The Rev. Billy Graham, the legendary Christian evangelist known as “America’s Preacher,” passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina on Wednesday. A charismatic speaker and savvy early adopter of mass media, Graham spread his message of salvation and total faith in Christ through radio and television addresses that gave him unprecedented reach. During his six decades of ministry, Graham wrote 34 books, spoke to hundreds of packed arenas and reached 215 million people across the globe with his message of humility and piety.
Graham gained prominence in the 1950s with his radio program Hour of Decision and national “crusades,” that drew crowds of thousands to promote Bible study, public works and, later, civil rights. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association soon became the most influential champion of Protestantism in the United States, and over 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior.” Graham also became an international figure, providing spiritual counsel for every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and trying to reconcile Christian and secular viewpoints.
We at Religious Travel Planning Guide send our thoughts and prayers to the Graham family during this difficult time, and we encourage you to keep the message one of the 20th century’s most influential religious figures in your heart during your next Christian trip.