Jerry Prevo hired Glenn Clary to work at Liberty University. This post is an overview of the the Anchorage Baptist Temple pastor and the Chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. Cleary is a culture warrior who it appears tries to imitate Jerry Falwell Sr. Liberty is not changing and its long decline continues.
“Culture is like the wind. It is invisible; yet its effect can be seen and felt.”
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24 NIV
On March 23, 2021 Jerry Prevo announced that Liberty is hiring Glenn Clary for the newly established Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances. Glenn has the distinction of being a pastor at Anchorage Baptist Temple and also being the Chairman of the Alaska Republican Party simultaneously. Before we get into this development at Liberty let’s look more at Glenn Clary.
Listen to this video of Anchorage Baptist Temple pastor Glenn Clary at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2020. Now close your eyes and listen to this again and ask yourself. Are you listening to Glenn Clary or Jerry Falwell Sr? As proof of Liberty University being consumed by a personality cult this video I would suggest shows Clary speaking like and imitating the mannerisms of Jerry Falwell Sr.
Who is Glenn Clary?
Glenn Clary grew up in Springfield, Missouri. He then attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He ended up in Anchorage, Alaska at some point and has served at Anchorage Baptist Temple long term. His social media is filled with culture war politics and the likes One America News Network. He is also married to Debbie and has a daughter. Glenn Clary has chaired the Alaska Republican Party since 2018, and has done so while also working at Anchorage Baptist Temple. Glenn is known for his authoritarianism. You can read about how Glenn Clary blocked access by a journalist in Alaska from entering. Glenn also found himself in the Trump impeachment controversy after Trump inspired a riot that left 5 dead at the United Sates Capitol on January 6. Donald Trump was responsible for the first violent transfer of power in United States history which also was an attempted coup. What had happened is that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski voted to convict Trump during his impeachment. The Trumpist GOP in Alaska in mid-March censured Murkowski and encouraged a primary challenge claiming she was not a Republican for voting to impeach Trump. You can read more about it here, here, and here. Glenn Cleary tried to prevent that from happening and faced a lot of criticism for supporting Murkowski. It also appears as if Jerry Falwell Sr has been a major influence on his life as he tries to impersonate Falwell in his behavior and speech.
Appointment at Liberty University
The announcement by Prevo on March 23 also means that Clary will led the new “Standing for Freedom Center” which used to be the Falkirk Center. “I’ve known Glenn for over 40 years, and he is a man of integrity, energy, and commitment to Christ,” President Prevo said. “He assisted me for many years at Anchorage Baptist Temple, providing invaluable counsel and skill in the leadership of the church, helping us to grow into one of the largest churches in the state of Alaska. Glenn will bring that same drive and commitment to the task of fulfilling our mission here at Liberty to Train Champions for Christ.”
If you want to read more about this appointment you can do so in the following articles.
- Virginia Business, “Liberty University hires Alaska GOP chair.”
- Must Read Alaska, “Alaska GOP chairman moving to Virginia.”
Liberty is Still Going to be About Politics and Not Education
With the appointment of Clary Liberty is showing that it will continue to be about the culture wars and not about education. The cult like behavior at Liberty University will continue. This blog believes that this appointment is to shore up the continued political engagement and to try and take it to another level. Glen Clary is the first individual this blog has come across who wore a pastoral hat and also chaired a political party. This blog is curious as to whether or not others would have acted this way. So I asked a couple of quick questions and asked, “Could you see yourself pastoring a church and also leading the Pennsylvania/Wisconsin GOP?” The answer was a resounding no. This just goes to show that Liberty’s problems are unique and not many other evangelical schools carry them. You won’t find these issues at Trinity, Biola, Wheaton, etc… But you will find them at Liberty.