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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...
Lisa Dalton Sartell, MN USA
Thank you for being God's servant. God's good work in me became evident when I sang my first church solo for H...
Wade Mauck Lancaster, PA USA
Billy's crusades where a part of the confirming process for me as a new born again believer. When I hear his v...

From a Freight Dock

Karen Hood Fresno, CA USA
As a young woman, age 19 or 20, I worked at McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, California, as a clerk ty...

Hindhu GOD rejection

Tinu Patel Browns Mills, NJ USA
I am the worst of all sinners. I knew about jesus since 1992 and even accepted him back then. I didn't know th...
Tommy Olive San Angelo, TX USA
It was the summer of '63 and I was thirteen and home alone that night. I turned on the TV and a live crusade w...

Praise God!

Douglas w Soderdahl Honolulu, HI USA
On 19 Jan 1948, at the Roseland Temple Baptist church in Roseland (in south Chicago), you, Billy were guest sp...

From a Montreat Student

Polly Thombley Cumming, GA USA
I was a student at Montreat-Anderson College in the early 1980's. I have such fond memories of Billy Graham sh...

You Speak to our Church each Sunday

Sylvia Yarbro-Wherry El Dorado, AR USA
I was brought up in the church. My mother was a very prayerful woman who was a powerful influence and witness ...

The Man Who Would Wait

Doug Blair Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Billy's writings have often been pivotal in my development as a Christian. I racall such books as 'Holy Spirit...

Preacher to Filmmaker

Juan Zavaleta Chicago, IL USA
Ever since I was about five years old I wanted to be a filmmaker. After becoming a born-again believer at the ...

Do you want to take second best? *picture added*

Wendy Bryce Penticton, B.C. Canada
    I was about 10 or 13years old. The crusade was broadcast on television back in the late '5...

Saved and Sealed in Butler, PA

Susan Black Smith Raleigh, NC USA
I was raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area as an only child to two loving parents who were faithful with church a...

Mary Missouri Dade City, FL USA
I was raised up and blessed in a Christian home, and the youngest of 5 children. My siblings and I "had" to at...

Mine is a typical story, but my own.

Angela Ambrose Vienna, VA USA
My grandmother, who had given me my first Bible, recognized my interest in reading the Bible at an early age. ...

Nancy Worley ,
I watched Billy Graham for years. I was blessed to see him in person in Louisville Ky. a few years ago. I was ...


Saralene Britt Lumberton, NC USA
I just want to thank you Rev. Graham for your unquestionable faith and service to our Lord Jesus Christ. All g...

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...

I have dedicated my life to Christ

Charles Nolen Chipley, FL USA
Dearest Billy Graham, Everything seems like a fight right now! Life is pulling at me, life is pulling at...

William - Do Tell

Susan Miller (nee Crerar) Langley, British Columbia Canada
I can remember watching the Billy Graham Crusades on television as a young girl - but didn't really "grasp it ...

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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