William (Billy) F. Graham
Evangelist and Chairman of the Board
William (Billy) F. Graham; November 7, 1918; Charlotte, North Carolina
William Franklin (deceased 1962) and Morrow Coffey Graham (deceased 1981)
Ruth McCue Bell, 1943 (deceased 2007)
1940: Graduated, Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College)
1943: B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
1939: Ordained to the ministry by a church in the Southern Baptist Convention
1943-45: Pastor, First Baptist Church, Western Springs, Illinois
1945-50: Charter Vice President, Youth for Christ International, Chicago, Illinois
1947-52: President, Northwestern Schools, consisting of three institutions: a liberal arts college, Bible school and theological seminary
1950 -- : Founded Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1950 -- : Began weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program which is heard on more than 700 stations around the world
1947: "Calling Youth to Christ"
1952: Author of syndicated newspaper column "My Answer" carried by newspapers across the country with a combined circulation of 5,000,000 readers
1953: "I Saw Your Sons at War"
1953: "Peace With God" -- over 2 million copies sold in 38 languages, revised and expanded in 1984
1955: "Freedom from the Seven Deadly Sins"
1955: "The Secret of Happiness"
1958: "Billy Graham Talks to Teenagers"
1960: "My Answer"
1960: "Billy Graham Answers Your Questions"
1965: "World Aflame" -- The New York Times and Time magazine Best-Seller Lists for several weeks
1969: "The Challenge"
1971: "The Jesus Generation"
1975: "Angels: God's Secret Agents" -- Publishers Weekly & New York Times Best-Seller Lists (21 weeks each); Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Platinum Book Award
1977: "How to Be Born Again"
1978: "The Holy Spirit" -- ECPA Gold Book Award
1981: "Till Armageddon" -- ECPA Platinum Book Award
1983: "Approaching Hoofbeats: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" -- The New York Times Best-Seller List; ECPA Gold Book Award
1984: "A Biblical Standard for Evangelists"
1986: "Unto the Hills"
1987: "Facing Death and the Life After" -- Christian Booksellers Association Best-Seller List (21 weeks)
1988: "Answers to Life's Problems"
1991: "Hope for the Troubled Heart"
1992: "Storm Warning"
1997: "Just As I Am"
2002: "Hope for Each Day"
2003: "The Key To Personal Peace"
2005: “Living in God’s Love: The New York Crusade”
2006: “The Journey”
2008: "Wisdom For Each Day"
2010: "Storm Warning"
2011: "Nearing Home"
2012: "The Heaven Answer Book"
AWARDS AND HONORS
(The following is a partial list of the numerous awards received by Mr. Graham):
- "Ten Most Admired Men in the World" from the Gallup Poll since 1948 a total of 56 times, including 50 consecutive in 2012-- more than any other individual in the world, placing him at the head of the overall list of those most admired by Americans for the past five decades
- Clergyman of the Year from the National Pilgrim Society
- Distinguished Service Medal of the Salvation Army
- Who's Who in America annually since 1954
- Freedoms Foundation Distinguished Persons Award (numerous years)
- Gold Medal Award, National Institute of Social Science, New York, 1957
- Annual Gutenberg Award of the Chicago Bible Society, 1962
- Gold Award of the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute, 1964, for contribution to race relations, presented by Senator Javits (NY)
- Speaker of the Year Award, 1964
- Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, 1965
- Horatio Alger Award, 1965
- National Citizenship Award by the Military Chaplains Association of the U.S.A., 1965
- Wisdom Award of Honor, 1965
- Big Brother of the Year Award, at the White House, Washington, D.C.,1966, for contribution to the welfare of children
- The Torch of Liberty Plaque by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1969
- George Washington Honor Medal from Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for his sermon "The Violent Society," 1969
- Honored by Morality in Media for "fostering the principles of truth, taste, inspiration and love in media," 1969
- International Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1971
- Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters, 1972
- Franciscan International Award, 1972
- Sylvanus Thayer Award from United States Military Academy Association of Graduates at West Point (The most prestigious award the United States Military Academy gives to a U.S. citizen), 1972
- George Washington Medal Award for Patriotism from Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, 1974
- Direct Selling Association's Salesman of the Decade award, 1975
- Philip Award from the Association of United Methodist Evangelists, 1976
- First National Interreligious Award, American Jewish Committee, 1977
- Distinguished Communications Medal, Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission, 1977
- Jabotinsky Centennial Medal presented by The Jabotinsky Foundation, 1980
- Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame award, 1981
- Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion award, 1982
- Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award,1983
- National Religious Broadcasters Award of Merit, 1986
- North Carolina Award in Public Service, 1986
- Good Housekeeping Most Admired Men Poll, 1997, #1 for five years in a row and 16th time in top 10
- Congressional Gold Medal, highest honor Congress can bestow on a private citizen, 1996
- Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association --the first non-musician to be inducted, 1999
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award, for monumental and lasting contributions to the cause of freedom, 2000
- Honorary Knight Commander of the order of the British Empire (KBE) for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years, 2001
- Many honorary degrees
Anne Morrow, 1948
Ruth Bell, 1950
William Franklin, III, 1952
Nelson Edman, 1958
19 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren
In the mountains of western North Carolina