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Dolores Beresford Grass Valley, CA USA
I was a 24yr old woman living in Lake Tahoe Calif. I worked with several people, but most notably were two men...
Joe Fine Dumfries, VA USA
I have been profoundly affected by the movies that the BGEA has produced. I can't say how many times I have vi...

A Child Saved

Nancy McDonald Baton Rouge, LA, United States
As a child I was physically and emotionally abused. I was never told I was loved and was always told I had no ...

Saved through Billy in 1963

Ruthann Piranio Canyon Lake, TX USA
Dear Billy, I thank God for you every day. You have been in my thought and prayers everyday for a very long...
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...

Herb's Amazing Transformation

Ron Wipf Minneapolis, MN USA
In 1965 on a cold winter Sunday night, my uncle Herb was watching one of your crusades on TV. His wife had gon...

When We Were Little

Kathy Skalbeck Los Lunas, NM USA
When we were little, my mom used to make my sister and I take a bath on Saturday nights so that we would be ni...

My Future Husband

pamela bjorkman Vero Beach, FL USA
In the 1960's my family attended the Billy Graham Crusade at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It was one of ...

Crump Stadium

JoAnn Austill Nesbit, MS USA
Billy, I was only 16 yrs old and my friend and her mother & I were attending your crusade, the same sta...

Unforgetable day in Romania

Tina Patan Portland, OR USA
It was about 27 yers ago when Mr.Graham visited Romania. For a communist country at that time it was out of th...

I credit you....

Elsine Ross Scottsdale, AZ USA
My father took our family to a crusade when I was a young girl at the fair grounds in Waterloo, Iowa. I only ...

In The Eyes of A Child

Victoria Cole Jacksonville, FL USA
As I set on the floor in our family room, I listened quitely watching T.V. as the Rev. Billy Graham preached t...


W John Lewis Castalia, NC USA
It was right after World War 2 when Billy came to England for a crusade. My Dad and Mom heard about the crusad...

Eternally Thankful

Debi Parker/Tchividjian Coral Springs, FL USA
I was saved by grace and child like faith when I was 10 yrs was at church camp. I never really unde...

You Saved My Marriage

T F Stillwater, OK United States
I am telling this story for my mother. My mom and dad were going thru a difficult time. My dad had been unfait...

As a Child!

Brenda Thompson Detroit, MI USA
As a child, I lived around all kind of people, good & bad. The good people showed me love and gave me thin...

Ronald J Lorenzo Jr Howell, NJ USA
As far back as I can remember, Reverend Graham has always been there. Whenever I'd turn on the television, the...

Faith and Trust

Lyn nelson Tucson, AZ USA
I grew up in Logan Square, inner city of Chicago. I was about 8 years old when I came to know my Lord. I th...

Elaine Dalton Hurt, VA USA
Dear Billy & Ruth Graham, Thank you for being America's messengers for God! Thank you for the admirable r...

The Night God Came Into My Heart

Meg Griffin Simpsonville, KY USA
My name is Meg Griffin. My husband and I live near Louisville,Ky where he is an equine veterinarian. We have t...

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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