Ruth Graham to lead Vespers Service at Happy Birthday America
“Transparent” is the word most people use to describe Ruth Graham, founder and president of Ruth Graham Ministries. Daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, she has family roots that run deep in Augusta County. Graham is the author of multiple books, including best-selling In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (Zondervan 2004), in which she demonstrates her heart for those who face life’s difficult challenges. Her passion is to motivate people by God’s comfort and loving acceptance from a place of woundedness to a place of wholeness in Christ.
“For years my family and I have enjoyed the 4th of July celebrations at Gypsy Hill Park,” says Graham. “I appreciate the emphasis on our American values and traditions and the recognition that God is our foundation. In God we do trust and the Happy Birthday America events celebrate that fact.”
Wil and Langdon Reid of Wilson Fairchild were pleased to learn of Graham’s acceptance to appear at the Happy Birthday America event for 2019. “Ruth’s books and messages are always so relatable and inspiring,” says Langson. “She has a wonderful gift in her speeches to motivate the positive in us and really shine for God. We are blessed to have her here on the 3rd.”
“We are honored and humbled that Ruth Graham accepted our invitation to speak at the Vesper service this year,” says Wil Reid. “She, like us, is carrying on a family tradition that has always represented the blessing of being an American.”
Graham is an experienced Bible teacher and conference speaker. She is a frequent interview subject in the news media having appeared on Good Morning America, Life Today, Fox and Friends, and The 700 Club.
Graham has three children and nine grandchildren. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The free Happy Birthday America concert on July 4 will feature hometown headliners, Wilson Fairchild, (Langdon and Wil Reid) along with special guests The Malpass Brothers.
Happy Birthday America is a non-profit organization hosting the annual Independence Day festivities in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park. The event was created by The Statler Brothers in 1970 as a free, family-oriented, hometown celebration of July 4. Details may be found at www.happybirthdayamerica.org.