Jonathan Falwell

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Jonathan Falwell
Jonathan Pate Falwell

(1966-09-03) September 3, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materLiberty University (BA, MA)
Taft Law School (JD)
OccupationPastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church
Spouse(s)Shari Falwell
Parent(s)Jerry Falwell, Macel Pate Falwell
RelativesJerry Falwell Jr. (brother)

Jonathan Pate Falwell (born September 7, 1966)[1] is the senior pastor at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.[2] He is the son and successor of the late Reverend Jerry Falwell and the brother of Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. His older sister, Jeannie, is a surgeon. During a 1974 family discussion about abortion as the 'national sin' of American, Jonathan asked his father why didn't he do something about it, which was the start of his father's reading of other evangelical writers such as Francis Schaeffer on the issue. [3] As a young adult and minister in his father's church, Jonathan invested in video processing technology.[4]

In addition to inheriting his father's position as pastor following the latter's death in May 2007, Falwell has continued his father's weekly column, Listen America, on various Web sites including NewsMax and WorldNetDaily.[citation needed] He hosts a weekly television show called Main Street Today where he interviews people from all walks of life and discusses how their belief in God has influenced and molded their lives.[citation needed]

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in 1987, his Master of Arts degree in Religion from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996, and a Juris Doctor degree in 2005 from the Taft Law School in Santa Ana, California.

Falwell is a member of the executive board of Christians United for Israel.[5]

Falwell and his wife, Shari, have four children: Jonathan Jr., Jessica, Natalie, and Nicholas. They reside in Lynchburg, Virginia.


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  2. ^ London, H. B. (2006). The Heart of a Great Pastor: How to Grow Stronger and Thrive Wherever God Has Planted You. p. 1. ISBN 0-8307-4281-6.
  3. ^ Winters, Michael Sean. (2012). God's Right Hand: how Jerry Falwell made God a Republican and baptized the American right. New York: HarperOne, p. 99. ISBN 9780061970672.
  4. ^ Winters. (2012). p. 371.
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