Fun Facts About Billy Graham

Last Updated on May 7, 2021

Ready for some super fun facts about Billy Graham? I love to learn more about people, places, and things and then share that knowledge with all of you! The more that we learn, the better conversations we’ll have! 

Fun Facts About Billy Graham

I recently shared 3 ways to grow your faith, but growing our faith is also done studying other heroes. It just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include some famous Billy Graham quotes along with all these fun facts about him as well. 

Here are some of the most well-known quotes by Billy Graham. (you’ve probably heard a few!)

I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
I just want to lobby for God.
We say to our children, ‘Act like grown-ups,’ but Jesus said to the grown-ups, ‘Be like children.’
God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.

World events are moving very rapidly now. I pick up the Bible in one hand, and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.

The message I preach hasn’t changed. Circumstances have changed. Problems have changed, but deep inside man has not changed, and the gospel hasn’t changed.

The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater—the love of God.

The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.


Now that you know some of his words and quotes, let’s dive in and talk about some of the fun facts about Billy Graham as well. 

Fun Facts About Billy Graham

1. Billy Graham was born in 1918.
In Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, 1918, William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born to William and Morrow Graham. He was the oldest child of four and grew up in a strict Calvinist household.

However, it was a traveling evangelist who ran revival meetings that were the ones to have the most powerful impact on Billy’s faith and eventual ministry.

2. He received bachelor’s degrees in theology and anthropology.
Billy Graham started off at the conservative Bob Jones College in Tennessee but didn’t feel like the college was a good fit for him. He transferred to Florida Bible College and got his bachelor’s degree in theology.

Always hungry to learn more and grow spiritually, Billy decided to move to Illinois and attend Wheaton College. There he earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology and met his wife, Ruth McCue Bell.

3. All five of his children went into the ministry.
Billy and Ruth Graham’s children all went into the ministry in some form or another. Virginia, Anne Morrow, Ruth Bell, William Franklin III, and Nelson Edman were all inspired by their parents’ ministry efforts and took up the calling of sharing God’s love with the world.

4. Billy Graham became a Christian superstar.
Although he tried to avoid talking about his fame, there was no doubt that Billy Graham was a Christian superstar. His fame began in 1949 when he preached at a revival in Los Angeles and ended up with unexpected publicity that drew huge crowds.

People identified with his preaching and his popularity grew. It’s said that Billy Graham helped to unify the country after World War II through his positive, non-threatening messages of hope, love, and peace. He eventually had television shows and radio broadcasts that were listened to by millions of people around the world.

5. Billy Graham was the first clergyman to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard in honor of his ministry.
In 1989, Billy Graham became the 1,900th person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first clergyman to ever be recognized for his ministry with a star.

Mr. Graham was 71 years old at the time. Here is the speech he gave when receiving his star in case you would like to use it. Go —>>>HERE 

Did you know all these fun facts about him or did you learn something new? It’s amazing to be able to hear something positive about a person who made such a big difference in the lives of others. For more ways to grow your faith, check out ways to grow in God’s word this summer! 

Please check out our suggestions on Amazon for more materials on Billy Graham and his amazing legacy!


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3 thoughts on “Fun Facts About Billy Graham”

  1. Some of those quotes I hadn’t read before and I had no idea Billy had a star in Hollywood! I remember watching his crusades on TV with my mother when I was a child. I’ll never forget the sound of his voice – the passion and authority. He was anointed for sure.

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