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Chancellor meets with Southern Baptist Conservatives of Va. executives

February 5, 2009 : University Advancement staff

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. met with several leaders of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia on Thursday, including the new executive director, Jeff Ginn.

The SBCV was founded in 1996 and currently has about 500 churches in its membership. The organization’s main goal is to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ.

“Liberty and the SBCV are linked together in ministry in many ways,” Ginn said. “Liberty has a heart to raise champions for Christ and we are kind of a seed bed in which Liberty graduates can find places to serve and impact the world through our network.”

The meeting strengthened the many ties LU has to the SBCV. These ties include $1,000 scholarships which LU provides to undergraduate students who are members of SBCV churches, and free tuition for SBCV senior pastors and youth ministers pursuing a master’s or doctorate’s degree through Liberty University Online. SBCV supports Liberty interns and provides guest speakers and lecturers for Liberty and the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary among many other shows of support.

“Dr. Falwell [Sr.] wanted to be tied into a network of conservative churches,” Ginn said. “Theologically we are conservative, but methodologically we embrace innovation, so that fits with Liberty.”