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Joyce Frost Houston, TE USA
Dear Graham Family, I grew up in Liberty Co., TX and was the eldest of four children. However, I was very s...
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 ...

A Rainy Night in Pittsburgh

Mark Boyce Butler, PA USA
I was 11 years old when I joined my family in a trip to Pittsburgh with a group from our church. It was very r...

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 ...

First step on the journey

Marissa Burt Seattle, WA
Dear Billy, When I was four - maybe five - years old, I went to see a movie. I don't remember what it was o...

Grateful to "Daddy Bill" & the Graham Family

Joy Colorado
Fortunately I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, so learned early what it meant to walk with the Lord...

Thank You, Lord Jesus

William de Plata Pawling, NY USA
In the Spring of 1957 I was a mixed-up, self-destructive college dropout with a severe stuttering problem (and...

The Three Bills

Doty Wagner North East, PA USA
In 1957, I went to NYC with my mother, my brother, and my grandmother. My grandmother was having a cancer oper...

Lowell Ford Beverly Hills, CA USA
Billy Graham has always been a part of my life since I can remember. I know my Mother took us (six children) t...

Saved and Sealed in Butler, PA

Susan Black Smith Raleigh, NC USA
I was raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area as an only child to two loving parents who were faithful with church a...

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...

Staff Devotions

Derek Turner , NC USA
My respect for Billy Graham has always been high. But that respect grew tremendously after my interaction with...

Michael Shishido Honolulu, HI USA
Dear Mr. Graham, I used to work for you, though you probably didn't know it. In June of 1998 I became Progr...

Was Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Now Everything!

Helen MacDonald Rupert, ID USA
TOTAL fear swatted me completely. In a second's time. Fear of everything entered me. Age 22. Alone, at home...

Belfast, N. Ireland

Stan Sloan Hayward, CA
I have pictures of Dr.Graham when he was in Belfast,1946 I think it was, and him talking to my old Pastor Toch...

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 ...

Chris Ruhl Weatherford, OK USA
When I was 15 a friend gave me a box of books that I promptly put away in the top of my closet. A few years la...

Thank You

John Bergsing ,
Rather than posting a long story I just want to thank you, Billy, for your uncompromising devotion to the L...

My History Essay

Rebekah White , Australia
Hi Mr. Graham, During my senior year in school we were given an  assignment called  'A Study of Powerful ...

Judy Foster Ooltewah, TN USA
I've been impacted by Billy Graham for as long as I can remember. (I'm 57 now.) I've always had a wonderful ad...

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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