Billy Graham

For 45 years, people prayed for a Billy Graham Crusade to come to Louisville. That constant, stubborn prayer made the impossible possible. In December 2000, the 82-year-old evangelist said God laid Louisville on his heart and announced plans for the Greater Louisville Billy Graham Crusade, June 21-24.

Many believed it would be Graham’s last.

Southeast Senior Minister Bob Russell was on the planning team as churches came together to make it happen.

For four days, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was packed as 191,500 people came through the gates. The Sunday attendance of 50,000 broke the 48,000 attendance record for a country music concert.

It took 15,000 volunteers from area churches to pull it off. Fifty-three denominations and 562 churches were represented in the crowds.

Best of all, some 10,000 people made decisions to follow Jesus, and area churches began to follow up with those who made decisions. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association estimates 70% to 80% remain steadfast in their decision to follow Christ.