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CodeDS/UK/12
Dates7/11/1918 -
Person NameGraham; William Franklin (7/11/1918 -); Jr; An Evangelical Christian
SurnameGraham
ForenamesWilliam Franklin
TitleJr
EpithetAn Evangelical Christian
ActivityHe has been a spiritual adviser to multiple United States presidents.
He rose to celebrity status as his sermons were broadcast on radio and television
According to his staff, as of 1993 more than 2.5 million people had "stepped forward at his crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior"
As of 2008, Graham's lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.
He is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people for the 21st century (2008).
RelationshipsOn August 13, 1943, Graham married Wheaton classmate Ruth Bell (1920–2007), whose parents were Presbyterian missionaries in China, where her father, L. Nelson Bell, was a general surgeon. He met Ruth at Wheaton: "I saw her walking down the road towards me and I couldn't help but stare at her as she walked. She looked at me and our eyes met and I felt that she was definitely the woman I wanted to marry." Ruth thought that he "wanted to please God more than any man I'd ever met."[8] They married two months after graduation and later lived in a log cabin designed by Ruth in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Montreat, North Carolina.[5] Ruth died on June 14, 2007, at age 87. They have five children together: Virginia Leftwich (Gigi) Graham Tchividjian (b. 1945); Anne Graham Lotz (b. 1948; runs AnGeL ministries); Ruth Graham (b. 1950; founder and president of Ruth Graham & Friends); Franklin Graham (b. 1952; administers an international relief organization called Samaritan's Purse and will be his father's successor at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association);[9] and Nelson "Ned" Graham (b.1958; a pastor who runs East Gates International,[10] which distributes Christian literature in China). Graham has 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Grandson Tullian Tchividjian is senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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