In 1971, Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. dreamed about world change. He envisioned a generation of professionals in every field who loved God, served others, and were the best at whatever they were called to be. He saw a university on a mountain where this training could happen—and he started to build it.
Less than 50 years later, his son Jerry Falwell Jr. is now at the helm, and Liberty is the largest Christian university in the world. It has Carnegie research status, an FBS-bound football program, and an award-winning campus. More than that, it trains pilots, engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, artists, lawyers, pastors—professionals in almost every field who love God, serve others, and are the best at what they are called to be. It trains Champions for Christ.
But while the world sees champions as only victors, at Liberty, we are reclaiming the word. A champion is a defender, a risk-taker, and an advocate who stands up for the voiceless, the hurting, and the oppressed. Here, we champion the needs of others through prayer, service, and the gifts God gave us. It is our mission and our vision—Training Champions for Christ is what we do.
Being a champion means displaying gratitude, humility, integrity, joy, love, service, and unity every single day, whether you’re out saving the world or commuting to your everyday job.
At Liberty University, we strive to live out these Christ-like characteristics at an academic institution. Our Declaration reminds us of the power faith and education have to transform people into a force for change – good change – in the world.
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
Proverbs 4:7, 13 “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding …. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”
Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”
Proverbs 31:8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
Matthew 25:40 “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’”
Psalm 82:3 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
Philippians 1:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
John 12:26 “Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.”