From humble beginnings as the son of a dairy farmer in North Carolina, Billy Graham became one of the most influential evangelists of all time. He has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through books and videos.
The Los Angeles Crusade in 1949 launched Mr. Graham into international prominence. Scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks, with overflow crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night.
Also known for founding the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 1950, which has continued to produce radio programs, television shows, newspaper columns, and more to spread the Gospel.
Mr. Graham’s counsel was sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, some of the recognitions include: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award (2000) for contributions to the cause of freedom; the Congressional Gold Medal (1996); Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2001), for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years.
Billy Graham died on February 21, 2018 at the age of 99.
(condensed from billygraham.org)