How This Famed Evangelist Reacted When Someone Failed to Recognize Him

(Charisma News Archives)

Bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins has written almost 200 books in his long career, including the bestselling Left Behind series, which has sold in the realm of 16 million copies. He has worked with and written for everyone from the late Pastor Tim LaHaye, who collaborated with him on that series, to sports figures and major Christian leaders. But on a popular episode of the Greenelines podcast, Jenkins shares a story about the late, great Billy Graham that reveals the evangelist's humble personality—and his sense of humor.

"He was the same behind closed doors as he was in public—very humble, very Christ-honoring," Jenkins says. "I worked with him for about 13 months off and on, traveling down to North Carolina. My wife said every time I came back, I looked like I was walking on air.

"But we worked, and he wanted to get away from the office, and we went to a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida," Jenkins says. "And he was trying to keep away from too many phone calls and visitors. And one morning, he wanted to get a haircut."

Jenkins followed Graham to the hotel barbershop, where, he says, "He was getting a haircut, and the manicurist struck up a conversation with him. She said, 'So what do you do?'

"And in his inimitable accent, he said, 'I'm a preacher.'

"And she goes, 'Oh, I don't care for too many preachers; I don't listen to too many preachers.' And she said, 'In fact, the only preacher I'll listen to is Billy Graham.'

"And he said, 'You like Billy Graham, do you?'"

"She said, 'Oh yeah, he preaches straight from the Bible. I really learn a lot from him.'

"He said, 'Well, thank you. I'm Billy Graham.'

"And she said, 'Oh, you don't even look like him.'

"The barber backed up and pointed at him and said, 'It's really him,'" Jenkins recounts. "And she said, 'Oh my God."

"No, but I work for him," Graham told the woman.

"He was a wonderful person and really unique," Jenkins says. "I don't think we'll see the likes of him again." For much more from Jerry Jenkins on his writing, his memories and his new book, The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name, based on the popular television series The Chosen, produced by his son Dallas Jenkins, listen to the entire episode of Greenelines at this link, and subscribe to Greenelines on your favorite podcast platform for more inspiring stories like this one.

Read articles like this one and other Spirit-led content in our new platform, CHARISMA PLUS.


To contact us or to submit an article, click here.


Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective