May 15, 2007
Reverend Jerry Falwell's influence reached far and wide including here in Charlottesville.
Reverend Bruce Goldsmith said he wouldn't be where he is today if it weren't for Dr. Falwell’s vision. He said he will always remember the every day moments he had with the reverend while a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
“During the many times when he was sick, he said that the Lord had not given him dying grace yet, but I guess this day has changed that and I know that he is rejoicing in heaven right now,” said Goldsmith.
While his many followers mourn the death of a man they call a visionary, Goldsmith says, “I have the privilege of being a pastor today because of the fact that he was a man who back in 1971 had the vision from God that God wanted him to build a university.”
Goldsmith, pastor of the Lauren Hill Baptist Church in Charlottesville, was a graduate of Liberty University and of the seminary school.
He said, “I do remember when he came to talk to the seminary students, and he let his hair down, and I saw a very kind and gracious and generous man.”
That kind and gracious man would always make time to chat with students on the campus hillside and be a familiar face within the Lynchburg community.
“He had such a great sense of humor. I remember one time I was sitting at the local Hardee's restaurant in the drive through and waiting on my sandwich, and I hear this honk behind me and looked through my rear view mirror, and it’s Dr. Falwell, just waving, and he was known for doing that kind of thing,” said Goldsmith.
He will be remembered as a man who had an impact on one soul and on the entire world.