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Billy Graham is an American Baptist evangelist, known for preaching the message of Christianity around the world

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BirthdayNovember 7, 1918
NationalityAmerican
FamousEvangelist, Humanitarian, Illuminati Members, Philanthropists, Writers, Miscellaneous, Preachers, Pastors, ESTJ
City/StateNorth Carolina
SpousesRuth Graham
SiblingsKatherine
Known asWilliam Franklin Graham
Childrens Ruth Graham
Universities
  • Bob Jones University
  • Trinity College
  • Wheaton College
Birth PlaceCharlotte, North Carolina
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Height187cm
GenderMale
FatherMorrow Franklin
MotherWilliam Franklin
Net Worth$25 million as of Apr 17,2017
Sun SignScorpio
Born inCharlotte, North Carolina
Famous asEvangelist

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Who is Billy Graham?

Billy Graham is an American Southern Baptist evangelist, known for preaching the message of Christianity around the world. He was one of the leading preachers of Christianity in the 1900s. In his childhood, he was greatly influenced by an evangelist and decided to devote his entire life to the service of Christianity. He was baptized twice in his lifetime and after his graduation, he started spreading the message of his community to various sections of the society through revival meetings and crusades. His ideology and thinking have been appreciated as well as criticized by people around the world. With the demonstrated fragility of life, people turned to spirituality for comfort, and he illuminated their path. He established a professional ministry and expanded his community through various means of communication. He also contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement and Lausanne Movement. He has appeared on the Gallup organization’s list of most admired men and women a staggering 57 times! He is regarded by his contemporaries as a witty, non-judgmental, genuine, innocent and patient human being always working for the betterment of humanity. He is a religious icon for the future generations to follow because of his devotion towards the supreme power and teachings to live one’s life with peace and harmony.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on November 7, 1918 on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, to William Franklin Billy Graham Senior, a businessman and farmer and his wife Morrow Coffee Graham. He was the eldest child of the family with two younger sisters and a brother.

In 1934, at the age of 16, he attended a series of revival meetings in Charlotte by an evangelist, Mordecai Fowler Ham, which changed his personality and he decided to commit his life to Christ.

He graduated from Sharon High School in 1936 and enrolled at Bob Jones College, Cleveland but left it after a few months. In 1937, he attended the Florida Bible Institute and graduated with a bachelor degree in theology in 1940.

In December 1938, he was baptized by the church's pastor, Rev. Cecil Underwood in Silver Lake. Later, he was ordained by Rev. Underwood and other local pastors as a Southern Baptist minister in the St. John's River Association.

In 1940, he enrolled at the Wheaton College, Illinois, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1943.

Career

He served briefly as a pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, in 1943-44. From 1948-1952, he served as the President of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1949, a group called ‘Christ for Greater Los Angeles’ invited him to preach at their L.A. revival and people emerged in large numbers to witness this event. This extended the revival for an additional five weeks and with the heavy coverage from the wire services and newspapers, he became a national figure.

After the World War II, America’s cultural climate was under the threat of Communism. He preached against it and made evangelism a non-threatening and easy approach to overcome the fears of war and agony. People turned to spirituality for comfort and he became their leader and a ray of hope.

In 1950, he founded the ‘Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’ ministry along with his colleagues to expand their community.

He contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement and became one of the closest friends of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also held integrated crusades in Birmingham, Alabama, on Easter 1964 in the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

He held evangelistic meetings on a number of college campuses—at the University of Minnesota in 1950-51, a 4-day mission at Yale University in 1957, and a week-long series of meetings at the University of North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium in September 1982.

He led a series of meetings in the United Kingdom, called Mission England, where he used outdoor football grounds as venues in 1984. In 1991, he held his largest event in North America on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park.

Major Works

In 1950 he founded ‘Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’ (BGEA), a ministry to preach the gospel to a larger number of people around the world and encourage them to join their community. It included a radio program, television broadcasts and magazines. With the modernization of technology, it has also developed web portals for spreading the message of Christianity to the world.

He has served as an active adviser to many presidents of America, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama. His views and ideologies on political affairs have been appreciated worldwide and influenced a lot of people and communities around the globe.

Awards & Achievements

In 1965, he was honored with the American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award and Horatio Alger Award.

In 1967, he became the first Protestant to receive an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic school.

He was awarded the International Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1971.

He received the American Jewish Committee's First National Inter-religious Award and Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission's Distinguished Communications Medal in1977.

He was rewarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 1983.

In 1989 Graham received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, for monumental and lasting contributions to the cause of freedom in 2000.

In 2001, he was awarded the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his international contribution to civic and religious life for over 60 years.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of a general surgeon, while studying at Wheaton College. They got married on August 13, 1943, after his graduation in anthropology.

They had five children together—Virginia Leftwich Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Graham, Franklin Graham and Nelson Edman Graham—and 19 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Ruth died in 2007 due to pneumonia. She had been suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis for months before her death.

He has had Parkinson's disease since 1992 and also suffers from hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and prostate cancer.

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Billy Graham awards

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Other

Big Brother of the Year Award for his work on behalf of children
- Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion
- Sylvanus Thayer Award for his commitment to

Billy Graham biography timelines

  • // 7th Nov 1918
    He was born on November 7, 1918 on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, to William Franklin Billy Graham Senior, a businessman and farmer and his wife Morrow Coffee Graham. He was the eldest child of the family with two younger sisters and a brother.
  • // 1934
    In 1934, at the age of 16, he attended a series of revival meetings in Charlotte by an evangelist, Mordecai Fowler Ham, which changed his personality and he decided to commit his life to Christ.
  • // 1936 To 1937
    He graduated from Sharon High School in 1936 and enrolled at Bob Jones College, Cleveland but left it after a few months. In 1937, he attended the Florida Bible Institute and graduated with a bachelor degree in theology in 1940.
  • // Dec 1938
    In December 1938, he was baptized by the church's pastor, Rev. Cecil Underwood in Silver Lake. Later, he was ordained by Rev. Underwood and other local pastors as a Southern Baptist minister in the St. John's River Association.
  • // 1940 To 1943
    In 1940, he enrolled at the Wheaton College, Illinois, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1943.
  • // 1943 To 1952
    He served briefly as a pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, in 1943-44. From 1948-1952, he served as the President of Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • // 13th Aug 1943
    He met Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of a general surgeon, while studying at Wheaton College. They got married on August 13, 1943, after his graduation in anthropology.
  • // 1949
    In 1949, a group called ‘Christ for Greater Los Angeles’ invited him to preach at their L.A. revival and people emerged in large numbers to witness this event. This extended the revival for an additional five weeks and with the heavy coverage from the wire services and newspapers, he became a national figure.
  • // 1950
    In 1950, he founded the ‘Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’ ministry along with his colleagues to expand their community.
  • // 1950 To 1982
    He held evangelistic meetings on a number of college campuses—at the University of Minnesota in 1950-51, a 4-day mission at Yale University in 1957, and a week-long series of meetings at the University of North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium in September 1982.
  • // 1950
    In 1950 he founded ‘Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’ (BGEA), a ministry to preach the gospel to a larger number of people around the world and encourage them to join their community. It included a radio program, television broadcasts and magazines. With the modernization of technology, it has also developed web portals for spreading the message of Christianity to the world.
  • // 1964
    He contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement and became one of the closest friends of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also held integrated crusades in Birmingham, Alabama, on Easter 1964 in the aftermath of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, he was honored with the American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award and Horatio Alger Award.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, he became the first Protestant to receive an honorary degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Roman Catholic school.
  • // 1971
    He was awarded the International Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1971.
  • // 1977
    He received the American Jewish Committee's First National Inter-religious Award and Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission's Distinguished Communications Medal in1977.
  • // 1983
    He was rewarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 1983.
  • // 1984 To 1991
    He led a series of meetings in the United Kingdom, called Mission England, where he used outdoor football grounds as venues in 1984. In 1991, he held his largest event in North America on the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park.
  • // 1989
    In 1989 Graham received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • // 1992
    He has had Parkinson's disease since 1992 and also suffers from hydrocephalus, pneumonia, broken hips, and prostate cancer.
  • // 2000
    He received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, for monumental and lasting contributions to the cause of freedom in 2000.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he was awarded the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his international contribution to civic and religious life for over 60 years.
  • // 2007
    Ruth died in 2007 due to pneumonia. She had been suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis for months before her death.

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    Billy Graham was born in Charlotte, North Carolina

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    Billy Graham's siblings is Katherine

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    Billy Graham's childrens is Ruth Graham

  • What was Billy Graham universities?

    Billy Graham studied at Bob Jones University, Trinity College, Wheaton College

  • What is Billy Graham's religion?

    Billy Graham's religion is Evangelical Christian

  • How tall is Billy Graham?

    Billy Graham's height is 187

  • Who is Billy Graham's father?

    Billy Graham's father is Morrow Franklin

  • Who is Billy Graham's mother?

    Billy Graham's mother is William Franklin

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    Billy Graham is Scorpio

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