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Dora Stacey Versailles, KY USA
I watch Billy on TV ever time i found out he was going to be on it. and one night god told me there is a man n...
Marlene Orr West Jordan, UT USA
I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1966 at the age of 28. It was the most important decision...
Betty Springer Seattle, WA USA
She Didn't Show Up, but God Did I was thrilled as I entered Arco Arena to hear Billy Graham speak. Thrilled...

God Bless Billy Graham

Zachary Uram Pittsburgh, PA USA
Thank You, Dr.Graham for your life of evangelization and being faithful to Christ's command to spread the Good...
Nye Allen Matthews, MA USA
My Dad, Walter Allen, of Rock Hill, SC had a neat opportunity as a counselor at one of Billy Graham's Crusades...

Every Time

Karen Oliver Richmond, VA USA
Everytime that Billy Graham had a crusade on TV, I felt compelled to view it. I knew that I would hear the pur...

God is Good so Good

Angela Lane Syracuse, NY USA
Hello my name is Angela Lane and I am 32 years old. I went to the Billy Graham Crusade at the Carrier Dome at ...

Jesus as My Lord

Katherine Hines Mbale, Budaka Uganda
I first came to Christ when I was 15 years of age through reading the Bible and listening to Christian program...

Touched my Life

Alban David Wall Wickenburg, AZ
Billy Graham has always been a powerful inspiration in my life. He has preached the gospel to more people than...

A Seed of Faith

Brenda Thompson Warren, MI USA
I wanted to tell my story, because at the age of 8 years old Pastor Graham planted the first real seed of fait...

Thank You

Carol Lancaster Marrero, LA
Happy Birthday to such a wonderful man! If not for you, so many of us would not have found God and learned of ...

Scott Hohne Mount Vernon, WA USA
I was first introduced to Billy Graham when I was living in public housing under the worst conditions. We had ...

William Turk Crown Point, IN USA
Back in Jackson, MS in 1952 when I was 12 years old, I watched my father join others and Billy in removing the...

My Hope America

Adam Morgan Dallas, TX
I write this on November 6th, a day before our country sees what will be a "historical marker" for years and y...

The First Real Preacher I Ever Knew

Belinda Craft Decatur, GA USA
Dear Billy Graham, You were the first real preacher I ever saw on television. I say this because I listened to...

My Sonya

Cheryl Lambert Roseboro, NC USA
It was September 21, 1980, a day much like today here in North Carolina, when I heard a loud knock on my back ...

Blessed to be a Part of Dallas & San Antonio Crusades

Cathy Garton Tyler, TX
When I was a small child, my mother would gather her children around the radio or TV and listen to Billy Graha...

Wade Mauck Lancaster, PA USA
Billy's crusades where a part of the confirming process for me as a new born again believer. When I hear his v...

One of my fondest childhood memories...

Linda Knight Lakeland, TN USA
One of my fondest childhood memories was when all of the family would stop and gather around the T.V. set (it ...

Saved..back slidden..Surrendered

Elaine Szalay Fountain Hills, AZ USA
When I was in my late teens or early 20's my family started watching Billy on his TV crusades. How vibrant he ...

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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