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Dr. Tony Gibson ,
I came to faith in Jesus Christ at the Billy Graham New York City Crusade in 1957. I was singing in the choir ...

Thank you, Billy Graham

Nancy Summers Orange City, FL
A Crusade was held in Miami Beach, FL., back in the late 60's or early 70's. My family belonged to the Miami S...

My Coming to Christ

Zach Tennessee
I was raised by my mother who was mostly non religious but was taken to church by my grandmother who helped br...
Ed Yount Conover, NC USA
Many years ago you preached a crusade at Boston College. At that time I was a young seminary student. You paid...

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...

Thank you Billy!

Craig Fowler Fresno, CA USA
I attended your 1989 crusades at the old Wembley Stadium in London, and a little before that, the simulcast in...

The Family of God on Earth and in Heaven

Candy Green Gustavson Cleveland, GA USA
In 1971, my husband, Tom Green, from a Jewish home,and I, a Gentile, were hippies in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, i...

My Story...

Beverly Bahret Toledo, OH USA
I want to say thank you to Mr.Graham. My life was forever changed at age 10 (43 years ago) as I sat in front o...

A Tribute

Carol (Shipper) Barr Ormond Beach, FL USA
I have many memories from my childhood of sitting in front of the TV and listening to many of your crusades. B...

Saved and Sealed in Butler, PA

Susan Black Smith Raleigh, NC USA
I was raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area as an only child to two loving parents who were faithful with church a...

A Man Of God

Bro. James Bryant Snellville, GA USA
I've been inspired for many years by such a man of God (Billy Graham) heaven is truly smiling on you! I pray t...

Don Myers Nampa, ID USA
I was leaving work one day and heard on the radio that a Billy Graham Crusade was going on. Something prodded ...

Billy Saved my Life!

COLLEEN BARNARD Comstock Park, Plainfield Township, MI
In mid 1975 I was 5 months pregnant, back with my mother and looking to get a divorce started. I was in an awf...

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...

A Strong Influence

Ed Sinke Tyler, TX, United States
Growing up in a non religious /catholic home with Dutch immigrant parents who surrived slave labor camps and t...


Bill Falls Crystal Beach, FL USA
In 1982 my MSU Symphony Choir direstor called me to see if I wanted to see the movie 'Joni' that she had two f...

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 ...

Sharron Howdyshell Grafton, WV USA
Mr. Graham has been a part of my life for over 50 years. As a child we would turn in to listen to him preach t...

The Great Interruption

Gloria Mendez Holland, MI USA
I was born in Chicago in 1952 to parents who arrived recently arrived from Puerto Rico in 1951. My parents wer...

Bill Graham's Media Outreach Helped Lead Me to Christ

Anthony Rufo Wheaton, IL USA
I was brought up in a Catholic family in the Midwest; my parents were good people and practiced their faith se...

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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