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The Rock Cried Out

Valerie Moore Muskogee, Oklahoma United States
As so many people have, I grew up with Billy Graham. I cannot remember a time when he wasn't on TV, preaching ...

Why Billy Graham is my Hero

Margie Sanders Mpls, MN
I have watched you since I was a little girl with my grandma and then parents and now husband. You are the mos...

Thank You Billy Gram-ham!

Kathy Brannon Homosassa, FL USA
Thank you, Billy Gram-ham! Our youngest daughter was only 6 in 1976...but she knew who you were. Just learn...

Am Always With You

Amanda Ashline Granite Falls, NC USA
Whenever we loose someone we love an angel comes down from heaven and takes them in there arms and spreads ...
Sharron Howdyshell Grafton, WV USA
Mr. Graham has been a part of my life for over 50 years. As a child we would turn in to listen to him preach t...


Walter Durst Greenville, SC USA
My father, John Durst, was an educational pioneer in the Southern Baptist Convention. We spent many summers at...

'God Hates Sin'

John Burdick Oklahoma City, OK USA
Dear Billy Graham and friends, Billy, there is just something about the way you say what you say. There is ...

I'm a Preacher Now

Steve Morningstar Vernon Hill, VA USA
Some of my earliest memories growing up in the church were times I'd sneak up stairs to the sanctuary when no ...
Ada Vorpagel Holly Ridge, NC USA
I met Billy Graham when I was a teen-ager when he was just starting his Crusades. He came to Pittsburgh, PA. M...
Gary Wildt ,
Thank You Billy for all the years you have spoke to me through the Word of God and for always remaining the sa...

A simple truth

Tara Flynn Bronx, NY USA
I was 17 and I was invited by a group of Christian friends to the Billy Graham Crusade held at the Pepsi Arena...

How I Met Billy

vernon chism ,
in 1972 when billy graham held his cruesade here in lexington my dad took me back stage after it was over bill...

My Oldest Son - A gift of Life

Peggy Freeman Canton, GA USA
I think the greatest gift a child can ever give their mom is the gift of life that they received from our Lord...

Twice Blessed

Linda Wales Mt. Vernon, WA USA
Billy Graham came to our town when I was s young girl. I went forward at the crusade, which was held at the Ra...

Ronald Mason Hartfield City, ID USA
Dear Billy: Everything good in my life as been because Jesus has truly watched over me and blessed me in many ...

Deann Owen Lewis Crescent, OK USA
My grandfather (Big Daddy) died in 1963, leaving a grieving lost widow. Big Mama didn't drive, had never writt...

Lisa Guzman ,
I just want to say thank you with all my heart. I thank God for your submission even though you were not there...

Billy Graham Crusade 1978

Mike Fornicoia Apple Valley, MN USA
I have been a follower of Billy Graham's for over 30 years and had the opportunity to serve at one of the Crus...

Impact for Generations!

Joseph Ajibade ILORIN, KWARA STATE, Nigeria

Susan Mettert Westland, MI USA
It was a long time ago when I was a young girl and I went to a crusade at the chapel of Burben Street. Billy G...

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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