Jerry Falwell Jr. is the president of the Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and the son of Jerry Falwell Sr. a televangelist and also the founder of the Liberty University. Jerry Falwell Jr. is also a lawyer and is popularly known as the well-wisher of the United States President Donald Trump. Falwell was offered by Trump the position of United States Secretary of Education which he declined to take due to personal reasons. Keep scrolling to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Jerry Falwell Jr. in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Jerry Lamon Falwell Jr. was born on June 17, 1962, in Lynchburg, Virginia, the United States to Jerry Falwell Sr. and Macel Falwell. His father was a televangelist and also is the founder of the Lynchburg Christian Academy and the Liberty University. Falwell Jr. has a younger brother and a sister namely Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church and Jeannie Falwell. Falwell Jr. graduated from the Lynchburg Christian Academy in 1980 and obtained a degree in religious studies before getting a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Jerry Falwell Jr. married Becki Tilley in 1987, and the couple has three children two sons and a daughter namely Charles Wesley, Jerry Falwell III, and Caroline Grace.
Career, Awards & Nominations
After obtaining a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, Falwell Jr. persuaded a career as a private practitioner and also as the lawyer of the Liberty University until 2007. Falwell Jr. was taken into the Board of Trustees of the Liberty University in 2000, and in 2007 he became the President of the Liberty University upon the death of his father.
Falwell Jr. is widely known as the well-wisher and supporter of Donald Trump, as he endorsed Trump during the 2016 US Presidential Elections. In August 2016, Falwell Jr. compared Trump to Sir Winston Churchill saying that Trump has the qualities of Winston Churchill which became very controversial and the comment was widely criticized.
Donald Trump was invited to give the commencement address of the year 2017 at the Liberty University and in April 2017, Falwell cited Trump as the dream president for evangelicals. Falwell was one of the 15 members of the Task Force comprising college presidents appointed by Trump in reforming the Education Department of the United States.
Net Worth & Earnings
His career as a successful lawyer and a college executive have amassed huge wealth for him. In the year 2014, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that he is placed no.2 in the list of highest-paid college executives among Virginia’s private colleges and universities with an annual salary of approximately $920,000. His current net worth is somewhere around at $10 million.
Jerry Falwell was asked to become the United States Secretary of Education in 2017 by the US Government which he politely refused saying that he is not willing to leave the Liberty University for the next two years.