Billy Graham, who many consider to be the greatest Christian leader in American history, turns 99 years old today. He was born November 7th, 1918 on a small dairy farm off what is now Park Rd. in Charlotte.
Graham is most well known for hosting massive evangelistic crusades. He led his first one in 1947, and continued preaching the gospel to millions in arenas, stadiums, and fields around the world until his retirement in 2005, at which time he passed the mantle onto his son, Franklin Graham.
In a statement, Franklin said that the entire Graham family is thankful that Billy is still with us, living out a peaceful retirement in the woods of Montreat, NC.
“As a family, we are just so very grateful that he is still with us. His mind is good but he’s quieter these days. He can’t see or hear well, but his health is stable.”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association released this video to commemorate his 99th birthday;
Today The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte will be hosting a birthday party for “America’s Pastor” as he enters his 100th year. They are inviting everyone to come enjoy some free birthday cake and sign a giant birthday banner that will be delivered to Dr. Graham at home.
While on the property, guests can also enjoy the Journey of Faith tour, lunch in the Graham Brothers’ Dairy Bar, and early Christmas shopping in Ruth’s Attic bookstore.
You can find out more about Billy Graham’s 99th birthday at The Library here.