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Michael Shishido Honolulu, HI USA
Dear Mr. Graham, I used to work for you, though you probably didn't know it. In June of 1998 I became Progr...

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...


Marvin Rethmel Cohocton, NY USA
I remember this was held at the Defiance high school football field. The place was packed with pe...

He spoke as one who had authority

Victor Vieth Lewiston, MN USA
Throughout my life, it was the voice that got me. No matter where I have found myself, if that voice is on the...

Kids sure are smart!

Lydia Warner Lyons, IN USA
My father, mother, brother and I were watching the 1982 Billy Graham Crusade on TV. At the end of the program,...

Just as we were

Jan Atkinson Danville, IN USA
My husband and son attended one of Dr. Billy's crusades at a university stadium in Houston (don't remember the...

Thank You!

Kimberly Hayes Murfreesboro, TN USA
I have never met you. But I feel as though I HAVE to write to you. I am writing to thank you Reverend Graham. ...
Everett Leseberg ,
It is hard to believe the impact the Billy Graham Family has had on our lives over the years. In addition to ...

My Father

Sandy Ellison Greenville, SC
Since I was a little girl my Daddy always placed a high respect for Billy Graham. He took me to one of his rev...

The Greatest Modern Servant for the Lord

Cleveland, Ohio
Rev. Graham, I had the privilege to attend a crusade at the old municipal stadium and it was an unforgettable ...

Why Billy Graham is my Hero

Margie Sanders Mpls, MN
I have watched you since I was a little girl with my grandma and then parents and now husband. You are the mos...

Lowell Ford Beverly Hills, CA USA
Billy Graham has always been a part of my life since I can remember. I know my Mother took us (six children) t...

My Husband's Conversion


A Rainy Night in Pittsburgh

Mark Boyce Butler, PA USA
I was 11 years old when I joined my family in a trip to Pittsburgh with a group from our church. It was very r...

Lacy DeBerry Winston-Salem, NC USA
Dr. Graham, Thank you so much for being a faithful servant of God to the world! Many lives have been changed ...

Set Free

Melody Hook USA
First, I'd like to thank you for your love of the Lord Jesus. Because of you, I have come back home for good....

Just As I AM

Patricia Van Kooten Toronto, ON, Canada
Just as I am, Thank you Billy Graham for your faithfulness! Will always and forever Thank the Lord for your mi...

Judy Foster Ooltewah, TN USA
I've been impacted by Billy Graham for as long as I can remember. (I'm 57 now.) I've always had a wonderful ad...

Billy Graham - A Man After God's Own Heart

Shannon Montague Austin, TX USA
I have been blessed through the years as I've watched the Billy Graham crusades, and count it a privilege to h...

I Met Billy Graham

Mary Sotelo Oro Valley, AZ USA
I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to meet Reverend Billy Graham in person. I had just completed n...

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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