When did Billy Graham die


Billy Graham, a religious figure and Christian evangelist, Graham has been nicknamed "the Pope of Protestant America" by one Time reporter, despite his critics accusing him of being too liberal. Graham retired in 2005 and died on February 21, 2018, at the age of 99, at his home in North Carolina.
Early life
William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 7, 1918, to William and Morrow Graham. Graham was the youngest of four children raised on the family's Charlotte dairy farm. Graham had little idea, in retrospect, that he would one day preach the Christian faith to as many as 215 million people in live audiences in 185 countries. Graham is credited with preaching to more people than anybody else in history, not to mention the millions more he has reached via radio, television, and the written word.
Despite the fact that Graham's parents were devout Calvinists, it was an unknown travelling evangelist who would lead him on a profound spiritual path. Graham attended a series of revival meetings led by preacher Mordecai Ham when he was 16 years old. Even though Graham was a well-behaved adolescent, Ham's sermons on sin resonated with him. Graham relocated to Tennessee after high school to attend Bob Jones College, a conservative Christian school. He eventually transferred to the Florida Bible Institute after becoming dissatisfied with the school's rigorous philosophy. Graham became a member of a Southern Baptist Convention congregation in Florida and was ordained in 1939.
Graham relocated to Illinois and enrolled at Wheaton College for further spiritual study after graduating from the Florida Bible Institute with a bachelor's in theology. Ruth McCue Bell, his future wife, was also present. Bell, the daughter of a missionary, grew up in China with her family until she was 17 years old. Graham and Bell married on August 13, 1943, after receiving their bachelor's degree in anthropology. They had five kids together.

Graham as a preacher
Graham served as a pastor at the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois, for a short time before joining Youth for Christ, an evangelical missionary organization that spoke to returning servicemen and young people about God. Graham became the president of Northwestern Schools, a Minnesota-based Christian school network, in 1947. He left Youth for Christ in 1948 and concentrated on Northwestern Schools until 1952, when he left to focus on preaching.
Graham's passionate and genuine gospel preaching was quickly recognised by the public. Graham was invited to speak at a revival in L.A. in 1949 by a group called "Christ for Greater Los Angeles." Graham's resurrection was publicized when radio personality Stuart Hamblen featured him on his show. Graham's tents were packed, and the revival was prolonged for another five weeks because of the publicity. Graham's revival meetings were widely reported around the country at the request of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
Few would disagree with Graham's claim that he preached more people in person than anybody else in history. His evangelical crusades around the world, appearances on television and radio, friendships with presidents, and unofficial status as a spokesman for America's evangelicals made him one of the most well-known religious personalities of the twentieth century.



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