Billy Graham Biography
Billy Graham born William Franklin Graham Jr., is an American evangelical Christian evangelist. He was born on November 7, 1918 as the eldest of four children born to Morrow and William Franklin Graham Sr.
He was reared on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C. Growing up during the Depression, he learned the value of hard work on the family farm, but he also found time to spend many hours in the hayloft reading books on a wide variety of subjects.
In the fall of 1934, at age 15, Mr. Graham made a personal commitment to Christ through the ministry of Mordecai Ham, a traveling evangelist, who visited Charlotte for a series of revival meetings.
Ordained in 1939 by Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Fla. (a church in the Southern Baptist Convention), Mr. Graham received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida). In 1943 he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and married fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a missionary surgeon, who spent the first 17 years of her life in China.
After graduating from college, Mr. Graham pastored The Village Church of Western Springs (now Western Springs Baptist Church) in Western Springs, Ill., before joining Youth for Christ, an organization founded for ministry to youth and servicemen during World War II. He preached throughout the United States and in Europe in the immediate post war era, emerging as a rising young evangelist.
The Los Angeles Crusade in 1949 launched Mr. Graham into international prominence. Scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks, with overflow crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night.
Many of his subsequent early Crusades were similarly extended, including one in London that lasted 12 weeks, and a New York City Crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957 that ran nightly for 16 weeks.
Today, Mr. Graham and his ministry are known around the globe. He has preached in remote African villages and in the heart of New York City, and those to whom he has ministered have ranged from heads of state to the simple living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of Africa and the Middle East. Beginning in 1977, Mr. Graham was given the opportunity to conduct preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern bloc, including the former Soviet Union.
In 2013, Mr. Graham had the vision for proclaiming the Gospel across the United States and Canada, prompting the implementation of My Hope with Billy Graham, a grassroots evangelism outreach combining personal relationships with the power of modern media. Based upon a pioneering outreach that had already resulted in millions of decisions for Christ around the world since 2002, churches and individual Christians across the two countries were encouraged and equipped to pray and reach out to friends, family and neighbors using a powerful new film from BGEA. Approaching 95 years of age, Mr. Graham recorded a new video message, called “The Cross,” for the project, which was made available for use in homes and churches as a tool for sharing the Gospel.
Billy Graham Age
He was born on November 7, 1918.
Billy Graham Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
Billy Graham Grandchildren
The following is a list of 19 Billy Graham Grandchildren;
- Graham-Pierce Dienert
- Alex Graham
- Will Graham
- Jonathan Lotz
- Basyle Tchividjian
- Stephan-Nelson Tchividjian
- Jerushah Armfield
- Berdjette Barker
- Noelle Davis
- Windsor Dienert
- Edward Graham
- Jane Austin “Cissie” Graham
- Roy Graham
- Samuel Graham
- Morrow Reitweir
- Antony Tchividjian
- Aram Tchividjian
- Tullian Tchividjian
- Rachel-Ruth Wright
Billy Graham Books
Graham has written the following books;
- Calling Youth to Christ
- America’s Hour of Decision
- I Saw Your Sons at War
- Peace with God
- Freedom from the Seven Deadly Sins
- The Secret of Happiness
- Billy Graham Talks to Teenagers
- My Answer
- Billy Graham Answers Your Questions
- World Aflame
- The Challenge
- The Jesus Generation
- Angels: God’s Secret Agents
- How to Be Born Again
- The Holy Spirit
- Evangelist to the World
- Till Armageddon
- Approaching Hoofbeats
- A Biblical Standard for Evangelists
- Unto the Hills
- Facing Death and the Life After
- Answers to Life’s Problems
- Hope for the Troubled Heart
- Storm Warning
- Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham
- Hope for Each Day
- The Key to Personal Peace
- Living in God’s Love: The New York Crusade
- The Journey: How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World
- Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
- The Heaven Answer Book
- The Reason for My Hope: Salvation
- Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond the Now