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Operation Andrew

Thom Braun Jordan, ON Canada
I have had the privilege of attending and counseling at a number of Billy Graham crusades. Laden Ford came to ...

Harringay 1954

Rob Golding Auckland, New Zealand
I was first introduced to the Billy Graham crusades through my brothers who bought his early books about the L...


Rich Wadsworth , USA
I actually  not converted by Billy Graham's preaching. In fact, other than snippets of promotional pieces, I ...

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...


joe robertson ,
Well, I don't even know where to start. But I do know this, Billy Graham is a true man of God. He doesn't cond...
Eula ,
I was a little girl when Rev. Billy Graham began to broadcast his crusades on TV. My grandmother raised me and...

What an Awesome Example of Christ

cindy lamb dallas georgia
I grew up watching the crusades on tv. I may have been carried to one live in Fulton Co Stadium in Atlanta, bu...

Morning and Night

Melanie Jackson Carter, TN, United States
I read Billy Graham's devotional in the morning when I wake up and at night just before I go to bed. I'm on a ...
Tommy Olive San Angelo, TX USA
It was the summer of '63 and I was thirteen and home alone that night. I turned on the TV and a live crusade w...

The Words Which Saved My Life

Roxanne Wood Missouri
As a young girl I was amid the runaway/throway children back home in Florida living on Ft.Lauderdale beach. I ...


Rev. Michael J. Hahn Clifton, NJ USA

Dear Mr. Graham....

LInda Eddy Thompsons Station, TN USA
My mom told me this story one day. When I was a little girl, old enough to write, I did something very unusual...

We Love Billy

Anne Sheridan Canada
Dear Billy: You have been a household name since I was a are so loved by all... thank you for ...

World Leader

Charlene Hawkins ,
My name is Charlene Hawkins and I have seen some of your televised crusades. My daughter Kerri was in the 6th ...

Thank You Billy

Ginette Arseneault Moncton, NB, Canada
Mr Graham, you are truly an Apostle of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. I believed in GOD before I knew you, when I was ...

Maria Jernigan Yorktown, VA USA
Dear Billy, I have read so many of your wonderfully God-inspired books and always enjoyed them. I always felt ...

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...

Marie Dickens Lake Forest, CA USA
Dear Billy Graham, I have fond love for you through our Lord Jesus Christ. In 1972, just a newlywed, I was wa...

Nancy Yuen Redlands, CA USA
WOW! Ever since I've been alive on this earth, which appears to be about 64 years now counting my 9 months in ...

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...

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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