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Sandi Niemeier Lawton, LO USA
I was probably 10 when I attended an outdoor revival featuring Billy Graham. I remember it like it was yesterd...


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 ...

From Mocker to Child of God

Mark North Montague, NJ USA
I can remember when I was a child watching Billy Graham either early in the morning on Sunday or late at night...

The Words Which Saved My Life

Roxanne Wood Missouri
As a young girl I was amid the runaway/throway children back home in Florida living on Ft.Lauderdale beach. I ...

I was Los Angeles in 1949

Jean Livesay Deltona, FL USA
I was living in Los Angeles in 1949 and read in the LA Times that a young evangelist named Billy Graham was ho...


Julianne Chaney Birmingham, AL USA
I was only 12 or 13 when I was singing in the choir that year, and the Crusade had come to Birmingham, Alabama...
Patricia Purden Springdale, AR USA
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, the family of Billy & Ruth Graham, I have been with The BGEA sinc...
My name is Patricia Pierce Combs and I am from Farmville, NC. I can remember as a child my parents making rema...

His ministry made a huge difference in my life

Nancy Davis Grand Rapids, MI, United States
I truly believe I am a Christian today because of Billy Graham's ministry, and am so thankful! Back in 1948 my...
Adriane Mitchel Brooklyn, NY USA
I've only seen Dr. Billy Graham once in person. Of course, I have seen him numerous times on television. I liv...

This is my story...

Nathaniel Lyakwo London, UK
I have heard and watched Dr. Billy Graham preach the good news on TV and radio especially the 'Graham years' a...

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...

My wife..Norma

Adolfo Juiel Idaho Falls, ID USA
Norma was not a Christian, but I was in love with her. I had been asking God to give me a help mate, that love...

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...

Donna Choate ,
I can not remember a day in my life any more clearly than when I was a teenager and I heard Rev. Billy Graham ...

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...

Billy Graham - A Man After God's Own Heart

Shannon Montague Austin, TX USA
I have been blessed through the years as I've watched the Billy Graham crusades, and count it a privilege to h...

From TV to heaven...

Ruth Bolin Canton, SD USA
My mother died May 12, 2007, just short of her 90th birthday. It was a day of celebration for her six children...

Thank God Billy Graham was born!!!

Paula Emmett Louisville, KY
I may not know Jesus as my savior had I not listened to Mr. Graham as a child. I was born to a very dysfunc...

A Journey To Find Jesus

John Pace Talladega, AL USA
I thought I was seeking something real,something besides myself. I guess I was seeking God even though I phras...

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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