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Susan Keller Easton, PA USA
When I hear the name "Billy and Ruth Graham" I always think of Jesus Christ, when I hear his preaching I am al...
 

Walking The Aisle

Calvin Jones Ironton, MO USA
My family plays gospel music. My sisters wrote a song called, "The Road To Calvary" as a result of the many ti...
 

Billy Graham and My Life

Carol L Lancaster Louisiana
As a chile, I too, watched Billy Graham on TV in my mother's living room, and I have loved him ever since. He...
 

My Mother

Lorraine Van Rooyen Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Australia
I attended the Billy Graham Crusade..the first one in Sydney...as a counselor. I was also in the choir. I took...
 

God is Great!!

David Shipe Syracuse, NY USA
Between 5th and 6th grade, over 44 years ago, I listened to Billy Graham on television and sent away for Chris...
 

THE MAN OF GOD

George Kantartzis Katerini, Greece
My name is George Kantartzis. I am living in Katerini, a town close to Biblical city of Thessaloniki- GREECE. ...
 

"Buy that book"

Nancy Volosin Visalia, CA USA
God sure knows how to bring Christ into your heart. We know Sunday school can introduce you to Christ, but hav...
 

Messages of Spiritual Healing

Katherine Grover United States
When I was a little girl in rural Dent County, MO, my mother would always watch Billy Graham's crusades on TV,...
 
Sandi Niemeier Lawton, LO USA
I was probably 10 when I attended an outdoor revival featuring Billy Graham. I remember it like it was yesterd...
 

Fire in Your Eyes

MaryMargaret Lytle Houston, TX
In the mid 1960's when I was approximately 20, you came to the University of Houston. I wanted to see what all...
 

Giant Lawnmower

Rachel Raub Morro Bay, CA USA
One of the stories of my childhood is the giant lawnmower. We had a huge lawnmower, and a small lawn. The ne...
 

Restored at Last

Lawry Wootton Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
I was a gang leader at the age of 19yrs. I wanted so desperately to find God yet didnt know how to go about it...
 

From a Freight Dock

Karen Hood Fresno, CA USA
As a young woman, age 19 or 20, I worked at McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, California, as a clerk ty...
 

The Pulpit and the Plaque

Robert Vance Lebanon, IN USA
Until recently I was the pastor of the Van Orin Gospel Church in Van Orin, Illinois. Five years ago when I cam...
 

God used Television...

Phillip Willetts Truro, Cornwall UK
Thank you Billy... In the early 1950's there were very few families in England who owned a television set, ...
 

Third Generation

Miriam Maldonado Astoria, NY USA
Hi Billy, I never had a chance to thank you for your sacrifice. My father who was born in Puerto Rico and h...
 

Job well done my good & faithful servant!

Nancy Guillen Miami, FL USA
I am not sure of the exact year and age, however, I will never forget the night Billy Graham allowed the Lord ...
 

Blessed

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

Man of God

Valerie Oneil Oswego, NY USA
Thank you Billy Graham. I am a 59 yr old widow and i have a great faith. I am a Christian Catholic and your wo...
 

You Got Me

Carol Leonard Oxford, PA USA
Dear Mr Graham, My story is short and sweet. I watched you on your tv specials off and on. There was not a cr...
 

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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