The funeral service for Billy Graham, the US pastor and evangelist, was livestreamed on the Internet on 2 March 2018 and the recording is available to watch. A number of churches across England and Scotland also showed the livestream.
Tributes to Billy Graham have been made across the world, including from UK Church leaders, since his death on 21 February 2018 at the age of 99.
Lynn Green, General Secretary of our Baptist Union:
‘Few Christian leaders will ever rival the impact Billy Graham has made for the sake of the Kingdom.
‘I am deeply grateful for the way that this anointed man has been faithful to God’s call,’ she continued, ‘His personal integrity, his dedication to nurturing the gifts that God had given him and his harnessing of innovation in communications have meant that individuals and communities right around the world have been transformed by Jesus.
‘Yet Billy Graham describes himself as but one link in a glorious chain of God’s people sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
‘As we give thanks for Billy, we also need embrace our own ongoing call, here and now, to fulfil our own part as a link in that same glorious chain.’
There are further tributes to Billy Graham on the Baptist Union of Great Britain website.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury:
‘Dr Billy Graham stood as an exemplar to generation upon generation of modern Christians. When it comes to a living and lasting influence upon the worldwide church he can have few equals: for he introduced person after person to Jesus Christ. There are countless numbers who began their journey of faith because of Dr Graham.
“The debt owed by the global church to him is immeasurable and inexpressible. Personally I am profoundly grateful to God for the life and ministry of this good and faithful servant of the gospel; by his example he challenged all Christians to imitate how he lived and what he did.
“He was one who met presidents and preachers, monarchs and musicians, the poor and the rich, the young and the old, face to face. Yet now he is face to face with Jesus Christ, his saviour and ours. It is the meeting he has been looking forward to for the whole of his life.’
Coptic Orthodox Church
Saddened to hear of the passing of one of the most influential #Christian leaders of the 20th Century, #BillyGraham, but thankful for his ministry, witness and legacy. Praying repose for him, and comfort for his family and many millions of disciples around the world. pic.twitter.com/M0rW49wFR6
— Bishop Angaelos ن (@BishopAngaelos) February 21, 2018
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor:
‘We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Billy Graham, without doubt one of the greatest evangelists of the last century. He shared the love of Jesus Christ to millions around the world.’
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Revd Dr Derek Browning:
‘Billy Graham’s ministry has for many people across the world played a significant part in their lives and their coming to faith. The sincerity and passion Graham brought to his preaching and witness to the gospel has left a considerable thumbprint on twentieth century Christianity.
‘I heard Dr Graham speak at Murrayfield in the 1990s and was struck by the utter simplicity of what he said, the clarity of the good news he offered, and the genuine love he showed for those who responded to what he had to say.
‘He has remained a powerful voice in the Christian world, capitalising on the development of the medium of television. He has been a confidant not only of the great and good, but of ordinary believers who have been drawn to his straightforward and searching message of personal hope in the mercy of Jesus Christ.”
‘Countless thousands will have been challenged by that message, and come through different routes to a living faith. This will remain the lasting testimony to Dr Graham’s life-long work.’
There are further tributes to Billy Graham on the Church of Scotland website.
Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary the World Council of Churches:
‘The death of Rev. Dr Billy Graham marks a milestone in the landscape of churches worldwide, as he was a highly respected church leader and preacher of the gospel in the USA and around the world.
‘He has played an important role for many people in their encounters with the gospel and with Christian faith. He was an evangelist at heart.
‘The World Council of Churches and Billy Graham were not always in agreement on questions of how Christianity should contribute to work for peace and justice in the world, but he respected a clear position and worked sincerely on a wide range of issues.
‘Evangelical Christians in particular have much to thank Graham for. He gave Biblical depth and weight to the evangelical context – something that is dearly needed, not least in our time today – in the US and elsewhere.’