‘America’s Pastor:’ Billy Graham Has Died at 99
Graham reportedly died at home on Wednesday. His death was confirmed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The Associated Press reports that Graham had been treated for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments in recent years. His wife, Ruth, passed away in 2007.
Ordained in 1939, Graham served first as a pastor at First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. He later launched his first radio program, “Songs in the Night,” leading him into a career of evangelism. Pioneering the use of TV and radio to spread his message, Graham reached an estimated 200 million people
Graham wrote more than 30 books about the Christian Gospel and his ministry experience. He served as minister or counselor to several U.S. presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush, earning him the moniker “America’s Pastor.”