Jonathan Falwell, the younger son of the late Jerry Falwell, was unanimously chosen June 3 to take his father’s place in the pulpit of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. The 40-year-old minister has since 1994 been executive pastor of the 24,000-member congregation, which affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention in 1996. The congregation moved into a 6,000-seat sanctuary as it marked its 50th anniversary last year. Falwell’s older son, Jerry Falwell Jr., 44, is now chancellor and president of Liberty University, the school his father founded in 1971.


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