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2 crusades

Alice Findell ,
The first crusade in KCMO was about 1968. I went forward but I thought I was ready for heaven. I was not, but ...

A Testimony

Alan Bray Wedderburn, Victoria Australia
A Testimony My name is Alan. Today, I am approaching my 67th birthday. In May of 1959, (the year Billy Grah...

Gentle Guidance

Mike Levelle Vermilion, OH, United States
In January 1975 I had made a commitment to follow Jesus, yet knew that I needed some guidance. I had grown up ...

The First Real Preacher I Ever Knew

Belinda Craft Decatur, GA USA
Dear Billy Graham, You were the first real preacher I ever saw on television. I say this because I listened to...

Gave my life to Jesus

LeAnne Toren Burnsville, MN USA
I was just 7 years old when Billy had his Crusade at the State Fair in MN. I was raised in a Christian home bu...
Frank Dearing Fort Worth, TX USA
Judy Hazard Highland, MI USA
Dear Mr. Graham:. I heard you speak in Detroit, Michigan when I was a teenager. I gave my heart to Jesus at yo...

Changed direction..

Colleen Humphreys Eltham, Victoria Australia
On Friday 9 November 2007 the ABC on their program ‘Can We Help?' replied to a viewer's question about t...

Thank you

William Morris Fort Scott, KS USA
I am a disabled 44 year old who has been a Christian since 1996 when I went to a Promise Keepers rally in Kans...

New Creation in Christ

Rachel Martinez Robinson Yorktown, TX USA
My name is Rachel Martinez Robinson. As a child I was brought up in a Christian home, but I did not make a dec...

Ashley Smith ,
I remember my father, an alcoholic atheist, telling me to sit down and watch Billy Graham on TV one night. He ...

My Grandma's Wisdom

Herb Hook Hilton Head Island, SC USA
Dear Billy, When I was a young man and visiting my grandmother in Kansas City she took me to your crusade t...

Billy Graham - Faithfulness and Integrity!

BETTY FRITZKE Yorkton, SK, Canada
Your FAITHFULNESS AND INTEGRITY greatly impacted me all my life but especially as a teenager, when I first hea...

Nye Allen Matthews, MA USA
My Dad, Walter Allen, of Rock Hill, SC had a neat opportunity as a counselor at one of Billy Graham's Crusades...

Inspired by Billy Graham's Autobiography

Jay Hines Morganville, NJ USA
Dear Billy Graham: Thank you for loving God and letting all of us see that. Your dedication to God has had ...

God is Good so Good

Angela Lane Syracuse, NY USA
Hello my name is Angela Lane and I am 32 years old. I went to the Billy Graham Crusade at the Carrier Dome at ...

The Jorney

Becky Mangrich Waverly, Iowa US
Hello my name is Becky and I would just like to say how very much I love Mr Graham, He saved me from giving up...

Why Billy Graham is my Hero

Margie Sanders Mpls, MN
I have watched you since I was a little girl with my grandma and then parents and now husband. You are the mos...

My Billy Graham Story

Bob Dion Deland, FL USA
While  living in South Florida we attended a Billy Graham crusade in the 80's in Fort Lauderdale. I wanted to...


Maria Parker Orlando, Fl USA
BLOCKED IN THE CLOSET At the age of 2 years old my parents divorced and in 1962 the father NEVER got custody ...

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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