Billy Graham's Grandson Speaks Only to WVLT

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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  • by Dave Location: USA on Jul 15, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    Like Pastor Tchividjian, I am an Armenian American. I am happy to see him doing good Christian work. I wonder how many people know that Armenia was the first nation on earth to officially adopt Christianity as its religion, in 301 AD. Perhaps readers have heard of the genocide of 1915-1923 committed by Turkey against indigenous Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians - all of them Christians - and stole their land. Few Christians remain in Turkey today, and those that do are repressed and discriminated against. It is disappointing that American Christians either do not know this, or they know it and ignore it simply because Turkey is a member of NATO. I do hope that Pastor Tchividjian informs his flock about this. Often, though, what happens is that Christian ministers turn their backs on their ethnic background and the plight of Christians in other countries and wind up supporting people and countries that are not Christian and that actual repress Christians.
  • by TOM CHASTAIN Location: tampa florida on Apr 26, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    tullian tchividjian has a new book out now it is called "unfashinable" it is how christians can make a difference in the world by being different it has a awsome study guide in the back of the book with questians and awnsers great for a Bible study or gift idea for a family member or friend please e mail your friends about this great book
  • by Beth Location: Kirkland. WA on Aug 30, 2007 at 11:57 PM
    Maybe God will annoint Tullian, being around Billy and especially Ruth Graham, he would have to know God.
  • by maggie nola on Aug 30, 2007 at 07:33 PM
    why is this news?
  • by Sheila Location: knoxville on Aug 30, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    Informative article. Note: alot is not a word. Use "a lot" instead.
  • by Baaba Location: Knoxville on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM
    "PUFF" pastor Tullian Tchividjian just the way Wm R. Hearst "PUFF" his grandfather, right into the pocketbooks of every poor American that doesn't know better.


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