Billy Graham joins South Carolina church

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP)—The best-known nonresident member of First Baptist Church in Dallas has moved his membership.

Evangelist Billy Graham has joined First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

Graham, who has been a member of First Baptist Church in Dallas more than 50 years, told Pastor Don Wilton on Christmas Eve that he wanted to join the Spartanburg church, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.

Wilton and his son were visiting Graham at the 90-year-old evangelist's home in Montreat, N.C., about 90 miles from Spartanburg.

The congregation learned about Graham’s decision when Wilton announced it in worship services Dec. 28.

Graham is good friends with Wilton and watches the church's services on television. Graham wrote the foreword to Wilton's 2005 book, Totally Secure: Finding Peace and Protection in the Arms of God.

"Our church is deeply humbled and deeply grateful to accept him as one of our own," Wilton told WSPA-TV in Spartanburg. "And it certainly gives us great joy to do that."

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