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Scott Hohne Mount Vernon, WA USA
I was first introduced to Billy Graham when I was living in public housing under the worst conditions. We had ...

Thank you!!

Charles Wood Pelham, Massachusetts
I just wanted to wish Mr. Graham a 'Happy Birthday' and may God bless you today and everyday! Thank you for th...

Saved On The Forty Yard Line

Jackie Belt Rockwall, TX USA
I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour at Alamo Stadium in June 1968. A place where I played high school footba...


Carol McSwain Hempstead, TX USA
Dear Rev. Graham: As a child growing up in Minneapolis, I heard your name often. My sweet, precious little ...

Thanks, Billy!

Greg Paulsen Kansas City, MO USA
Dear Billy, I've read your columns in our newspaper every day for the last twenty years. Your columns have ...

God's Reminder and Blessing

Debbbie Linn Norman, OK USA
I was a volunteer at this crusade. I don't remember what my official title was. I guess that I was an escort...

As a child

NEll Wallace Byron, Georgia
I was raised in Southeast Georgia on a big farm with 5 brothers and a Christian Mom & Dad. We went to the ...

A Strong Influence

Ed Sinke Tyler, TX, United States
Growing up in a non religious /catholic home with Dutch immigrant parents who surrived slave labor camps and t...

Once was enough!

Thelma Swims Bartlett, IL USA
I would like to share my story. I am an African American female and my name is Thelma. I grew up in a small to...
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...

Took my Mother-in-Law to the Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ann Strickland Philadelphia, PA USA
It was a great pleasure to go to the Billy Graham when he was in Philadelphia @ Kennedy Stadium. My Mother-in-...

Time with the Grahams

Dot Knuckles Bradenton, FL
In the mid 80's my husband and I attended a Kiwanis convention in Orlando. Our guest speaker was Rev. Billy Gr...

At the Top of the Stairs

Paatricia Fasulo Syracuse, NY USA
When I was a teenager, around the year 1971, my parents were watching a Billy Graham Crusade on TV. As I walke...

Faith and Trust

Lyn nelson Tucson, AZ USA
I grew up in Logan Square, inner city of Chicago. I was about 8 years old when I came to know my Lord. I th...

He Brings Glory to Jesus

Margo Mills Hurst, TX USA
I was honored to be a counselor in a crusade in Houston, TX in the 70's not too long after becoming a Christia...

jeremy leopold , usa
I had been a career criminal for about 2/3 of my 29 years. A drug addict, thief, and drug dealer for almost 18...

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 ...

Mr. Graham who blessed the world and made it a better place!

Shirley Esau 100 Mile House, BC, Canada
You willl have a special place in the Kingdom, Mr. Graham. Thank you for the opportunity to work in the 1981 S...

The First Real Preacher I Ever Knew

Belinda Craft Decatur, GA USA
Dear Billy Graham, You were the first real preacher I ever saw on television. I say this because I listened to...

I love him

Nate Tchividjian Coconut Creek, FL USA
Billy is in my family. He is my great grandfather! I just want to say I love him dearly. love, Nate 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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