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Bob Shapeland ,
I gained a great respect for Rev. Graham during a conference our church put on at his Asheville, NC facility "...

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...
Ben Bryson ,
Thank you for Pastoring a grieving nation after 9/11. It was the best sermon I have ever heard preached and to...

Simply, Thank You!

Rev, Peggy Ducker Albrightsville, PA USA
Dear Rev. Graham, I simply want to give God Praise and thank you for allowing God to use you in such a trem...


Suzanne Holt Lino Lakes, MN USA
Thank you for always being an inspiration of what it means to live your life for the Lord. It always inspired ...

The Three Bills

Doty Wagner North East, PA USA
In 1957, I went to NYC with my mother, my brother, and my grandmother. My grandmother was having a cancer oper...
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...


Marilyn Williams Jacksonville, FL USA

1972 - a year of new beginings

Sandra Murphy Oshkosh, WI USA
It was June of '72 - I was 29 yrs. old. My life was a mess. I had reached the bottom of the barrel. One nig...

God's humble servant

Kevin Gilbert Lexington, KY USA
It seems as if Billy has always been with us. It is because he has spoken The Word of God with humility and po...

Cathy Perkins Hickory, NC USA
One of my earliest memories is a Billy Graham Crusade. It was in the mid 50's (sorry I cannot remember the exa...

Teresa Mock Richmond Hill, GA USA
During the free-spirited summer of 1969, at the y...

Mike Bowie ,
One day I was painting my front porch and an older man drove up, 1 mile from the HWY. He said he wasn't sure w...

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...

Men God Used in My Life

Patrick Rundle New Holland, PA USA
Thank you Billy for your faithfulnes to God and His Word.I am walking with God because of how you both did you...

Rocco Pesce Waterbury, CT USA
Billy Graham was the one person who could always get my attention while I was flipping passed all the channels...

Good and Faithful Servant

Deborah Griffith Lexington, KY USA
As an 8 year-old girl, I remember walking the sidewalk to the Indianapolis 1959 Billy Graham Crusade through t...

I Knew Him When

Mary Waller DeLand,, FL USA
In 1939 when I was 12 years old,I was challenged in school to learn 300 Bible verses. I do not remember the na...

Marie Dickens Lake Forest, CA USA
Dear Billy Graham, I have fond love for you through our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1972, just a newlywed, I was wa...

My New Story

Aram Tchividjian West Palm Beach, FL
Again was I suddenly recalled to my immediate surroundings by a repetition of the weird moan from the depths o...

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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