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Terric Bedford Shreveport, LA USA
I grew up listening to Mr. Graham on TV.As a little girl I would be glued to the TV everytime he came on. Have...

Thankful for Peace with God

Don Burns Phoenix, Arizona
My grandmother was a wonderful Christian woman who died when I was 7 years old. I went to church off and on wh...

Happy Birthday and Thank-You, Brother Graham!!!

Jacki Thrower Spokane, WA
Dearest Brother Graham, I was "introduced" to your ministry by my Grandmother (via the television) when I w...
jeremy leopold , usa
I had been a career criminal for about 2/3 of my 29 years. A drug addict, thief, and drug dealer for almost 18...

Took my Mother-in-Law to the Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ann Strickland Philadelphia, PA USA
It was a great pleasure to go to the Billy Graham when he was in Philadelphia @ Kennedy Stadium. My Mother-in-...

My Poem for you..'Just As I Am'

Eva Duncan Ripley, MS USA
I have listened to your crusades for years via Televison. I write spiritual poems and childrens stories plus a...

I had hell scared right out of me!

Shirley Kathryn Kingsland, TX USA
I was a church-goer all of my life! I was born on a "baptist blanket!" More than that, I have loved Jesus as f...

Good times

Bud Shepherd Va
You, Mr. Billy, have been around for many moons, and since I was a child I have always watched your programs o...

one more in heaven

Mary G. , USA
Like so many others, Jesus Christ reached into my heart through Billy's faithful proclamation of the Gospel...

Walking with my grandfather through the shadow of death

Melissa Doyle-Waid Marmora, NJ usa
In June 2006 my grandmother went to be with the Lord after being diagnosed with melanoma with bone mets. She s...

Sheila Linder Prairieville, LA USA
I grew up a good "Catholic" girl in an all Catholic community, did all the things I was supposed to do, but wa...

Praying Large: The Prayers of Righteous Men

Robert Pardon Massachusetts, United States
I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the presidency of Dr. Harold Ockenga. Dr. Graham w...

Reached thru one of Dr. Graham's books

Elizabeth Wren Sandy Springs, GA USA
Dearest Dr. Billy Graham,   While reading your book, WORLD AFLAME, I received the Lord Jesus Christ...

Eunice Rivera-Miranda Greenville, SC USA
Though I have benefited from Billy Graham's books and television broadcasts, I have been ministered most throu...

Billy Graham - A Man After God's Own Heart

Shannon Montague Austin, TX USA
I have been blessed through the years as I've watched the Billy Graham crusades, and count it a privilege to h...

Vicki Bowman ,
Most honorable servants of God, Rev. Graham and Ruth: My grandmother used to make my brother and I watch your ...

"What about me"

Mary James Riverdale, GA USA
My sons and I were watching Billy Graham on television when we were in Washington D.C. At the end when Billy G...

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...

You Got Me

Carol Leonard Oxford, PA USA
Dear Mr Graham, My story is short and sweet. I watched you on your tv specials off and on. There was not a cr...

Indonesian Witness...

Mangapul Sagala Jakarta, Indonesia
Dear Billy Graham. I am Rev. Mangapul Sagala, from Jakarta, Indonesia. I would like to saya to you that I am ...

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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