Fun Facts About Billy Graham
1. Billy Graham was born in 1918.
In Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, 1918, William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born to William and Morrow Graham. He was the oldest child of four and grew up in a strict Calvinist household.
However, it was a traveling evangelist who ran revival meetings that was the one to have the most powerful impact on Billy’s faith and eventual ministry.
2. He received bachelor’s degrees in theology and anthropology.
Billy Graham started off at the conservative Bob Jones College in Tennessee, but didn’t feel like the college was a good fit for him. He transferred to Florida Bible College and got his bachelor’s degree in theology.
Always hungry to learn more and grow spiritually, Billy decided to move to Illinois and attend Wheaton College. There he earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and met his wife, Ruth McCue Bell.
3. All five of his children went into the ministry.
Billy and Ruth Graham’s children all went into the ministry in some form or another. Virginia, Anne Morrow, Ruth Bell, William Franklin III, and Nelson Edman were all inspired by their parents’ ministry efforts and took up the calling of sharing God’s love with the world.
4. Billy Graham became a Christian superstar.
Although he tried to avoid talking about his fame, there was no doubt that Billy Graham was a Christian superstar. His fame began in 1949 when he preached at a revival in Los Angeles and ended up with unexpected publicity that drew huge crowds.
People identified with his preaching and his popularity grew. It’s said that Billy Graham helped to unify the country after World War II through his positive, non-threatening messages of hope, love, and peace. He eventually had television shows and radio broadcasts that were listened to by millions of people around the world.
5. Billy Graham was the first clergyman to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard in honor of his ministry.
In 1989, Billy Graham became the 1,900th person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first clergyman to ever be recognized for his ministry with a star.
Mr. Graham was 71 years old at the time. Here is the speech he gave when receiving his star in case you would like to use it. Go —>>>HERE
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