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My Spiritual Journey

Ron Dafler West Alexandria, OH
Thank you, Dr. Graham, for faithfully preaching God's truth for decades. I watched you on TV growing up. My pa...
Becky Block North Bend, WA USA
It is with pleasure that I share my story. When I was five-years-old, in 1961-62, I attended a Billy Graham cr...

God Called me by Radio...

Dave Shifflett Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada
My story of how Billy Graham's ministry impacted my life is simple. I came to the Lord during 1967, at the age...

My Father

Sandy Ellison Greenville, SC
Since I was a little girl my Daddy always placed a high respect for Billy Graham. He took me to one of his rev...

God's Faithful Pursuit of Me..using Billy Graham

Candace Harris Mechanicsburg, PA USA
I was raised in a Christian home. In fact, I am the the fourth generation of reborn Christians. However, somet...

At the Top of the Stairs

Paatricia Fasulo Syracuse, NY USA
When I was a teenager, around the year 1971, my parents were watching a Billy Graham Crusade on TV. As I walke...

Just As I Am

Karen Peckham NB, Canada
I was a young 10 year old when I went forward at a Leighton Ford crusade. After that I sung in crusade choirs ...

My Husband's Conversion


Highlight of Dad's Capitol Hill Career

Frank Shelton Waldorf, MD
My father, Franklin C Shelton, Sr retired in 1995 from the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, DC. He was actin...

Bill Graham's Media Outreach Helped Lead Me to Christ

Anthony Rufo Wheaton, IL USA
I was brought up in a Catholic family in the Midwest; my parents were good people and practiced their faith se...

L Gefre ,
Thank you for your spiritual uplifting messages, and the reminder that God is always ready for us to ask Him i...

Bob Shapeland ,
I gained a great respect for Rev. Graham during a conference our church put on at his Asheville, NC facility "...


Sonja Letizia , NY USA
Unfortunately, I was too young to know anything about Billy Graham when he was doing his crusades. It wasn't u...

growing up

Eula V Graham Oakland, California United States
My name is Eula Graham I am from Oakland, California, I am not the Eula Graham that has sumitted a story befor...


Maria Parker Orlando, Fl USA
BLOCKED IN THE CLOSET At the age of 2 years old my parents divorced and in 1962 the father NEVER got custody ...

My Grandfather

Mike Weaver Rincon, GA USA
My grandfather to me was a great man and thanks to he and my grandmother, provided the rudder with which I run...

Collette Eisen Batavia, OH USA
Dearest Billy, I want to let you know how much your stadium appearance touched my life and the life of my c...

My Grandma's Wisdom

Herb Hook Hilton Head Island, SC USA
Dear Billy, When I was a young man and visiting my grandmother in Kansas City she took me to your crusade t...

Good and Faithful Servant

Deborah Griffith Lexington, KY USA
As an 8 year-old girl, I remember walking the sidewalk to the Indianapolis 1959 Billy Graham Crusade through t...

God's Reminder and Blessing

Debbbie Linn Norman, OK USA
I was a volunteer at this crusade. I don't remember what my official title was. I guess that I was an escort...

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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