Millions continue to share memories and moments as they mourn the loss of America’s pastor. Although his life and ministry cannot be simplified by just a short list of his accomplishments, below is a rundown of interesting facts and statistics surrounding Rev. Billy Graham’s 99 years serving his mission.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: Number of degrees Graham earned; Bachelor’s in Theology from Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity Bible College) dip and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Wheaton College.
13: From Harry S. Truman to Donald Trump, number of U.S. Presidents who met with Graham.
16: Numbers of weeks Graham’s 1957 crusade ran nightly in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
38: Number of languages his first best-selling book, Peace with God, was translated into.
61: Number of times Graham appeared on the Gallup Poll’s list of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.”
66: Number of years his radio program, “Hour of Decision”, was broadcast weekly, (from 1950 to 2016.)
95: Age of Graham during his final sermon/address in 2013.
400: Number of radio station across the world that ran the “Hour of Decision” broadcast in syndication.
581: Number of radio stations across the U.S. that ran the “Hour of Decision” broadcast in syndication.
6,000: Number of people who attended his first crusade in Los Angeles.
425,000: Number of subscribers to Decision magazine.
BY THE YEARS
1918: Year Graham was born outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
1934: Year Graham committed to becoming a preacher of the Gospel, after hearing traveling evangelist, Mordecai Ham.
1947: Year Graham was named President of Northwestern Schools, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1950: Year the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was founded.
1957: Year Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined Graham as his New York City Crusade.
1973: Year Graham held his first crusade in South Africa after denouncing apartheid.
1989: Year Graham’s crusades were broadcast via satellite to 185 countries and territories.
2005: Year of Graham’s last crusade in New York City.
2010: Year a LifeWay Research’s survey found Graham to be the most “influential living pastor.”
2013: Year the North Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution naming Graham the state’s “Favorite Son.”
2015: Year Graham’s last books, God’s Good News Bible Storybook, and Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity and Our Life Beyond, were published.
BY THE MILLIONS
1 Million: Amount of copies Graham’s book, Angels: God's Secret Agents, sold within 90 days.
3.2 Million: Amount of people who attended Graham’s 5-day crusade in Seoul, Korea.
2+ Million: Amount of copies Peace With God sold world-wide.
2.2 Million: Estimated amount of people who turned to Christianity during his crusades.
5 Million: Amount NBC offered Graham for five years to appear alongside Arthur Godfrey. Graham turned down the offer to continue his crusades.
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