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Media Details for Funeral Service of Jerry Falwell

Contact: Ronald S. Godwin, 434-582-7600, jrmoore@liberty.edu


LYNCHBURG, Va., May 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Funeral services for Rev. Jerry Falwell, Founder and Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Founder and Chancellor of Liberty University will be held in Lynchburg on Tuesday, May 22 at 1:00 pm.  Following are details for media wishing to cover the service.

Funeral Service
The funeral service will be held in the main sanctuary of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, which Rev. Falwell founded in 1956.  The names of participants will be released as soon as they are confirmed and the program details are finalized.  Media seating is not available in the sanctuary but will be accommodated in a Media Center in the gymnasium of the adjoining Liberty Christian Academy.

Thomas Road Baptist Church
The Thomas Road Baptist Church is the site for the funeral service of Rev. Falwell.  The church is located at 1 Mountain View Road in Lynchburg, easily accessible from highways US 29, 460, or 501; use Liberty University exits.

Media Parking
Limited parking for media is available in the main parking lot directly in front of the church and off of Candler’s Mountain Road.  Media not arriving in clearly marked media cars or trucks should show standard media credentials for access to this lot.

Media Credentials
Liberty University will issue Funeral Service media credentials.  Contact Johnnie Moore at (434) 582-7600 or jrmoore@liberty.edu.  Credentials may be picked up at the main entrance to Liberty Christian Academy, which adjoins Thomas Road Baptist Church (just to the left of the main church entrance) after 12:00 noon on Monday, May 21.

Media Center
A Media Center will be set up in the Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) Gymnasium and will be open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 22.  Enter through the main LCA entrance and follow signs to the gym.  The entire service will be broadcast in the Media Center.

Pre and Post-Funeral Media Access
An area has been reserved for media in the courtyard at the Side Entrance of the Main Sanctuary.  This will provide access to many guests as they arrive/depart the funeral.  The Side Entrance is just to the right of the Main Entrance.  Given the space limitations here, media may be asked to rotate periodically.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Pool Coverage
Due to space limitations, and at the request of the Falwell family, television coverage of the funeral service will be provided by a pool feed.  ABC News will provide one pool feed, and will tentatively make their feed available via satellite.

A multi-camera in-house feed will also be available as follows:

Satellite: GAL 11/C10   91 Degrees West, 3900.00 V. downlink

12:45 - 12:59:30 P.M. EDT    TEST with BARS/SLATE
12:59:30 - 13:00 EDT             BLACK
13:00 - 14:30 EST  PROGRAM plus approx. 30 out.

For technical questions you may contact Milton Ridgeway at 434-582-2737.

The interment will be a private service for family members only. 

Press Conference With Falwell Sons
Jerry Falwell, Jr., Chancellor & President of Liberty University, and Jonathan Falwell, Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University Executive Vice President for Spiritual Affairs will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 23, at 11:00 am in the Grand Lobby of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center on the campus of Liberty University.