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Rosalinda Castro , Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
I have been listening to Billy Graham for many years, I am very thankful to Billy for opening his heart to bri...
Sandi Niemeier Lawton, LO USA
I was probably 10 when I attended an outdoor revival featuring Billy Graham. I remember it like it was yesterd...
Lou Ann Chapuis Huntley, IL USA
My story is really my mom's story. My mom would often tune it to the crusades Billy held on TV and the Holy Sp...


Diana Richardson Clarksville, TN USA
Mr. Graham, how can one just say thank-you to you? Your acceptance of your calling, your gift from our Lord of...
Frank Dearing Fort Worth, TX USA

Remembering Mom & Billy Graham

Julie Van Inwagen Hazen, ND
I remember back when I was just a kid, back when you only got 2 or 3 TV channels (black & white) and how o...
Bill Meyers Concord, NH USA
I got saved from a very turbulent lifestyle. In 1968, my father died in a hail of bullets as he was attempting...

Was Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Now Everything!

Helen MacDonald Rupert, ID USA
TOTAL fear swatted me completely. In a second's time. Fear of everything entered me. Age 22. Alone, at home...


Marilyn Destefano George Industria, Western Province South Africa
Dr. Billy Graham, thank you for coming to Pittsburgh, PA in 1968. My eldest son, then 10 years old received Je...
Larry G Shelton , USA
I gave my life to Jesus at a Billy Graham Crusade when I was 10. As a Senior Pastor for the last 24 years I ha...

My Sonya

Cheryl Lambert Roseboro, NC USA
It was September 21, 1980, a day much like today here in North Carolina, when I heard a loud knock on my back ...

The God-Shaped Void

Robert Martin Valdosta, GA USA
Billy Graham, borrowing from St. Augustine, frequently refers to a "God-shaped void" in the human heart. For a...

Marty Carpenter San Antonio, TX USA
My Mother was in a wheel chair the last 7 years of her life due to arthritis of the spine. She was in Lubbock ...

Deann Lewis ,
I am pleased to share my personal insight into the Graham legacy. My grandfather (Big Daddy) died in 1963, lea...

The Fruit of Faithfulness

Meridee Hillman St. Cloud, MN USA
I asked Jesus into my heart while watching Billy with my mom. Well, the truth is that I really didn't want to ...

Call Center Worker

Theresa Jones Erwin, TN USA
I was able to work in a Call Center for the Billy Graham Television Ministry. That experience was truly a Bles...

Billy Graham!! What a servant of God

Johnny Little Coral Springs, FL USA
Here is a man who has been listed by LIFE as one of hundred most respected person in history, here is a man wh...

I Owe to I Own

Lori Wilson , USA
Crusades bless thousands in each city. My blessing is of a more personal nature. I was working at a small Chri...

Blessed to be a Part of Dallas & San Antonio Crusades

Cathy Garton Tyler, TX
When I was a small child, my mother would gather her children around the radio or TV and listen to Billy Graha...

Jo-Nyla Hockaday ,
WOW!! There is so much I could say about Reverend Billy Graham. I grew up watching the Billy Graham Crusades u...

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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