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Becky Mangrich Waverly, Iowa US
Hello my name is Becky and I would just like to say how very much I love Mr Graham, He saved me from giving up...

Billy Graham

Charyse Kirby Lexington, KY USA
I never made it to any crusades but I loved watching you on tv. My mother and I loved hearing the choir sing J...

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...

A Hero

Joshua Figueroa Cleveland, OH, United States
I just want to say how thankful and grateful I am to Dr. Billy Graham. He has been an influence on my life. I ...

An Example

Glenda Jensen Des Moines, Iowa USA
He taught us how to live a constant, consistant life. To stand for the Word of God no matter what. His message...
Tammy Coffee Granite Falls, NC USA
First of all, I want Thank God for blessing the world with Dr.Billy and Ruth Graham. "Thank you ,Dear Lord ...
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...

Charlotte, Billy's on the TV

Charlotte Myers Liberty, SC USA
As a very young child. I would say around 5 years old, my maternal grandmother would come and stay with us for...

Youth Crusade on Television circa 1962

Lynn Gonzalz Bloomfield, CT USA
October 15, 2007 My younger brother and sister were asleep and my mother had gone out for the evening. I wa...

Twice Blessed

Linda Wales Mt. Vernon, WA USA
Billy Graham came to our town when I was s young girl. I went forward at the crusade, which was held at the Ra...

Inspired by Billy Graham's Autobiography

Jay Hines Morganville, NJ USA
Dear Billy Graham: Thank you for loving God and letting all of us see that. Your dedication to God has had ...

Elaine Dalton Hurt, VA USA
Dear Billy & Ruth Graham, Thank you for being America's messengers for God! Thank you for the admirable r...

Thank You, Dr. Graham

Thomas Beaman Jr Fort Worth, TX
Thank you so much, Dr. Graham, for the inspiration and dedication you have for Jesus Christ. You are an inspir...

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...

Chris Armfield Greer, SC USA
I met Billy and Ruth about 15 years ago when I began to date their granddaughter Jerushah who is their eldest ...

Highlight of Dad's Capitol Hill Career

Frank Shelton Waldorf, MD
My father, Franklin C Shelton, Sr retired in 1995 from the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, DC. He was actin...

growing up

Eula V Graham Oakland, California United States
My name is Eula Graham I am from Oakland, California, I am not the Eula Graham that has sumitted a story befor...

You Planted The Seeds

Anthony Estatico Yonkers, NY USA
Dear Bro. Graham: Greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Chist. I was first introduced to ...

Christian Farmer *pictures added*

Alexander Sloane Savernake, NSW Australia
As a young farm lad I loved to listen to Billy Graham's ˜Hour of Decision' on the radio. I remember sitting i...

My Husband and I Worked For Billy Graham

Alberta Rothman Minnetonka, MN
Happy Birthday Billy Graham, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity of working at Billy Graham Evangel...

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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