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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...

One of A Kind - Humble Soul Winner For Christ

Gerri Marks Murfreesboro, TN USA
I've never attended a Crusade; however, the many times that I have had the opportunity to witness the powerful...

The baby has grown!

Dori Willson Streatham, London UK
How did I become a Christian? Well I often say, "I am a Billy Graham baby!" I had just started my nursing care...

The Man I Was Going to Marry!

Julie Montague Orange, CA
I grew up in a wonderful Christian home. We went to a couple of Billy Graham crusades in Orange County, CA (An...

I Have a Future Now

Lisa Riebel Fruita, CO USA
I grew up in a middle-class family. We weren't a Christian home, but we did follow morals in many areas of our...
I met Dr. Graham a pre-meeting with other pastor's in Jacksonville, Florida. This was in 1960. What an impact ...



My Future Husband

pamela bjorkman Vero Beach, FL USA
In the 1960's my family attended the Billy Graham Crusade at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It was one of ...

Now I know Jesus Christ personally

Elizabeth Smith Essex, England UK
I was raised in a Christian family and attended a traditional Anglican Sunday School and Church. I learned abo...

Praying Large: The Prayers of Righteous Men

Robert Pardon Massachusetts, United States
I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the presidency of Dr. Harold Ockenga. Dr. Graham w...

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 ...

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...

Thank you Billy Graham

Alvin Blackmore Houston, TX USA
Since I was old enough to watch TV, My Family and I would run to the Black and White Television and watch Bill...

I had hell scared right out of me!

Shirley Kathryn Kingsland, TX USA
I was a church-goer all of my life! I was born on a "baptist blanket!" More than that, I have loved Jesus as f...

The Prayer....

Bradley Shotts Mansfield, TX USA
Dear Friend, I once heard an evangelist speak years ago at my church. He had attended a seminar for ministe...

A Seed of Faith

Brenda Thompson Warren, MI USA
I wanted to tell my story, because at the age of 8 years old Pastor Graham planted the first real seed of fait...

I worked for Billy Graham

Edward Rothman Minneapolis, MN
When I was a young believer, I used to watch Dr. Graham's crusades on television and they were very helpful to...

June Agresti Phoenix, AZ USA
Dear Billy Graham, I was born in 1946, but my life did not really begin until the spring of 1971 in Pittsbu...

The Journey Companion

Mitchell Ganz Lake Worth, FL USA
My name is Mitchell Ganz and I just wanted to express my appreciation to Billy Graham for his book "The Journe...


Janet Willis Fayetteville, GA USA
I first was saved as a young teen. I had been raised in a home where my mom was abused, and sometimes us. (my ...

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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