Explore the life of one of the best-known and most influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, Billy Graham built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide, and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.
The documentary will explore how a young man who grew up on a North Carolina farm rose to become, in the words of Time magazine, “America’s preacher.” A mesmerizing speaker of great personal magnetism and charisma, Graham caught the nation’s attention and earned its respect in ways that crossed sectarian and social boundaries. As an intimate of presidents and other leaders and a public figure of acknowledged moral authority, he attracted thousands to evangelistic campaigns he called “crusades.” Often hailed as the most influential Christian preacher in American history, he revitalized American evangelicalism as a movement, not only through his preaching but through the founding of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and the launching of the movement’s magazine, Christianity Today.
In addition to serving as a biography of Graham, the film will also use his story as a lens to gain perspective on the evolution of American evangelicalism in the last quarter of the 20th century. In order to ensure accuracy throughout, the producers have conducted extensive pre-production research, and they will rely upon a team of advisors who will provide input and oversight for content development.
See trailer below.
MONDAY, MAY 17, 9:00 – 11:00 PM ON PBS
ANOTHER REASON TO WATCH:
Our own John Guest was interviewed for this special. John was asked about his conversion and commitment to coming to know Christ at Billy Graham’s London Crusade in 1954 where Graham preached for three months straight at Harringay to about 10-15,000 people each night. He finished with a final rally at Wimbley Stadium for over 100,000 people. John Guest came to know the Lord at this rally and began doing ministry and playing music with the Billy Graham Team.