During his lifetime, Billy Graham met with 13 U.S. presidents. Commonly known as the “pastor to presidents,” many of the nation’s leaders looked to him for spiritual guidance and prayer, and thought of him as a good friend.
Billy Graham once said, “In an increasingly complex and dangerous world, our president and other world leaders need our prayers more than ever. Over the years Ruth and I have sought to follow the Apostle Paul’s injunction in 1 Timothy 2:1-3: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.’ … It has been my prayer for every president I have known, whether casually or intimately. The burdens and responsibilities of that office are enormous, and no person can ever fulfill its demands with his own strength, but only with the grace and help of Almighty God.”
Now through the end of the year, get a behind-the-scenes look at the genuine friendships Billy Graham shares with these men in the special display “Billy Graham: Pastor to Presidents.” You’ll discover how God used Billy to counsel and comfort the presidents and their families—even in the midst of national and personal crises.
Some of the memorabilia included in the display include:
- Billy Graham’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented to him by President Ronald Reagan
- Ceramic replica of the vice president’s house given to Ruth Graham by Barbara Bush (the house is filled with potpourri from Mrs. Bush’s garden)
- Signed Bible from President Richard Nixon when Billy Graham preached at the White House
- The pen used by President George H.W. Bush to declare a national day of prayer during the Persian Gulf War
- Telegram from Billy Graham to President Kennedy following the birth of Kennedy’s son
- Many autographed photos with special messages from the presidents