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LaFaye Grooms Forrest, VA USA
Dear Billy, My story is about the goodness of God and His peace that surpasses all of my understanding. You h...

Thank you

Bernadette Johnson Glendale, NY USA
I just want to thank you for thre book offers you have. Your books have been such a blessing in my life. My fi...

From Generation to Generation

Joe Davis Waco, TX USA
Dear Brother Graham, In 1951 or 1952, you held a tent revival in Shreveport, Louisiana. My mother, Ethel Da...
Mary Ann Hammer Santa Rosa, CA USA
Dear Rev. Graham & Family: How can I EVER thank you enough for the tremendous influence you have had in my...
Esteban Egea Plano, TX USA
I have watched Billy Graham's crusades on television many times, and have his small book "Hope for Every Day: ...

My Brother

Cherie Gilliand Southaven, MS USA
My brother,Howard, was saved at one of your crusades in Memphis. He was a graduate of Annapolis and afterward...

I Owe to I Own

Lori Wilson , USA
Crusades bless thousands in each city. My blessing is of a more personal nature. I was working at a small Chri...

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...

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...

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...

Thank You Billy Gram-ham!

Kathy Brannon Homosassa, FL USA
Thank you, Billy Gram-ham! Our youngest daughter was only 6 in 1976...but she knew who you were. Just learn...

Richard Turner Forrest, VA USA
Dear Billy, In the late 80's, I was living in Jacksonville, Florida and I had developed a pretty bad drinking...

From Russia to Faith in Jesus

Ellen Bayles Kenmore, WA USA
My Parents both escaped out of Russia separately with their families into Iran in the '30s and later met and w...

Thank You

Joseph Basler Spartanburg, SC, United States
Thank you, Dr Graham, for your lifetime of faithfulness. My parents took me to see you in Norfolk, VA in 1974....

Paul Wood Virginia Beach, VA USA
For as long as I can remember, I have counted Dr. and Mrs. Graham among my heroes. While I never had the privi...

Renee Frangedakis Shelby Township, MI USA
I remember watching your crusades on television when I was a child growing up in the 60's. We always heard our...

Jesus used you for His glory!!!

Renee Fiorilli Florida
Dear Rev Billy Graham, I just want to thank you for your ministry. Back when I was in high school in the ea...

From Darkness into Light

Lynne Chandler Zagreb, Croatia
My name is Lynne Chandler and I am an American currently living in the country of Croatia. I would like to sha...

Inspired by Billy Graham

My mum and her friends were really inspired when Billy Graham came to Germany. Since it had a positive impact...

My Grandma's Wisdom

Herb Hook Hilton Head Island, SC USA
Dear Billy, When I was a young man and visiting my grandmother in Kansas City she took me to your crusade t...

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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