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Cherie Howard Santa Ana Heights, CA USA
Dearest Billy Graham, I have watched and listened to you over the past 36 years. I was so excited to see &...

God Bless My Grandmother and Billy Graham

Elizabeth McDonald Jefferson, GA USA
Billy, I grew up watching you on tv. My grandmother would insist on watching you every time you were on tv in ...
Janis DelRicci North Providence, RI USA
Dear Billy, My husband and I would like to thank Billy Graham for his faithfulness to God over the years. It ...
Cheryl Ford Chula Vista, CA USA
The time was June 1972. The place was Dallas, TX. The event was in 72. My husband Clay was a youth pastor, and...

We Love Billy

Anne Sheridan Canada
Dear Billy: You have been a household name since I was a are so loved by all... thank you for ...

Thanks from Charlotte

Brian Mesimer ,
I first found out about Billy Graham when I was six years old. My parents were and still are devout Christians...
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...

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...

Medical Missions

Cindy Ruppel Columbia, TN USA
  I became a Christian during my college years (1972) and your magazine was a great encouragement to m...

From Mocker to Child of God

Mark North Montague, NJ USA
I can remember when I was a child watching Billy Graham either early in the morning on Sunday or late at night...


W John Lewis Castalia, NC USA
It was right after World War 2 when Billy came to England for a crusade. My Dad and Mom heard about the crusad...

Too Young for Christ?

Susan Osborn Peoria, IL, United States
In November 1951, I took advantage of the occasion of the Saturday Children's Crusade session in Greensboro, N...

Thanks for the Memories

Lee Bisbey Phoenix, AZ USA
Dear Billy: In celebrating your 90th birthday, thank you for all of the times you have shared Jesus Christ....

A Testimony a Child Can Understand

Glenna Jackson Houston, TX USA
The Astrodome was a few years old and it was my first time inside. But what thrilled me was the simple message...

Saved through the Billy Graham Crusade

Michael Harris West Palm Beach, FL USA
  I got saved on April 20, 1962 and by 1968 I had gone my own way. When I first saw my future husband ...

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...


Derrick Sales , Namibia
Dear Mr. Graham. I have never had the honor of sitting in one of your meetings, however my life has been im...

Thank you, Billy for the introduction

Kenneth Dreyer Emporia, KS, United States
Thank you, Billy for introducing the Bible and it's stories that include hope for salvation for even a sinner ...

Chris Ruhl Weatherford, OK USA
When I was 15 a friend gave me a box of books that I promptly put away in the top of my closet. A few years la...


Wilhelmina Pinner Brooklyn, NY USA

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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