Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed ‘America’s Pastor’, dies aged 99

Head shot of Billy Graham speaking at microphone

Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life and was a confidant of presidents, has died at the age of 99.

“America’s Pastor” had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

More than anyone else, Mr Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivalled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the US.

His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

via Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed ‘America’s Pastor’, dies aged 99 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)