Beverly LaHaye

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Beverly LaHaye
Born Beverly Jean Ratcliffe
(1929-04-30) April 30, 1929 (age 89)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Bob Jones University
Office Chair of Concerned Women for America
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tim LaHaye (m. 1947-2016; his death)
Children Linda Murphy (Vice-Chairman, Concerned Women for America, b. 1948)
Larry LaHaye
Lee Lahaye (CFO, Concerned Women for America)
Lori LaHaye Scheck

Beverly LaHaye (born April 30, 1929) is an American Christian conservative activist and author who founded Concerned Women for America (CWA) in San Diego, California in 1979 and is the organization's current chair. She was the wife of the late evangelical Christian minister and prolific author of the Left Behind series Timothy LaHaye. They had been married 69 years. The CWA is a 501(c)(3) public policy women’s organization.[1]

Life and education[edit]

Beverly Jean Ratcliffe was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 30, 1929. She attended Bob Jones University and met Tim LaHaye while a student there. She married Tim on July 5, 1947. Her oldest daughter Linda Murphy was born in 1948 and is the Vice-Chairman of Concerned Women for America. Her oldest son is Larry LaHaye. Lee LaHaye was her youngest son and the CFO of Concerned Women for America, he is dead. Her youngest daughter is Lori LaHaye Scheck. They have four children and nine grandchildren and live in the Los Angeles area. In 1992, Jerry Falwell's Liberty University gave her an honorary Doctorate of Humanities.

Published works[edit]

LaHaye wrote The Spirit-Controlled Woman and The Desires of a Woman's Heart. LaHaye has co-written multiple books with Terri Blackstock.[2] She and her husband co-authored The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love in 1976.

Concerned Women for America (CWA)[edit]

Initially, CWA was a reaction to the National Organization for Women and a 1978 Barbara Walters interview with feminist Betty Friedan.[3] LaHaye stated of the interview that she was convinced Friedan’s goal was a "misguided attempt to dismantle the bedrock of American culture: the family,"[4] and that she believed Christian women were not included in discussions of women's rights. She held a rally in a local San Diego auditorium, which marked the beginning of CWA.[4] While CWA was originally intended to be a local group, the organization was established nationwide within two years.[5]



  1. ^ Concerned Women for America Fact Check.Org, October 2010. Retrieved: 14 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Mrs. Beverly LaHaye Founder and Chairman, CWA". Concerned Women for America. Archived from the original on 10 September 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Gardiner, S., "Concerned Women for America: A Case Study Archived 2013-09-26 at the Wayback Machine.", Feminism and Women's Studies, 28 August 2006. Online as of 19 April 2007.
  4. ^ a b Beverly LaHaye marks three decades of promoting traditional values through CWA Archived 2013-09-19 at the Wayback Machine. Christian, 20 December 09. Retrieved: 14 September 2013.
  5. ^ Henry, Tamara (September 2, 1992). "Group says school censorship increasing". Associated Press. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 

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