The North Carolina chief executive meets with Billy and Franklin Graham at Dr. Graham's home
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory visited Billy Graham Friday at his home in Montreat.
McCrory served as mayor of Charlotte for 14 years. He was in office when the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association moved their headquarters to Charlotte and built the Billy Graham Library. McCrory was instrumental in helping to relocate the ministry to North Carolina.
When Samaritan’s Purse organized an airlift with $1 million of emergency relief supplies for victims of the 2008 earthquake in China, Mayor McCrory spoke at the sendoff at Charlotte-Douglas Airport. “To Franklin Graham, to the Billy Graham ministry, and to Samaritan’s Purse, I just want to say thank you for your incredible outreach. You are doing it from your heart, with the grace of God.”
McCrory was an honored guest at dedications of the BGEA headquarters and the Billy Graham Library. The mayor also visited the Operation Christmas Child processing center in Charlotte in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Governor McCrory was visiting the mountains of western North Carolina as part of his “Main Street” tours, which highlight his stated desire to revitalize small towns. He visited a hardware store in Black Mountain earlier in the day, as well as an elementary school in Flat Rock.