Falwell's Church-Planting Legacy and Its Influence on U.S.–Israel Relations: How Did Dr. Jerry Falwell Vuild a Movement through Liberty University, and Did It Influence Conservative Politics and U.S.–Israel Relations?


My research examines the grassroots movement created by Dr. Jerry Falwell from Liberty U, by church planting grads to impact the relationship between U.S and Israel. The study focuses on the vision to establish a Christian university to promote Dr. Falwell’s vision to change conservative politics, the relationship created with Menachem Begin, the first Conservative Israeli prime minister, and the data collected from 200 Liberty grads to find out if Falwell’s vision was actually created in the lens of history. This study examines Dr. Jerry Falwell’s vision of influencing American society through the grassroots movement created via church planting by Liberty University graduates. The mobilization of churches and communities has resulted in millions of people who are politically involved in the agenda of American conservative politics at all levels, influencing American politics through legislation, speeches, and decisions on a range of conservative topics. This study looks at the impact of the university, which was established in 1971.It examines around 200 Liberty University graduates who planted churches across the US to determine how Liberty alumni have impacted church planting and the practice’s spread in the US. It also examines the way church planting was incorporated into the narrative passed on to the local populations attending churches established by Liberty U. graduates.


Kobby Barda
Student, PhD Candidate , Haifa University , Israel


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2024 Special Focus—Spaces, Movement, Time: Religions at Rest and in Movement


Dr. Jerry Falwell, Church Planting, Liberty University, U.S-Israel relations, Grassroots

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