Pastor of metro Atlanta mega-church announces retirement

EAST POINT, Ga. — A longtime pastor of a metro Atlanta megachurch has announced that he will retire.

Olu Brown, the founder and lead pastor of Impact Church in East Point, said he will retire in June 2022 to pursue “entrepreneurial and consulting endeavors.”

Brown founded Impact Church 14 years ago. He will continue in his role as lead pastor and help orient the new lead pastor, once that person is appointed by the bishop of the North Georgia Conference.

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“With any call that God gives us for our lives, there will always be a vision. And as we move toward realizing that vision, it becomes clear that the call is much greater than we can ever think or imagine,” Brown said. “Impact is part of my call, and when God gave me the opportunity to partner with 25 launch team volunteers to start this ministry, I knew there would come a time where God would call me beyond Impact Church.”


Olu hopes to start a movement of Normalizing Next™ where pastors’ succession planning, retirement and pastoral transition are celebrated.

“I count it an honor to have been the founding and lead pastor of Impact Church and I will always be grateful for my time as a pastor and servant leader in the local church,” Brown said in a statement. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to serve in ministry with phenomenal people and travel the world. I will always cherish my wonderful ministry experiences and the people I have been honored to know and serve. Life and living is a continuous journey and a series of next and I hope to help people ‘Normalize Next’ and embrace tomorrow with hope and expectation.”

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