Billy Graham, America’s Pastor
Billy Graham (1918-2018), known as “America’s Pastor,” wrote dozens of books that were published in the millions. According to an article in the Saturday Evening Post, one of his books made publishing history with an initial print run of 800,000 copies. He also was a syndicated newspaper columnist and began a magazine called Decision that attracted 2 million subscribers.
He is also known for his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., and once bailed Martin Luther King, Jr., out of jail.
He was a Baptist and pastor of several US presidents, three who attended the opening of his library. For more than 60 years, he filled arenas worldwide with people who came to hear him preach. His ministry reached 185 countries and led to many other ministries, including Samaritan’s Purse, well-regarded for its “Operation Christmas Child” world hunger program.
North Carolina, His Home
In North Carolina, he has a major parkway named after him, which is a rarity for preachers. The photo on this page was taken through a windshield.
Visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, and you will see his boyhood home, a robust bookstore (“Ruth’s Attic”), and a prayer garden. Check the Library’s website for information about special events.
Charlotte is a major city of industry and has a population of approximately 872,000.
His Life’s Message
Listen to a Billy Graham message to see why he was successful at attracting and drawing in large audiences. The feature film Unbroken, based on the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand, also attracted large audiences. It is a biographical story of Louis Zamperini, who met Billy Graham early in Graham’s career and, as a result, became a vocal leader in the Christian community himself.
Many inspiring photos of Billy Graham can be found through Google Images, including his Hollywood Walk of Fame star, meetings with US presidents, preaching around the world, and chatting with legendary people like Martin Luther King, Jr.
Billy Graham passed away in his home on February 21, 2018 at the age of 99. Read his obituary here: Billy Graham Obituary His burial is outside the Billy Graham Library, alongside his wife Ruth.
The Billy Graham Library is the first stop on our North Carolina Author Adventures Trail!