I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Graham, as he preferred to be called, on a few occasions. Each time I walked away as a better pastor/evangelist and even as a better Christian.

His book Peace with God was the tool God used to bring me to Christ.

I’ll say more about what I’ve learned from Dr. Graham, what I always called him, in my emails to the CLI and Renegade Pastors family on

But for now, I wanted to share a few links that might help you remember Dr. Graham.

First, the best US obituary and a reminder of Dr. Graham’s life that I’ve read, courtesy of our friends at Christianity Today:
Remembering the Life of Billy Graham
Best of Christianity Today reporting on Billy Graham

Second, an obituary regarding Dr. Graham from the UK, courtesy of our friends at Evangelical Now:
Billy Graham UK Obituary

And then take a look and learn from this perspective from one of my mentors and a good friend of the CLI / Renegade Pastors Network:
Dr. Thom Rainer: Thank You, Billy Graham (Personal Perspective and Lessons)

Finally, I leave you with the official “In Memoriam” from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, courtesy of Franklin Graham:
BGEA Official Obituary, Memorium and Reflections

I only had brief conversations with Billy Graham in this life. I look forward to some longer, in-depth conversations with him in the next.


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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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