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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church Goes Up In Flames.

The 2,00- seat Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church went up in flames Monday night. Bishop Paul S. Morton, who built what was once a small Baptist church into a major congregation, said investigators suspected the fire started in the choir area behind the pulpit. Morton and his wife, Senior Pastor Debra Morton, who now leads the church, stood nearby and greeted well-wishers. Paul Morton, who spends much of his time in Atlanta. U.S. Rep William Jefferson, a trustee and church member for 30 years or more were helping Paul Morton find a temporary home for the church. "We'll be back, bigger and better," said Debra Morton. Before Hurricane Katrina, Greater St. Stephen was by far the largest church in the city, perhaps the largest in the state. It claimed about 20,000 members worshiping at three campuses: a large church in eastern New Orleans, a new acquisition in Marrero, and the church's original location on South Liberty Street in Central City. But Monday's fire was the second major blow in three years. Katrina scattered the congregation, knocking its number down to about 5,000, the Morton's said recently. After the storm, Paul Morton launched an offshoot of Greater St. Stephen in suburban Atlanta. He announced recently that he was placing the New Orleans congregation in Debra Morton's hands while he concentrated on building up the Atlanta church. more here.......
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