Jerry Falwell was a noted evangelical pastor and televangelist. A (late in life) member of the Southern Baptist Convention, Falwell founded the Virginia megachurch Thomas Road Baptist Church, as well as Liberty Christian Academy (formerly Lynchberg Christian Academy) and Liberty University, now the largest private nonprofit university in the United States. Falwell also founded the Moral Majority, a key evangelical political lobby group that for many exemplified the religious right.
- At Liberty, FBS dreams and a high-resource reality : USA Today
In the middle of a $500 million makeover of this campus, which sprouted up from the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in 1971 under the name Lynchburg Baptist College and endured nearly 40 years of financial hardships and political controversies attached to its late founder Jerry Falwell Sr., are a sparkling set of new athletic facilities that touch nearly all of Liberty's 20 varsity sports.
- Virginia’s Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university
Liberty figured out how to recruit masses of students via the Internet years before elite universities began ballyhooed experiments with free online courses. (WaPo)