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Rachael:) Mom:) Maudry Ervin Santa Clara, CA USA
Dearest Billy Graham :) My Mother, Maudry Ann, first introduced me to you, in so many devotional books of y...

Passing down the baton

Leo Pierre-Jerome , FL USA
What an amazing journey you've had. I remember, as a toddler, watching some of your crusades on television. I ...

Translation from English to Filipino of the book

Pastor Luis Mendez San Leandro, California USA
INVITATION (Mula sa aklat na: Billy Graham and the Lives that Touched) By Boz and Aram Tchividjian Grand ch...


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...
Anselm Miller Johnston, RH USA
When I was a teenager I had friends in school but I was still not happy with myself. When school was over for ...

The Great Judge

John Anderson Boca Raton, FL, United States
While living out in Los Angeles last year, I visited the site of the 1st tent meeting on Hill Street. To my su...

Inspiration to Young 1951

Edna King Summit, Mississippi
In 1951 my husband, Rev. Eddie King, and I were serving Asheville St. Baptist Church in Morganton,NC. In April...

From a Montreat Student

Polly Thombley Cumming, GA USA
I was a student at Montreat-Anderson College in the early 1980's. I have such fond memories of Billy Graham sh...
Elaine Szalay Fountain Hills, AZ USA
At a young age of my 20's I heard Billy's message and felt I accepted Christ, then worked with my church youth...

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...

Saved..back slidden..Surrendered

Elaine Szalay Fountain Hills, AZ USA
When I was in my late teens or early 20's my family started watching Billy on his TV crusades. How vibrant he ...

Your Crusades in Panama City

Maria Earle Brooklyn, NY USA
When I was a little girl growing up in the Republic of Panama, my father always attended your crusades and I g...

Praise God, for your servitude Billy Graham!

Willow Joyce Olson-Arnold Asheville, NC
Raised in a Christian household, my grandparents both contributed to your ministry. They went many times to Th...

Hope For The Troubled Heart

Dana Humes Arden, NC USA
I was a sixteen year old mother and crazy in love with my sons father, however we were not married. He played ...

Saved at age 12

Jose Ruiz Allentown, PA USA
At age 12 back in 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio, new to this land of liberty, still learning to speak English, I got...

It was a dark night!

Tamara Tanner Kansas City, MO USA
I had been feeling blue for awhile, I was having serious financial problems, and just being lonely, very lonel...

Souls Saved in China

Mark Czanderna Antioch Tennessee
Thank you Billy Graham and praise the Lord for an interview you did on the radio back in 1984-85. I saw the...

Ed LaRossa ,
I was into drugs and was very lost as a teenager around 1971 and the only preacher I heard of was Billy Graham...

Thank you, Billy Graham

Rhoda Bridgman Ontario, Canada
I just wanted to thank you for all of the work that you have done around the world. I have gone to two of your...

Joe Fine Dumfries, VA USA
I have been profoundly affected by the movies that the BGEA has produced. I can't say how many times I have vi...

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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