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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...

Happy Birthday and Thank-You, Brother Graham!!!

Jacki Thrower Spokane, WA
Dearest Brother Graham, I was "introduced" to your ministry by my Grandmother (via the television) when I w...

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...

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...

My Grandmother's in Heaven Because of Billy

Peggy Gillis Lake Placid, FL USA
You know the Lord puts a desire in your heart and then brings it forward to glorify God. A month ago my grandm...

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...

Wilkinson Family's Experience

Sandra Preuss Mississippi
My grandparents went to a Billy Graham Crusade in the early 1950's and were very impressed that he said "Jacks...

A Sick Little Girl

Sandra Gorin Glasgow, KY USA
I was 10 years old. My dear grandmother died the year before and my Mom was still terribly sad. She started li...

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...


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...

A Whole New Life

Dillon Linebarrier Asheboro, North Carolina
I had grown up knowing of God and Jesus and had always "tried my best" to do what I thought was right. But as ...

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...

New Faith in Christ

Peter De Graff , CA USA
My wife and I are thankful for the ministry of Billy Graham because we both came to trust Christ as our Savior...

The best friend I never met

Martin Gibeau arvada, CO USA
It's hard to put into words what Billy means to me. He's my hero. I so look forward to meeting him and telling...

Ed LaRossa ,
I was into drugs and was very lost as a teenager around 1971 and the only preacher I heard of was Billy Graham...

Grandmas Story

Tom Dale Oakdale, MN USA
My grandmother passed away in 1985 and she was a devout Lutheran. When Billy Graham was on the televison set a...

Ten Years Old in 1962...the Beginning of a Journey

Lisa LaRue Dallas, TX USA
I was only about nine or ten years old when I was sitting in front of our television set one afternoon in 1962...

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 ...

Mom: The Bottle!

Robert Snyder North Syracuse, NY USA
My Mother, who passed on to her reward in Heaven last year, accompanied Me to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in ...

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...

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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