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Grandson of Billy Graham to preach in Kilgore

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- His family has ministered to presidents and packed stadiums around the world, and now the third generation of the Billy Graham ministry is coming to east Texas. He's filling the giant shoes of his grandfather , who ministered millions. Jonathan Lotz is the grandson of reverend Billy Graham.

"Oh its the same message that's been changing lives from the cross of calvary over 2000 years ago, the same message that saved my life, the same message I will share, as an 8 year old boy I watched a Billy Graham crusade on t-v and I heard the gospel for the first time, I'm doing what god called me to do, preach the gospel, so the shoes that I have to fill are mine," says Jonathan.

His grandfather has held dozens of crusades over 60 years, Jonathan will host his first in Kilgore.

"The east Texas crusade for Christ is my first crusade where I'm the lead evangelist, to Longview, Kilgore, to Tyler specifically to tell them that Jesus loves them," he says.

But he has his own story to tell , apart from his legacy, he's overcome divorce and cancer, and seeks to heal others through ministry.

"God has called me to east Texas to preach the gospel," Jonathan says.

And he's taken advice from grand-dad.

"When I talked to him about it, he said Jonathan , pray," he says.

At 6-9 , with a booming voice, there's a familiar Graham delivery.

"My grand-daddy has certainly gone before me and left a legacy and because of my grand-daddy I came to Christ, I think my grand-daddy, also would tell me that he loved me," he says.

Jonathan Lotz crusade for Christ will be held at R.E. Saint John stadium in Kilgore , April 13th, 14th and 15th at 7 PM nightly.

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