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Carolyn Curtis Dover, FL USA
In 1960 someone handed me a book with testimonies of some of the people who had been saved at a Billy Graham C...

Hindhu GOD rejection

Tinu Patel Browns Mills, NJ USA
I am the worst of all sinners. I knew about jesus since 1992 and even accepted him back then. I didn't know th...

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...

Seeds Sown

Doug Lynn Thornville, OH USA
I was a boy of 14 or so when the Billy Graham Crusade came to Columbus, Ohio. I went with the local church you...

Billy Graham is everywhere

Kevin Collard Sterling Heights, MI USA
My earliest remembrance of Billy Graham was in the early 70's. My parents had banned film-going for their 5 ki...

Billy is a man of God

Jesus Leon Los Angeles, CA USA
I got to say that Billy is truly a man of God. He really speaks to the hearts of Christians and I believe he h...

Thank You, Pastor Billy!

Barbie (Denny) Insall McMinnville, OR USA
I have few very precious childhood memories growing up in Northwestern OH, during the 1950's. But the ones I d...

An Open Letter of Thanks...

Lynn Mosher Louisville, KY USA
Dear Dr. Graham, My name is Lynn Mosher. My spiritual destiny was set in motion when my Christian parents t...
Judy Hazard Highland, MI USA
Dear Mr. Graham:. I heard you speak in Detroit, Michigan when I was a teenager. I gave my heart to Jesus at yo...

The Call

Rosalie Taney Patterson, NY USA
Dear Dr. Graham As I have watched you through the years after becoming a Christian at 26 years of age. I woul...

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...

Am Always With You

Amanda Ashline Granite Falls, NC USA
Whenever we loose someone we love an angel comes down from heaven and takes them in there arms and spreads ...

George Boynton Wilmington, NC USA
As a freshman in High School the Fall of 1956, I made a reel-to-reel tape recording off the air (my little rad...

My Journey began when I was 12.....

Susanna Santiago Chicago, IL USA
My name is Susanna Santiago. My story is this....I was 12 years old when I heard Billy Graham speak on Televis...

Dear Graham Family

Carrie Bumgarner Nebo, NC USA
Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for your loss. My family is devoted Baptist, and God fearing people. I...

Memories of Billy Graham

Cathy Keogler Parkland, FL
I first started to watch the Billy Graham crusades when I was in high school. I thought "someday, I am going t...

You paved my way

betty mccormack Lorain, OH USA
I was 11 years old my church went to the "Billy Graham Crusade" I was excited and had never been to the stadiu...

I see how God blesses you.

Claudia Goodrich Sweetwater, TX
Dear Rev. Graham, Of all the preachers who have ever been on television, you have my husband's and my respe...

Happy Memories

Annie Devito North Babylon, NY USA
My father, my friend and I packed a lunch and headed out to Flushing Meadows to hear Billy Graham. We had no i...

You Speak to our Church each Sunday

Sylvia Yarbro-Wherry El Dorado, AR USA
I was brought up in the church. My mother was a very prayerful woman who was a powerful influence and witness ...

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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