10 Quotes from Billy Graham on Fatherhood

Billy Graham with Ned and Franklin
Billy Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, with his two sons, Ned and Franklin, in 1965.

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
—1 Corinthians 16:13-14, ESV

Billy Graham was known to the world as “God’s Ambassador” and “Pastor to Presidents,” but to his five children, he was just “Daddy.” Below are 10 of his quotes about fatherhood, family and faith.

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

“The greatest tribute a boy can give to his father is to say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like my dad.’ It is a convicting responsibility for us fathers and grandfathers.”

“Our lives speak loudly to those around us, especially the children in our home.” —From Billy Graham in Quotes

>> ‘My father walked out on us when I was young. How can I be a good father to my own children?’ Read Billy Graham’s answer.

“I tried to let all five of the children know that I loved them, no matter what they did; that I missed them when I was away; that I supported their mother’s discipline of them; and that I wanted them to discover God’s perfect plan for each of them.” —From Mr. Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am

Billy Graham and his firstborn, Gigi, share a tender moment in 1971. See more photos of the Graham family.

“I have loved and been proud of all five of my children and those whom they chose to marry. I have loved all of you equally, while each of you maintained a separate spot in my heart.” —Taken from Mr. Graham’s will

“Parenting is the most important responsibility most of us will ever face, and none of us does it perfectly.” —from Billy Graham in Quotes

“I’d rather hear my father pray than anybody in the world.”

“If there were no heaven and no hell, I would still want to be a Christian because of what it does for our homes and our families in this life.”

Billy Graham and family outside
As a father who traveled frequently, Billy Graham relished being home with his children. Leaving his mountaintop home to preach the Gospel around the world often left him feeling torn. “Many a time,” he said, “I’ve driven down that driveway with tears coming down my cheeks, not wanting to leave.”

“I missed so much by not being home to see the children grow and develop.” —From Mr. Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am

“I ask my children and grandchildren to maintain and defend at all hazards and at any cost of personal sacrifice the blessed doctrine of complete Atonement for sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone. I urge all of you to walk with the Lord in a life of separation from the world and to keep eternal values in view.” —Taken from Mr. Graham’s will

Do you have the eternal hope that Billy Graham dedicated his life to sharing? You can find it right now.

Family in 2003
Billy and Ruth Graham and all five of their children in 2003.

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  1. Mary AnnHeim says:

    I love to hear brother Billy Graham preach.

  2. Tom Phipps says:

    I will soon be eighty and have loved Billy and Ruth Graham since the early 1950. I was blessed to be at the Library two years ago and was blessed out of my socks. We will all miss Him but am praying for Franklin and Greg Laurie to follow in his foot steps. Lord please keep the Graham family in the palm of Your hand as they heal from there loss -Tom, Pastor at large

  3. joyce pierce says:

    A good minister.

  4. William Duncan says:

    Billy’s comments on fatherhood and family are such an inspiration and encouragement. Thanks for sending them and I look forward to more.

  5. Robin Ellison says:

    A genuine godly man. Thank you.

  6. Sheila Hein says:

    I enjoyed reading Rev. Billy Grahams quotes on fatherhood. The pictures were nice too.

  7. Cecil Faye Luensman says:

    I love the pictures and personal side of Billy Graham. I love the way he shares God’s message in such a way that a child can understand and respond to it!! Blessings to all the family!!

  8. Tina H Lancaster says:

    Always love what you share. So encouraging. Love and prayers to all.

  9. James Mackey says:

    Always my favorite television evangelist. I always come away so moved after hearing Billy speak. He truly was a vessel for Christ and I so admired his work. Being raised Irish – Catholic his message always had value and the reminder we are all sinners on our way and must believe. I’m a believer, thank you.

  10. Dana Gathright says:

    What a wonderful tribute! TY

  11. Debbie Rine says:

    What a wonderful legacy Billy Graham has left us. Not only setting the standard high for us to “preach” the Word in truth, but to live a life of integrity and unconditional love for our family and others.
    Even though I have volunteered for 10 years at the Billy Graham Library and never actually had the privilege of meeting Billy Graham, I feel as if I DO know him quite well! I love how he’s still “preaching” to the masses from heaven through BGEA!! Love to all the Graham children and their families on this SPECIAL Father’s Day!

  12. Kathy Unger says:

    Billy Graham continues to be an inspiration and his legacy continues to bring others to Christ. Thank you God for this man and his life lived for others.

  13. Patsy Dalton-Sutherland says:

    I was a young girl when I went to his crusade in Greenville, SC. I was already a Christian then and my mother and some other ladies from my church were in the crusade choir. It was a wonderful experience to be there and hear Mr. Graham in person. He definitely made a mark on my life over the years.

  14. Jill Harwood says:

    Thank you dear Graham family. We have been blessed by your father and mother. We are not able to contribute to the Library but we are praying for you.
    Please pray for my husband. He will be having surgery tomorrow and he has spots on his liver and pancreas. He quit smoking 10 years ago but his lungs are COPD
    His name is Roy

  15. Efren Encarnacion says:

    Very beautiful and heartwarming!

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. Werner Burklin says:

    What a wonderful family, always honoring our Lord Jesus!

  17. Theodore Hemenway says:

    I never knew a father’s love when I was a child, tho he was near by. As I age, now above 80, I have a new loving Father above.

  18. Steven Brokopp says:

    He was a wonderful family man and honored his Lord Jesus.

  19. Karen Paese says:

    I so admire Dr. Graham and his family. What a great legacy!

  20. Margaret Gamez says:

    A Happy Father’s Day to all fathers! To our Heavenly Father it is an honor to be called Your child! God bless America!

  21. Lineta says:

    I am blessed with what Billy Graham did and really modeled the life of Jesus, not only to His family but to the whole world.

  22. Dianne Cole says:

    I say Praise The Lord for Pastor Billy Graham and his family. He loved God, and changed the lives of many all over the world, including mine. I miss him and I know this Fathers Day his family will miss him, but he is rejoicing in Heaven.

  23. Joann lugo says:

    I will never forget that day in 1957 in Madison Square Garden when I at 14 yrs., old stood up and received Christ in my heart. Thank you dear Lord for your servant Billy Graham and his family! I still have the original ticket for that rally where my father was an usher. Thank you JESUS!!!

  24. Marie Hanley says:

    I enjoy his teaching so much such wisdom. Am grateful to be connected to this ministry and gain more knowledge.

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