Dr. Jerry Falwell was a Southern Baptist pastor, author, political activist, and educator. He established Lynch Christian Academy in 1967, and he founded Liberty University in 1971.
Falwell may be best known outside Lynchburg for his political activism. In June 1979, he organized the Moral Majority, a conservative political lobbying group that was pro-life, pro-family, pro-Israel and favored a strong national defense. The group chose California Governor Ronald Reagan as “their candidate” for the 1980 presidential election, and registered millions of new voters in the effort to elect him.
Falwell passed away on the morning of May 15, 2007 at age 73. He was married to Macel for 49 years. They have three children: Jerry Jr., chancellor of Liberty University; Jonathan, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church; and Jeannie, a surgeon; and eight grandchildren.
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