My Hero Has Been Promoted

Just got the news that Dr. Jerry Falwell has passed away. My heart is grieving and I know that there is a celebration taking place in Heaven. Ironically, I was having lunch with Pastor Bob Botsford from Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego, and I was sharing with him the impact that Dr. Falwell has had on my life when I received the news that he had passed away. 5 years ago, we were blessed to have Dr. Falwell speak at C3 as we were dedicating our new building. It was at Liberty University where I accepted the call to full time ministry in 1983 as a freshman. Then in 1998, while serving as Dr. Falwell’s Senior High Pastor, God called me to church planting and soon after, led me to Clayton, NC. Although my hero has gone home…His legacy lives on.
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(Dr. Falwell at our Building dedication in 2002)

  • pipes

    Pastor Matt,
    My heart and prayers go out to all those who have been influenced and ministered to by Dr. Falwell. I know your relationship with him was precious and meaningful and you will miss him. Thank you for being a man who honors his elders and leaders and models to his staff how one should live their life.

  • DAN Goodson

    PASTOR MATT,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your hero as well as the body of Christ’s hero. He is rejoicing today and hearing those words we are all striving to hear: “Well done they good and faithfull servant” we are all praying for the family and you as well!

  • Kevin

    Pastor –
    We rejoice that a friend can now see Him face to face; yet we greive the loss of that friend among us.
    My condolences to Rev. Falwell’s family, and the extended family he has through Liberty and Thomas Roads.
    Although the Body of Christ has lost a part of itself here on earth, we can rest assured knowing we shall once again see Brother Falwell and be with him for all eternity.
    Praise God for the hope we have in Jesus Christ!

  • Pastor Matt,
    When I first heard of Jerry Falwell’s earthly passing and heavenly homegoing, I thought of Liberty University and especially you. I know that you personally knew Rev. Falwell and that he did have an influence on your life.
    I know that you are saddened by his death and I know that many others are as well. But, again, such is life and death is a part of life. For a Christian, earthly death is victory…and a chance to see the Lord face-to-face and not be worn by the issues of this world.
    My heart goes out to you and also Rev. Falwell’s family, the Liberty University Students, Alumni, etc.
    Peace,
    Gregory <><

  • Duane

    Pastor-
    I thought of you as soon as I heard the news. I know you are grieving along with many in the body of Christ. We are praying for you.

  • Lynn & Ronnie Thomas

    We thought of you immediately upon hearing the new of Rev. Falwell’s passing. We are praying for you and your family as we can only imagine what a huge impact he had on your life. He has left a impact on so many lives here on earth and now he is receiving the reward of hearing “Well done my good & faithful Servant” from the King. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers during this this time. Lynn & Ronnie

  • Lynn & Ronnie Thomas

    We thought of you immediately upon hearing the new of Rev. Falwell’s passing. We are praying for you and your family as we can only imagine what a huge impact he had on your life. He has left a impact on so many lives here on earth and now he is receiving the reward of hearing “Well done my good & faithful Servant” from the King. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers during this this time. Lynn & Ronnie

  • Lynn & Ronnie Thomas

    We thought of you immediately upon hearing the new of Rev. Falwell’s passing. We are praying for you and your family as we can only imagine what a huge impact he had on your life. He has left a impact on so many lives here on earth and now he is receiving the reward of hearing “Well done my good & faithful Servant” from the King. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers during this this time. Lynn & Ronnie