Watch Live: Coverage of Billy Graham’s Funeral

By   •   February 26, 2018

Today—Friday, March 2—Billy Graham’s private funeral service will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. About 2,300 invited guests are expected to attend. Following the service, Mr. Graham will be buried beside his late wife, Ruth, whose grave is at the foot of the cross-shaped brick walkway in the Library’s Prayer Garden.

While the funeral service is private, the public can watch a live stream beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The service itself is scheduled to begin at noon ET.

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The funeral is expected to last 90 minutes. It will be held under a large tent that has been constructed in the main parking lot in front of the Library. The tent serves as a reminder of how Mr. Graham’s ministry launched under “The Canvas Cathedral”—a white canvas tent during a 1949 Crusade in downtown Los Angeles, where 350,000 people heard him share the Gospel over a period of eight weeks.

“It was Mr. Graham’s explicit intent that his funeral service reflect and reinforce the Gospel message he preached for more than 60 years,” said Mark DeMoss, spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Billy Graham's casket taken from hearse in front of library
Billy Graham made his final trip “home” to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday after lying in honor inside the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The Graham family and a number of BGEA employees stood by as Mr. Graham’s casket was carried onto the grounds.

Mr. Graham’s sister and each of his five children will speak at the service. His oldest son, Franklin Graham, will bring the funeral message.

Dr. Donald Wilton and Dr. David Bruce will speak at the private interment service. Dr. Wilton was Mr. Graham’s pastor and a close friend in recent years. Dr. Bruce served for 23 years as Mr. Graham’s executive assistant.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to attend the service, along with Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence.

As millions are expected to watch the funeral service for “God’s Ambassador,” the man himself would’ve wanted only one thing: for the Gospel to be spread. His life’s work will continue as the love and hope of Jesus Christ is shared on Friday.

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  1. solomon chime says:

    I give God the glory for the successful ministry of one of God’s general who has gone home at God’s expected time. What a life well spent in reaching out to this dying world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Barbara Lee Allen says:

    I was a small, abused girl when I first heard Rev. Graham on TV at one of his Crusades. No one but Jesus knew what was happening to me and when I heard Rev. Graham’s message from Christ, I knew I could live through my shame and fear and that God would lift me out somehow. I am 75 now and I’ve been grateful all these years that I dedicated myself to Jesus as a child. I’ve loved him my entire life and done all I could to teach others about his love and grace. I am a Sunday school teacher for him, because it gives the opportunity to teach how wonderful he is. I do not know what would have happened to me were it not for Rev. Graham. I have counted on him all my life as my greatest spiritual leader. I’m sure he’s walking with Jesus and his beloved.

  3. Theresa Gerber says:

    He truly was a great inspirational man of our era and will be missed by many. My condolences to the entire family.

  4. Roy says:

    Dr. Graham was a very Godly man. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Donald Pascal Pereira says:

    Great gospel preacher who inspires us from Heaven above to continue his mission.

  6. Bobby Bell says:

    Truly a man of God, he will be missed. Rev. Graham’s work will continue, God’s work. The world needs revival. May the Lord continue to bless the Graham family.

  7. Amb. Peer says:

    Thanks to the Graham family for sharing your dad with the rest of us, all America, and likely some other places benefited from his faith journey. Our prayers for all.

  8. Preston lane says:

    Wow what a great servant of God! What great works through the Holy Spirit were done for millions of people around the world! What a light for Jesus! Praise God!!