

  • lana

    Yes we are ...besorahofyahusha. com is a good button to push

  • lana

    Isaiah 65:11 refers to this very thing ...besorahofyahusha. com

  • lana

    Eileen, this is not the direction we should be taking ...besorahofyahusha. com

  • lana

    Follow me ...besorahofyahusha. com

  • lana

    That's what the origin of the word Church means ...circus or Circe (a female deity). We should be really keeping the Sabbath from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown in our own dwellings ...besorahofyahusha. com

  • butchie4ever

    If it was the people's church, why were you living in a house with a butler and your members were living in the projects with roaches????

  • EMILY POST

    Any person who allows a child to be molested and stays quiet is almost as guilty as the child molester.
    Yet I believe child molesters should be hung .

  • kekeb

    He can deliver a good word!
    Preachers are just people. People need to do a better job of understanding how to separate the message from the messenger. Preachers need to do a better job of understanding that they represent for the body of Christ at ALL times.

  • kekeb

    What Bible do you read? If you read the Holy Bible, you'd surely see that Jesus is NOT described as a white male

  • kekeb

    Same here. The brutha can preach. And New Birth needed a New Birth

  • kekeb

    He already said on an interview at v103 that he ain't here for that. I think he might see this as what it is, a fresh start. You gotta be out of your MIND to play with the Lord AT the SAME church Eddie Long had. He ain't crazy

  • J2PC

    Yep!

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    aint no sucha thang... nicca... you a h@e and thas all there is too it

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    i see fake christains......everywhere..

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    aint no african man from north east africa aka middle east name no jesus ... if they said his name was aknoktutenmen i may would have believe this dumb sh8t, but hey jesus will come back for you just like he did our beat back whipped ancestors...or maybe not

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    "jesus" said food and housing

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    i cannot wit evil lyn lmaoooo

  • EMILY POST

    Not a Jook joint sounding choir ??

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    jesus white or black NEVER existed,,, grow up and stop believing in fairy tales..

  • kekeb

    So sorry you feel that way. But this is America, and you can believe or not believe in whatever you'd like. The FACT is that Jesus did exist. It's literally HISTORY, hence why time is BC and AD. Smh. But you will find out sooner or later.
    Have a good day

  • kekeb

    You do realize that Jesus can be translated into the tongue and language of that time/region, right? Hebrew, Latin, Arabic are all real languages then and now. . .