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Billy Graham

He has said, “I have never wanted to be a preacher”, and yet Billy Graham has preached the gospel to over 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. His crusades continue to set attendance records. His evangelistic association’s weekly Hour of Decision radio program is broadcast by more that 900 stations around the world. He’s written 18 books all of which have become top sellers and been sold in 38 languages around the world. His counsel has been sought by presidents and he’s been ranked 39 times as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World”in the Gallup Poll . He’s received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor Congress can bestow on a private citizen. Not bad for the son of a North Carolina dairy farmer. But what’s that got to do with Gospel Music? Just ask Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, dc Talk, Jars of Clay or any of the other numerous Christian artists who have had the honor of performing at the Billy Graham Crusade. His organization has “opened it’s platform to our artists over the years,”says current Gospel Music Association President, Frank Breeden, and “as our most respected preacher of the gospel, it is fitting to pay homage to what he has given our artists in his history.”Not to mention what he has given the rest of us.

 

Induction Year

1999

 

Education

  • Florida Bible Institute
  • Wheaton College of Illinois

 

Vocation

  • Pastor
  • Evangelist

 

Gospel artists whom he has supported

  • George Beverley Shea
  • Cliff Barrows
  • Stuart Hamblen
  • DC Talk
  • Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others

 

Video

Billy Graham preaching during one of his Crusades