Senator Lankford Statement on Billy Graham

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham: 

“Billy Graham was one of the greatest spiritual and moral leaders in American history. His ministry of love, reconciliation, hope, and salvation was world-changing. I thank God for his life and legacy. Graham’s clarity and love for people was contagious – he was, and will always be, a role model of integrity and grace. His work was also very impactful to me as I prepared for fulltime ministry; there is hardly anyone in ministry that was not impacted by Billy Graham.”

Before running for public office in 2010, from 1995 to 2009, Lankford served in fulltime ministry with the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma. While serving in ministry, Lankford was the Youth Committee Chair for Billy Graham’s last crusade mission in Oklahoma in June 2003.