Jerry Falwell's Church





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Published on Jul 24, 2009

I'm not into church anymore, but this place is really nice! I was curious about Falwell's church, so when I was passing through Lynchburg, VA on July 1, 2009, I decided to pay Thomas Road Baptist Church a visit.

Started in 1956 by a group of 35, including Jerry Falwell, Thomas Road now claims over 24,000 members. In 1971 it founded Lynchburg Baptist College, now known as Liberty University, as well as Liberty Christian Academy (known as Lynchburg Christian Academy until it moved and was renamed in 2005). Until 2004 the church was the location for a nationally syndicated religious broadcast known as the Old-Time Gospel Hour. This program now airs only locally in the church's hometown. Selected sermons from the pulpit of the Thomas Road Baptist Church are now featured nationally on a syndicated program from Liberty University known as "Live from Liberty."

The church occupied a new multi-million dollar facility on July 2, 2006. The new building is connected to an over 800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2). facility formerly owned and operated by the Ericsson electronics manufacturer. The existing building has been renovated to house offices, university classes, the new Liberty University School of Law, and the Liberty Christian Academy. The church has constructed a 200,000+ sq. ft., $20 million facility adjacent to the existing building which includes a new sanctuary, wedding chapel, and children's area.[citation needed] The Church offers a variety of events and speakers, including events such as a creationist conference by Answers in Genesis.

Founding pastor Falwell served as its senior pastor until his death in 2007. In a special business meeting called by the board of deacons on June 3, 2007, Jonathan Falwell was unanimously elected by the congregation to assume his father's duties as senior pastor of the church. Jonathan Falwell had previously served as the church's executive pastor since 1994.

TAGS: Liberty Christian Academy Liberty University LaHaye Student Center


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