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In Front of the TV

David Morton, PhD Lakeland, FL USA
In 1973, at the age of 25, I assumed the pastorate of a church in Panama City, FL. I immediately met "Lottie a...
Claudine Loyd Markham, Ill USA
Dear Dr. Billy Graham: While I have never had the opportunity to attend a Billy Graham Crusade,work with th...

Thank you, Billy Graham

Rhoda Bridgman Ontario, Canada
I just wanted to thank you for all of the work that you have done around the world. I have gone to two of your...

I just want to show my appreciation

Shanel Tarrant Hempstead, NY USA
I'm not even 18 yet, but I'm so moved by the way that Mr. Graham has touched so many people. Even though i hav...
Marty Carpenter San Antonio, TX USA
My Mother was in a wheel chair the last 7 years of her life due to arthritis of the spine. She was in Lubbock ...
Lori Gould Beatrice, NE USA
I am so happy to know that someday I will get to meet the man that so greatly touched our world for Christ. To...
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 ...

A Seed was Planted

Sandra Slayton Lynchburg, VA
In 1961 at age thirteen I attended a movie theater screening of a Billy Graham crusade. I was so touched by th...

God Loves You!

Mary Mills Houston, TX USA
For over 50 years I have heard this man of God preach the word; such power behind those words "God Loves You, ...

Thank you for your selfless commitment

Jerry Thompson Fort Worth, TX
I don't have an elaborate story but I will never forget my going to your crusade in Los Angles in the 60's. I ...

Christian Farmer *pictures added*

Alexander Sloane Savernake, NSW Australia
As a young farm lad I loved to listen to Billy Graham's ˜Hour of Decision' on the radio. I remember sitting i...

Third Generation

Miriam Maldonado Astoria, NY USA
Hi Billy, I never had a chance to thank you for your sacrifice. My father who was born in Puerto Rico and h...

Victoria Pridgen , NC USA
I remember my mom who was a Christian and even my Dad who was not, listening and watching Billy Graham program...

Anthony Carfagno Atlantic City, NJ USA
Dear Billy, Sometimes it's not the person themselves, but whom that person brings along with them. I'd like t...

Thank you for Giving to the Lord

Shirley Souto Paramus, NJ USA
Like the song Thank you for Giving to the Lord, Billy because you have given yourself to the lord dedicated yo...

I found purpose

Ray de Vial Kendal, Cumbria UK
As a restless 14 year old, with no understanding of God and no awareness of Jesus, with a 50 year old father w...

Was Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Now Everything!

Helen MacDonald Rupert, ID USA
TOTAL fear swatted me completely. In a second's time. Fear of everything entered me. Age 22. Alone, at home...

My name is Patricia Pierce Combs and I am from Farmville, NC. I can remember as a child my parents making rema...

Vicki Bowman ,
Most honorable servants of God, Rev. Graham and Ruth: My grandmother used to make my brother and I watch your ...

My Testamony

John Motter New Carlisle, OH USA
In February of 1953, my parents took all 6 of us kids to Bowling Green, Ohio's high school auditorium to see e...

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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