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The Rev. Bernice King will announce that she is stepping down as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an action apparently unrelated to Bishop Eddie Long’s recent settlement of four sexual misconduct lawsuits.

King intends to disclose her plans to our own Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on mypraiseatl.com between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

King is leaving with the blessing of Long, pastor of the Lithonia megachurch, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

In his first public appearance since the settlement was reached, Long on Sunday made no mention of the sexual misconduct cases when he spoke from New Birth’s pulpit.

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