Evangelist Billy Graham had few equals - Archbishop of Canterbury

Billy Graham Dead At 99

Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, his spokesman Jeremy Blume told CNN.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that Billy Graham was a giant among leaders".

Kathie Lee Gifford is an evangelical Christian who often revered the late pastor. The rally was advertised as "Eight Glorious Days" of youth rallies, and included speeches, choirs and testimony.

It traces Graham's life from his inauspicious beginnings on a dairy farm to answering the calling that would make him an evangelist to the world, eventually preaching to hundreds of millions of people in over 185 countries. "I wish I had had the privilege of knowing him and talking with him".

Shepherd and his wife, Dolores, attended a Billy Graham crusade several decades ago in Macon, Georgia, and got to shake hands with the legendary evangelist. "He really wanted to exude the love of Christ more than the theological judgment". Then we would come home and talk about life.

When Billy Graham graduated from Wheaton College and stepped into his first pulpit in suburban Western Springs, he preached with the volume and timbre of an evangelist out to save souls. He will be missed by Christians and all religions.

"I remember as a young boy, my entire family watching the Billy Graham televised crusades".

It was at Western Springs that Graham met musician George Beverly Shea and made his first foray into electronic ministry with the radio.

But Graham wasn't able to escape the scandal unscathed - anti-Semitic remarks he'd made to Nixon in 1972 were revealed almost 30 years later when the tapes the former President had secretly recorded in his home became declassified. While we mourn, I am convinced he very much looked forward to this day when he finally met his Savior face to face. "I will have gone into the presence of God", Graham said prior to his death.

The right-leaning preacher was also embraced by President Obama in 2010, though by then, Graham - who also spoke fondly of President Trump and Sarah Palin - had been battling many health issues. "All of us in the Christian family owe him a great debt of gratitude for drawing the general public together into the Christian experience". He certainly had a special place in his heart for Louisiana as his legacy of prison ministry was actively involved in helping to reform the lives of those who as he put it had lost their way at Angola prison.

Its work that will continue long after Graham is laid to rest beside his wife, Ruth, in the memorial garden at the foot of a huge brick cross.

On another occasion, Graham said the queen was preparing her annual Christmas address and asked him for feedback, which he offered.