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Judy Dancy Oklahoma City, OK USA
It was a hot summer's evening in 1956 at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds. My older sister and I, visiting our Ok...
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...

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 ...

I once was lost, but now I see...

Allison Havemann Colwyn, PA USA
I battled depression all my life. I had parents that told me I was a loser and useless despite my almost perfe...

My Billy Graham Story

Bob Dion Deland, FL USA
While  living in South Florida we attended a Billy Graham crusade in the 80's in Fort Lauderdale. I wanted to...

Thank you, Billy for the introduction

Kenneth Dreyer Emporia, KS, United States
Thank you, Billy for introducing the Bible and it's stories that include hope for salvation for even a sinner ...

Growing up with a Godly mother

Trish Mitchell Webster, NY USA
I want to thank you for your many years of service to the Lord and your faithfulness in teaching others. I gre...

Once Upon A Time

Ana Brugueras Freshe Meadows, NY USA
Once upon a time there live a lady by the name of Ana Ortiz. Ana lived in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan, New York ...


Phil Heins Eglin AFB, FL USA
From an early age my mother told me of a wonderful man. He preached the gospel the way no ordinary person coul...

Stirring Voice of God

Lawrence Goebel Norton Ave, Chino, CA
I was raised Catholic, and I questioned in my life if there was more to knowing God than what I knew as a teen...

Your Faithfulness

Bruce McMillan Everett, WA USA
I want to thank you Mr. Graham for your faithfulness to God. You have given me the inspiration and I want to t...

I remember

Sandra Cash Oak Island, Brunswick Canada
I can remember when I was a little girl and we would sit around the radio and listen to Billy Graham preach. W...

Jeanne Mellott Baker City, OR USA
  Back in 1991 or '92, your ministry caME to Portland, Oregon. My mother-in-law had been praying a ver...


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

Thank you, Billy Graham

Nancy Summers Orange City, FL
A Crusade was held in Miami Beach, FL., back in the late 60's or early 70's. My family belonged to the Miami S...

Dr. Tony Gibson ,
I came to faith in Jesus Christ at the Billy Graham New York City Crusade in 1957. I was singing in the choir ...


Carol Washington Denver, Colorado USA
I want to start out thanking your wife Ruth for allowing you to travel all over and to minister to the worl...

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...

Too Young?

Karen Price , MT USA
When you came to Boise, Idaho, years ago, I attended with a friend and my 2-1/2 year-old daughter. While waiti...

Thanks Indirectly

Denise Hamilton , USA
Hi, I am not a direct result of one of your crusades, although I watched them on TV as a child with my granmo...

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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