July 29, 2009
The Rev. Jonathan Falwell is following his father's footsteps to Washington.
Falwell will deliver the opening prayer Wednesday for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Falwell took over as pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church after his father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, died in 2007.
The younger Falwell didn't know if his father had ever delivered the opening prayer. But Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority, which he credited with getting millions of conservative voters registered, electing Ronald Reagan and giving Republicans Senate control in 1980.
Jonathan Falwell said Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte invited him to fill the guest chaplain role and will introduce him to the body.