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Thomas Road Baptist Church held their first service on June 17, 1956. The first service was held in Mountain View Elementary School. On June 21, 1956 a prayer meeting and organizational meeting was held where Dr. Jerry Falwell was formally made the pastor, the name Thomas Road Baptist Church was approved, a simple constitution and by-laws were approved and the first three trustees are elected. On June 24, 1956 the first church service was held in the Donald Duck Bottling Company building. In 1962 Thomas Road Baptist Church signed a contract with a construction company to build a new sanctuary. In 1969 building began on the octagon-shaped sanctuary based on a design by Thomas Jefferson. In 1973 the Securities and Exchange Commission sued the Church for fraud and deceit in connection with the bonds issued in 1971. The Church was cleared of all charges later that year. In 2002 Thomas Road Baptist Church became the first church to incorporate in Virginia since 1777. In 2006 the Church celebrated their 50th Anniversary and held their first service in the new sanctuary located on the North Campus of Liberty University.

 
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