Evangelist icon Billy Graham turned 95 today.
Known for his national broadcasts, Graham began preaching to the masses in crusades before the digital age.
On Oct. 14, 1951, Graham preached at the Greensboro crusades along West Lee Street.
More than 10,000 people attended the six-week revival underneath a temporary tabernacle.
During his crusade, Graham spoke to area pastors and members of the Piedmont Baptist Association at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church (now known as Life on Lexington) in High Point.
Eleven years later, in March 1962, Graham returned to the triad to preach to community members and students at Wait Chapel on Wake Forest University’s campus.
Professor Bill Leonard of Church History and Baptist Studies said chapel for students was mandatory at the time.
Leonard said besides his ability to reach thousands with his consistent preaching of the gospel, Graham was a pioneer in using media outlets to preach conversion.
His latest message entitled “My Hope America with Billy Graham” can be seen online at billygraham.org.