Knoxville (WVLT) - When you talk of preachers, who hasn't heard of Billy Graham? Now, there's another in the line of Grahams who's making an impact.
However you wouldn't know it by his name. Meet pastor Tullian Tchividjian, one of 19 of Ruth and Billy Graham's grandchildren.
Billy Graham is known as America's preacher. Now another line of the Graham family is making an impact. His name is Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham. Tullian was in town signing copies of his new book "Do I Know God."
"It started off as a sermon I preached here in Knoxville at Cedar Springs," Tchividjian said.
The former associate pastor at Knoxville's Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church was eager to share his message.
"I make mention in the book that there is an eternal difference between knowing about God, and knowing God, between factual knowledge and relational knowledge," Tchividjian said.
With the name Tchividjian, there are alot of questions. His mother Gigi, is the oldest of the Graham children. She married Stefhan Tchividjian, a Swiss born Armenian.
At 16, this wild child son, Tullian, dropped out of high school. At 21, he was kicked out of the house.
"During my wilderness wanderings, from the time I was 16 to 21, of course my grandparents, both my grandmother and grandfather were praying hard that the Hound of Heaven would track me down," Tchividjian said.
Tullian now ministers to a church in South Florida, but alot of his time is spent with his grandfather.
"He's going to be 89 years old in November, and he has alot of miles on him, and so it doesn't surprise any of us that things are beginning to shut down. He has the will to live, we were all watching after my grandmother died, wondering how he was going to approach life," Tchividjian said. "We visit him regularly. In fact, my wife and kids just came back from being with him for 9 days."
As Billy faces the last pages of life, Tullian's last chapter appropriately addresses it too.
"The promise that holds out for those who truly know Him is absolutely stunning," Tchividjian said.
And some great news, Tullian told me he thinks his grandfather should be released from the hospital by the end of this week.
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