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Terric Bedford Shreveport, LA USA
I grew up listening to Mr. Graham on TV.As a little girl I would be glued to the TV everytime he came on. Have...
Sarah Clark Oakville, Canada Canada
The last decade has been one of trials and of growth for me. Being an abuse survivor as a child, it has taken ...
Lisa Guzman ,
I just want to say thank you with all my heart. I thank God for your submission even though you were not there...
Wade Mauck Lancaster, PA USA
Billy's crusades where a part of the confirming process for me as a new born again believer. When I hear his v...

In The Presence of Greatness

C.O. Gaskins Buford, GA USA
Rev. Billy Graham has been a household name in my home for as long as I can recall. I grew up on a farm in Sou...

A Night to Remember

Annette Bordies Central Islip, NY USA
Dear Billy In the early fifties my mother used to listen to many preachers on the radio but your message al...

Thank You, Dr. Graham

Thomas Beaman Jr Fort Worth, TX
Thank you so much, Dr. Graham, for the inspiration and dedication you have for Jesus Christ. You are an inspir...

Happy Birthday and Thank-You, Brother Graham!!!

Jacki Thrower Spokane, WA
Dearest Brother Graham, I was "introduced" to your ministry by my Grandmother (via the television) when I w...

My Oldest Son - A gift of Life

Peggy Freeman Canton, GA USA
I think the greatest gift a child can ever give their mom is the gift of life that they received from our Lord...

A Testimony a Child Can Understand

Glenna Jackson Houston, TX USA
The Astrodome was a few years old and it was my first time inside. But what thrilled me was the simple message...

Sheila Linder Prairieville, LA USA
I grew up a good "Catholic" girl in an all Catholic community, did all the things I was supposed to do, but wa...

Lauren Woodward Romoland, CA USA
Dear Reverend Graham, I wanted to say thank you for all that you and your wife have meant to me. I did not ...

Salvation in His Time...

Laura Dagostino New Fairfield, CT USA
My mom used to watch your TV crusades in the 70's and 80's. I occassionally watched and listened with her as a...

America's Pastor

Johnnie Britton Memphis, TN USA
I never got to go to one of your crusades and I have never met you. Yet you seemed to know me. Thank you Ti...

thank you

Suzanne Franklin Charleston, SC USA
I have never been to a Billy Graham Crusade, but I have always admired Billy Graham and his family and just th...

"What about me"

Mary James Riverdale, GA USA
My sons and I were watching Billy Graham on television when we were in Washington D.C. At the end when Billy G...

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...

God Called me by Radio...

Dave Shifflett Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada
My story of how Billy Graham's ministry impacted my life is simple. I came to the Lord during 1967, at the age...

My Poem for you..'Just As I Am'

Eva Duncan Ripley, MS USA
I have listened to your crusades for years via Televison. I write spiritual poems and childrens stories plus a...

George Boynton Wilmington, NC USA
As a freshman in High School the Fall of 1956, I made a reel-to-reel tape recording off the air (my little rad...

about billy graham

For as long as we can remember, people from all walks of life have approached us and told us about how they came to know Jesus Christ through the work and ministry of Billy Graham. Beyond the magazine covers, best-selling books, White House visits, and Gallup polls are the masses of everyday people who have been forever changed by God through a man we’ve known simply as “Daddy Bill.”

9-month-old Antony being held by "Daddy Bill"

We believe it is now time to share the stories from those who have filled the stadiums, watched televised programs, and read our grandfather’s books over the years. With every changed life comes a story that is worth telling. Daddy Bill’s own story is best told through the accounts of the lives God touched during his many years of ministry; stories of hope, forgiveness, joy, redemption, and salvation.

Daddy Bill’s story began long before we were born. The year was 1934, and a young Billy Graham, who had once referred to religion as “hogwash,” surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Three years later,


our grandfather was unexpectedly asked to preach his first sermon at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. His sermon only lasted eight minutes.

Daddy Bill began to think up excuse after excuse for why he could never become a preacher. But as time passed, the excuses diminished. He knew he couldn’t escape the powerful calling of his heavenly Father to preach the Word to all people. During these struggles, he was often reminded of God’s encouragement to Moses: “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12).

The inner battle finally came to an end on a moonlit Florida evening in March 1938. As Daddy Bill walked the eighteenth green of the Temple Terrace Golf Course, he dropped to his knees and cried, “Oh God, if You want me to preach, I will serve You.”

Brothers Antony, Basyle and Aram Tchividjian

More than seventy years have passed since that blessed Florida evening, and our grandfather,


Billy Graham, has been faithful to that calling. We want you to know that the most important thing - both to us and to Daddy Bill - is the lives God has touched through one simple but eternally powerful message: The message of Jesus Christ.

Billy taking time out with children

As grandchildren, we have been blessed to know Daddy Bill in a more intimate and personal way than most people have - after the cameras have been turned off and the crowds have gone home. We know him as a man who simply loves people, and is as comfortable conversing with a cab driver or busboy as he is a president, CEO, or movie star.  And it doesn’t matter where he is or what he is doing, Daddy Bill always had time for us, and for that we have been so blessed. 

It is our prayer that through this website you will experience the amazing love and awesome power of the God who has made it all possible. We are so grateful to God for Daddy Bill and are humbled and blessed to call him our grandfather. 

- Aram, Basyle and Jerushah

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