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How I Met Billy

vernon chism ,
in 1972 when billy graham held his cruesade here in lexington my dad took me back stage after it was over bill...
Helen Terrell Athens, GA USA
Rev. Graham, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for you using your life to serve and preach the W...

Well Done, my good and faithful servant.

Jeannine Langley Farmersville, TX USA
Jesus came to earth to make everlasting life available to us all. He sacrificed his life on the cross, teachin...

How Billy is changing my life

Sharon Phillips Seoul South Korea
I grew up with severely strict mother and grandmother, and shows like the 700 Club were always playing on the ...
Emily Henson , USA
I love Ruth and Billy Graham! When I was a little girl I loved watching Billy Graham on television. When they...

Coming to Christ - the 8 year old and the B&W Television

Diane Helmers-Carr Dexter, IA USA
Dear Pastor Billy Graham, You do not know me and have never met me although you are responsible for myself, an...


Letticia Perry Houston, TX USA
My 17 year old sister and I were living on the edge in San Diego. We doing drugs, going from man to man, doing...
Sue Hall Hixson, TN USA
Dear Dr Graham & Family; We want to say our hearts are with you at this time and we thank you and your ...

Found HIM

Joe Hendren Columbia, MO USA
On The last day of November, 1978 Billy was doing a crusade on TV and God used him to keep me from killing mys...
Ada Vorpagel Holly Ridge, NC USA
I met Billy Graham when I was a teen-ager when he was just starting his Crusades. He came to Pittsburgh, PA. M...

He put the fear of God In Me

Dr.Catherine Gayle Marietta, GA USA
As a child I was very active and a lot of times I got into trouble and found myself sent to my room with out a...

Larry Spach Charlotte, NC USA
In 1954, Easter Sunday in Winston Salem, my dad asked Jesus into his heart listening to Billy on the radio at ...

Thank you!!

Charles Wood Pelham, Massachusetts
I just wanted to wish Mr. Graham a 'Happy Birthday' and may God bless you today and everyday! Thank you for th...


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 ...

'God Hates Sin'

John Burdick Oklahoma City, OK USA
Dear Billy Graham and friends, Billy, there is just something about the way you say what you say. There is ...

Our Salvation in South Florida

Bonnie Enderby Coral Springs, Fl USA
In the spring of 1985, my mother and I went to your crusade. I went forward, and my mother said she accepted J...

Lou Ann Chapuis Huntley, IL USA
My story is really my mom's story. My mom would often tune it to the crusades Billy held on TV and the Holy Sp...

Watching those Crusades

Jodie Naum Grand Rapids, MI USA
I am the Mother of 5 children. Always, when one of Billy's crusades were going to be televised, I called my ch...


Charles Melvin Palm Coast, FL USA

My Grand-Father

Mary Doherty Syracuse, New York USA
I want to share with you how my Grand-Father was a great fan of Billy Graham. When he would hear that Billy wa...

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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