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Janet Willis Fayetteville, GA USA
I first was saved as a young teen. I had been raised in a home where my mom was abused, and sometimes us. (my ...

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 ...

Charlotte, Billy's on the TV

Charlotte Myers Liberty, SC USA
As a very young child. I would say around 5 years old, my maternal grandmother would come and stay with us for...
Rick Denton ,
Dear Billy and team: My condolences on the loss of Ruth, now at peace with the Savior. I first attended a ...

Thank you for your leadership

Peggy Henderson Houston, TX USA
Thank you, God for Billy Graham and his family, bright lights in this dark world. Words cannot express than...

My Journey began when I was 12.....

Susanna Santiago Chicago, IL USA
My name is Susanna Santiago. My story is this....I was 12 years old when I heard Billy Graham speak on Televis...

Destine To Preach one day'

Rev Mattie W Freeman Jacksonville, Fl United States
To God be all the Glory, Thank God far a man That Walks in the Statue Of the most high God. I am a black woman...

Giant Lawnmower

Rachel Raub Morro Bay, CA USA
One of the stories of my childhood is the giant lawnmower. We had a huge lawnmower, and a small lawn. The ne...


Ben bounds Hendersonville, TN USA
This is not a story but a sincere note of appreciation. My wife Linda and I have been in full-time ministry am...
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...

Billy Classics

Brunilda Sanchez Ft. Gordon, GA USA
Hello,I'm a mother of 2 boys 10&7. Also a military wife to a deployed soldier in Afganistan. I am currentl...

My Faith Journey

L. P New Brunswick, Canada
I just wanted to share that Mr Graham has been one of God's greatest instruments in my faith journey. I rememb...

Thru Your Workers

Dollie Canfield Guthrie, OK USA
During your Houston Crusade (aprox'63) after the message, my twin sister Barbara (Groom, at the time) & my...

Salvation *call*

Mabel Muhar Boca Raton, FL USA
My name is Mabel and my daughter's name is Raquel. In 1993 when Mr. Graham came to Pittsburgh through my churc...

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 ...


Frank Allen Ocean City, NJ usa
I'm just ten younger than you so my life has almost parallel yours. My first memory of you was when you spoke ...

God Sent

Michael Newsome United States
I have seen him on TV many times.  He sent a mesage so clear and plain. God has used him to reach and proclia...

Thank you

William Morris Fort Scott, KS USA
I am a disabled 44 year old who has been a Christian since 1996 when I went to a Promise Keepers rally in Kans...

Earline Spigner Orangeburg, SC USA
I want to thank Billy Graham for obeying the way God planned to use him to impact and touch my life along with...

Saved through Billy in 1963

Ruthann Piranio Canyon Lake, TX USA
Dear Billy, I thank God for you every day. You have been in my thought and prayers everyday for a very long...

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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