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Meet the Team: George Beverly Shea

January 3, 2019

Throughout the year, we are going to highlight one of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) team members each month, featuring an item belonging to or related to that person. This month, we’d like to share with you the story of Billy Graham’s close companion, George Beverly Shea.

In the mid-1940s, while Shea was working at the Moody Bible Institute’s Radio Station, WMBI, Graham approached him to join his radio program titled “Songs in the Night.” According to Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am, Shea initially reluctantly agreed, mainly because he saw Billy was being so persistent and figured it was the only way to get rid of him. However, with the success of the radio show and Crusades across the United States and overseas, George Beverly Shea continued with the BGEA from 1947 until his death in 2013.

Billy Graham is known for saying of George Beverly Shea, “I’ve been listening to Bev Shea sing for more than 50 years, and I would still rather hear him sing than anyone else I know.”

Our feature this month is a Victrola, which was located in the living room of George Beverly Shea for 20 years, and was donated to the Billy Graham Library by his son, Ronald Shea.


Watch below to see how God turned Shea into the instrument to prepare hearts for the Gospel message.

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  1. Dean Hughes

    I became a Christian in 1938 at an old altar in the Powell General Baptist Church near Norris City, IL. I joined the Powell General Baptist Church immediately following my conversion. I have made Christ the center of my life. My parents were loving Christians who were dedicated to raising their six children to love the Lord and to serve him. We have all been active in our service to God for these many years. My parents are deceased now and so are two of my siblings but those who still are living continue to share the love of Christ with those we come in contact with each day.. Rev, Billy Graham and George Beverly Shea have been an inspiration to our family over these many years. I am listening to George Beverly Shea sing How Great Thou Art.

  2. Gib Rogers

    I attended two of the Billy Graham Crusades in years past. Being a Church Pianist, I leaned more toward Tedd Smith and John Innes. However, I really enjoyed hearing Bev Shea sing. Even have several of his albums (this shows how old I am), and now have a number of the CDs. Over the years, I mailed these to Mr. Shea, and he graciously signed them for me. What a blessing he became to all of us who only heard him sing. I treasure the remembrance I still have of singing under Cliff Barrows and with Bev Shea. Those days have sustained me.