The life of American evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham was celebrated on Friday, March 2, 2018. Billy Graham died on February 21 at 99 years of age. The Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk, represented the PCC at the funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Surely no other evangelist is as well known as Billy Graham. Almost everyone seems to have a ‘Billy Graham story.’ He had a direct impact on 215 million people though his crusades and countless more through television and books. On Friday March 2, his funeral service was held in a ‘canvas cathedral’ near the library and offices bearing his name in Charlotte, North Carolina. The service, attended by 2,300 people, was reminiscent of a crusade and was clearly an opportunity to proclaim the gospel that was so dear to Graham’s heart and which he shared so passionately throughout eight decades of preaching. In the congregation, there was a spirit of thanksgiving, and a sense of honour to be present remembering a person who, for many, has been a towering Christian leader and a man of humility and integrity throughout his ministry. I recall hearing Dr. Graham speak when we took our church youth group to the Sky Dome in Toronto in 1995. His message then was clear and simple: God loves you. And nothing is more important than your relationship with Jesus.”
—The Rev. Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk
The Presbyterian Church in Canada