Wheaton College to hold Friday service for Billy Graham

Wheaton College will hold a memorial service Friday morning for the Rev. Billy Graham to coincide with the funeral for the late evangelist in his home state of North Carolina.

The gathering at the Edman Memorial Chapel will pay tribute to the school's most famous alumnus and watch a livestream of his funeral from Charlotte, North Carolina. The college's concert choir will perform during the public service that begins at 11 a.m.

Graham had a preaching ministry as a Wheaton student long before he took his crusades to millions around the world and became a counselor to U.S. presidents. Graham died at his home Feb. 21. The 99-year-old had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

Though Graham had been removed from the public eye for years, his presence at the college is inescapable. A 1943 graduate, Graham met his wife, Ruth, at the school and preached on Sundays in downtown Wheaton.

His last trip to the college was in 1994 for the rededication of his namesake center.

“Billy Graham often came back to campus,” college President Philip Ryken said last week after Graham's death. “He served for decades as a member of our board of trustees and loved to encourage the ongoing work of Wheaton College.”

The Billy Graham Center Museum also has extended its hours for a special photo exhibit of the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history. The collection honoring Graham's ministry will be on display through March 10.

Tickets to Friday's service are not required. Doors to the chapel, at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets in Wheaton, will open at 10:30 a.m.

The college also will livestream the service online at

Wheaton College students learning about Graham's influence

Author: Graham will be remembered as great Christian

A look at Billy Graham's achievements

Images: Rev. Billy Graham, 1918 - 2018

'Well done, good and faithful servant' Rev. Billy Graham's legacy spreads from Wheaton to the world

Billy Graham went from tent revivals to the White House

Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

Thousands pay their respects to the Rev. Billy Graham

Pallbearers carry the casket with the body of Billy Graham past family members to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. AP Photo/Nell Redmond
Evangelist Billy Graham addressed more than 100,000 Berliners at the Olympic Stadium in Germany on June 27, 1954. Associated Press
Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the "flag" link in the lower-right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.