Dr. Jamal H. Bryant was installed as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, March 10, 2019. He became the fourth pastor in the church’s 37-year history, succeeding Bishop Kenneth Samuel (1984-1987); Bishop Eddie L. Long (1987-2017) and Bishop Stephen Davis (2017-2018).
The celebration at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the city of Stonecrest began at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Family members prayed and laid hands on Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, the church’s new pastor.
DeKalb County’s CEO Michael Thurmond and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary honored Dr. Bryant with proclamations on that historic morning.
Congressman Hank Johnson and State Rep. Vernon Jones brought greetings and presented proclamations that evening.
A processional kicked off the evening service at 6:45 p.m. with Dr. Bryant and his three daughters making their way to the front of the church to “All Hail the Power” DIADEM. Bishop Neil C. Ellis, presiding Bishop of Global United Fellowship, performed the installation.
The program included several pastors. Among them: Dr. Sherry Gaither of Stronghold Christian Church; Dr. Barbara King of Hillside International Truth Center; Dr. E. Dewey Smith of Atlanta House of Hope Atlanta; Dr. Craig Oliver, Elizabeth Baptist Church; Bishop Reginald Jackson, presiding Prelate 6th Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church and Dr. Kerwin B. Lee of Berean Christian Church, who presented Dr. Bryant the Holy Bible, and Dr. I.V. Hilliard of New Light Christian Church,.
Bishop Marvin Sapp, recording artist, sang the sermonic song.
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., chairman of New Birth’s Board of directors, presented Dr. Bryant to the congregation after he was installed. Elder Keith Stanback, chairman of the Deacon’s Alliance, presented the keys to the church.