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Crump Stadium

JoAnn Austill Nesbit, MS USA
Billy, I was only 16 yrs old and my friend and her mother & I were attending your crusade, the same sta...
Gary Wildt ,
Thank You Billy for all the years you have spoke to me through the Word of God and for always remaining the sa...

1st Seeds

Sonja Heffner Marysville, Oh USA
I attended a Crusade with three other High School friends. At the alter call I really wanted to go forward but...

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...

Grahams in Black Mountain

Ruth (Frady) Hampton Cleveland, TN USA
My name is Ruth (Frady) Hampton. I was born and raised in Black Mountain, NC. I was in the same grade as Bunny...

Mama made me, now nothing stops me!

Ed Eaton Selma, AL USA
I do not remember the exact year. I am now 57 years olds but think it was probably in the late fifties or earl...

Being Saved

Murray Sadler ,
I was saved as a teenager by watching one of Billy Graham's Crusades. Thank you, Billy. I will see ...

From Blanket to Blessings

Jerry Garrard Atlantic Beach, FL
When I was 2 years old my mother and father took me to A Billy Graham Crusade in Augusta, Ga. I don't remember...

how i met billy graham

vernon chism lexington, kentucky usa
after the creusade was over i was an usher my late dad a head usher ,took me back atage while we were walking....
Jana Spring McCall , NJ USA
I am one of seven children. We were raised Catholic but my mother brought all of us to the local stadium in Ar...

A Godly Servant

Stormy Mills Houston, TX USA
Billy Graham has been an inspiration to me for my entire Christian life, over 55 years. Whenever a crusade was...

Sheila Linder Prairieville, LA USA
I grew up a good "Catholic" girl in an all Catholic community, did all the things I was supposed to do, but wa...

May God use us all

Paul Alexander , USA
My story might be a little different than most. I am ethnically an Indian man and most would say on the surfac...

Your steadfast life encouraged me.

Bob Babcock Baldwin, NY USA
Thank you Billy! Over the years I have seen your integrity, accountability, moral purity, humble heart and spi...

Fought a good fight

Mary Petoskey, MI, United States
I am now 71. I heard Mr. Graham speak many years ago in Pontiac, MI. The crowd was quiet in their respect to M...

Linda Vassar Ontario, Canada Canada
  I have been a lifelong supporter of yours. I grew up in a Christian home, but when I became a teenag...

In the Beginning

Ronald Helwig York Penna
When your Grand Father began his ministry, He was a guest Preacher at the York Gospel Center which at that tim...

The Day I Met Billy Graham

Ray Fowler Feeding Hills, MA USA
It was 1987, and I was in my first year serving as youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, in Burbank CA. This...

We Met the Lord in 1959

Marion and Peter Huggett Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Dear Billy, Thank you for coming to Melbourne Australia in 1959. That was the start of both me and my husba...

Thank You

Laurie Davis Urbandale, IA USA
I was in Augusta, Georgia in 1996 with my 3 year old daughter and I was at my wits end...I called in to the 80...

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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