Megachurch has endured negative publicity in recent years
New Birth Charlotte Church has entered foreclosure proceedings on its property off Sam Furr Road.
Although Mecklenburg County records show that foreclosure proceedings began in November 2013 and a Notice of Sale was filed Jan. 21, 2014, there have been seven Postponements of Sale, with the latest postponed from Oct. 9 to Dec. 9.
Amy Pritchard Williams, a partner at K&L Gates law firm in Charlotte, was named as the substitute trustee.
A representative from K&L Gates said the company couldn’t discuss the reasons for the postponements.
County records show the church defaulted on its payments to Evangelical Christian Credit Union for a $10 million loan.
Foreclosure proceedings for New Birth Charlotte began five months after Bishop Terrell Murphy resigned as pastor in June 2013. Murphy left to begin a new church called Life Center International, which continues to meet at Audrey Kell High School.
During Murphy’s 10-year tenure, New Birth Charlotte bought the 25.12 acres in Huntersville and in 2008, built the 64,688-square-foot building with a 2,400-seat worship center.
Two months after Murphy resigned at the New Birth Charlotte, the two worship services had dwindled to one, and less than 150 people showed up Aug. 11, 2013, as reported in The Herald Weekly. The person preaching that day was the controversial head of the New Birth franchise himself, Bishop Eddie Long.
Long, a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, launched the New Birth franchise in 1987 in Lithonia, Ga. The mother church once boasted 25,000 members.
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