October 8, 2021 : By Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University has announced plans for a major addition to the heart of campus that will honor the legacy of its founder, Jerry Falwell Sr. The new Jerry Falwell Center: Inspiring Champions for Christ will share the story of his life and his impact on the world. Guests will see his legacy living on today as the university remains committed to the original mission that Falwell led at Liberty: Training Champions for Christ.
“There is much to learn from our founder’s life,” said Liberty President Jerry Prevo. “He always inspired students to be Champions for Christ wherever God was leading them. We are seeing his mighty vision fulfilled every day at Liberty University, and this center will help ensure that we do not waver from our original mission or succumb to the external pressures of leftism. Jerry Falwell always stood his ground, and he stood unapologetically on the Word of God. Looking to his life as an example, the university will remain committed to the Gospel. This center will keep us on track for the next 50 years.”
Learn how you can help. Visit Liberty.edu/JFCENTER for more information on opportunities to support the new center and be a part of the mission.
The announcement comes as Liberty celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and kicks off Homecoming Weekend today.
The center will be located directly behind and attached to the Hancock Welcome Center. New and prospective students and their families, along with alumni and friends of the university, will be invited on a journey through the founder’s lifelong work where they will be encouraged to live a life characterized by that same dynamic faith, a God-given vision, prayer, perseverance, and discipline. Guests will leave inspired to apply what they’ve learned and claim the vision that God has placed on their own hearts.
Creative displays will showcase the university’s multi-faceted approach to its mission of Training Champions for Christ and will be intentional in the presentation of the Gospel, following Falwell’s example of loving people and pointing them to Christ.
“The center will show how Liberty is incorporating a Christian worldview and evangelical fervor throughout all areas, including academics, athletics, and student life,” Prevo said. “We want every faculty member, every student to go through the center to understand the vision and legacy of Liberty’s founder. It is a powerful story of God’s faithfulness that everyone needs to hear.”
Rooms and areas within the center will provide space for learning opportunities, concerts, and special events.
The university will hold a groundbreaking in the coming weeks, with an anticipated opening in 2023.
Please visit Liberty.edu/JFCENTER for more information on opportunities to support the new center and be a part of the mission.