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Karl Rhodes Aurora, CO USA
  I was raised in the Methodist church from when I was a preschooler. But I never really had any idea ...

Life's Added Blessings

Alice Driskell Otsego, MN USA
It was my honor to work with the BGEA located in Minneapolis MN -- from 1986 to 1991 ... most of the time ther...
Diana DiConti LaCrescenta, CA USA
I am a 46 yr old mother of a 12 yr old son, whom I have raised myself. Troy, my son, I call my angel, as I bec...
Vicki Hall Parkersburg, WV USA
I am writing to thank Rev. Graham for his life and commitment to the Gospel. My husband was saved in a crusade...

One of Rosalyn's

Rosalyn Thomas Conyers, GA USA
My first memory of Billy Graham is as a child of 6 or 7 when I attended the Cleveland, Ohio Crusade in 1972(?)...
Patricia Purden Springdale, AR USA
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, the family of Billy & Ruth Graham, I have been with The BGEA sinc...

Thank you for your example

Sharri Tiner ,
I was moved beyond my imagination with your love and tribute to your late wife. Thank you for your example of ...

Thank You

Shirley Curry Conroe, Texas USA
I live in Texas and I have never had the privilege to attend one of your crusades except by television. I just...


Diane Markham Davenport, IA USA
Psalm 27:10 When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me. Boy is this verse ...

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tommy caviness Clinton, OK USA

Kelly Bennet Rich Creek, VA USA
I can remember as a young child watching the crusades on TV... I always attended Church and our family was ver...

When I was a Kid

Veda Funk Nampa, ID
My father became a preacher in 1966; I was 7 years old. We moved from Nampa Idaho, where my dad had been going...

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Laurie Davis Urbandale, IA USA
I was in Augusta, Georgia in 1996 with my 3 year old daughter and I was at my wits end...I called in to the 80...


Shirley Hanes Alden, NY USA
I was flipping through the TV channels to see what was on. I heard you speaking and decided to listen. I was r...

Simply, Thank You!

Rev, Peggy Ducker Albrightsville, PA USA
Dear Rev. Graham, I simply want to give God Praise and thank you for allowing God to use you in such a trem...

Libby ,
Dr. Graham, As a little girl I would listen to every crusade and after each message I would ask Jesus to save...

A Seed was Planted

Sandra Slayton Lynchburg, VA
In 1961 at age thirteen I attended a movie theater screening of a Billy Graham crusade. I was so touched by th...

Gerald & Diane James Safety Harbor, Fl USA
I remember crusades in Dallas where my wife's sister and her husband came to Christ in the Cotton Bowl. Then t...

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...

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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